NEW LONDON — New London’s regional quarterfinal match with Keota took less than an hour on Monday night. The Tigers never let the Eagles get to double digits, winning in style, 25-4, 25-8 and 25-5.
The Tigers overpowered the Eagles throughout the first set. New London grabbed the lead early and didn’t let up en route to a 21-point win.
The second set was closer, but it took the Eagles quite a while to get started. New London scored the first seven points, taking a 7-0 lead on a kill by Addie Pry. The Tigers eventually went up 12-2 for their first double-digit lead of the set.
Keota went back and forth with New London throughout the middle of the set, but could never get the score back to single digits. The lead was down to 11 points at 19-8, but the Tigers scored the final six points to take a 2-0 lead.
Keota stayed close early on in the third set. Kills by Sofie Reighard and Paris Wilka helped New London run out to a 4-0 lead, but Keota rallied back for three of their own, the third on a kill by Brianna Duwa.
New London scored three of the next four points to take a 7-4 lead but a block by Addison Swanson brought the score back to 7-5. It was all downhill from there for the Eagles, as New London closed the game out on an 18-0 run.
Wilka and Kaylor Schulte dominated in set three. Wilka had seven kills in the set including the final point, and Schulte had four.
“I thought (we) came out super strong,” said New London head coach Maureen Heath after the win. “They were focused. They didn’t want to come out and make it a struggle. They wanted to be the dominant team from the beginning.”
Wilka led the Tigers with 13 kills. Schulte was the only other New London player to hit double-digits, with 12. Pry finished the night with eight kills. Reighard had six, and Peyton Jackson finished with two.
Kristen Rohdy had 36 assists in the win. Chloe Coleman had 19 digs, and Alexa Wenger finished the day with 11 digs.
New London was 69-74 serving the ball with an astounding 18 aces. The Tigers actually had more aces than Keota had points.
Wenger dominated on the serve, finishing the night 37-37 with nine aces. Chloe Coleman was 17-18 with seven aces, and Kirsten Rohdy sprinkled in a couple of aces of her own.
New London moved on to play Winfield-Mt. Union in a regional semifinal on Thursday, Oct. 25. That game will be in New London. No. 7 Montezuma hosts Lynnville-Sully in the other regional semifinal. All regional volleyball games begin at 7 p.m.