Spikers lose 2 league matches; place 3rd in tourney


The Mendota Spikers went up against two Three Rivers Conference heavyweights and lost both matches to drop to 6-5 in league play.

Mendota hosted Sterling Newman on Oct. 5 and the Lady Comets prevailed, 25-13, 25-21.

Marah Setchell and Paige Manning each had three kills to lead Mendota, while Lauren Martin collected 13 digs and Madelyn Becker supplied six assists.

The Spikers traveled to Princeton on Oct. 7 and the Tigresses were 25-12, 25-15 winners.

Manning and Bailey Baird topped the chart with three kills apiece. Lauren Martin led with nine digs and Katie Jenner had four assists.

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The Spikers won two of four matches and finished in third place in the Princeton Varsity Tournament on Oct. 9.

Mendota opened with a 22-25, 25-22, 15-14 decision over Byron. Leading the net attack were Reanna Brant with nine kills, Setchell with eight and Baird with seven. Kya Delao set them up with 19 assists, while Lauren Martin had three ace serves and 19 digs.

The host Tigresses took out the Spikers in match two, 25-17, 25-19. Setchell and Baird topped the club with five kills apiece, Lauren Martin picked up 19 digs, and Delao and Jenner each contributed seven assists.

The Spikers bounced back with a 25-23, 25-15 triumph over Braidwood Reed-Custer in their second match. Setchell paced the squad with nine kills, Delao had three aces and 12 assists, and Lauren Martin totaled nine digs.

Mendota and Sherrard went the three-set limit and the Lady Tigers pulled out a 9-25, 26-24, 15-10 victory over the Spikers (17-12) in their final match of the tournament. Baird and Setchell posted seven and six kills, respectively, and Lauren Martin and Delao each had four aces. Lauren Martin also led with 21 digs and Delao was tops with nine assists.

Princeton took first place in the tournament, Sherrard was second, Reed-Custer placed fourth and Byron was fifth.

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