Wolves, Warriors set for regionals

W-MU, WACO host first round of regionals, No. 10 New London sits out with bye

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Jenna Buffington pushes the ball over the net during the SEISC tournament pool play night in Donellson.
GTNS file photo Jenna Buffington pushes the ball over the net during the SEISC tournament pool play night in Donellson.

Let the fall postseason officially start. Small school volleyball teams all around the country are gearing up for the opening round of the regional volleyball tournaments, as the fields will start to narrow today (Tuesday).

Both WACO and Winfield-Mt. Union will host their regional openers. No. 10 New London has a bye and will not be in action tonight.

WACO faces a familiar foe. The Warriors will take on Notre Dame, the team they swept on senior night, 25-23, 25-22 and 25-13.

The Warriors were able to spread the ball around during that game. Kristen Conley, Morgan Graber and Clara Schmitz all had eight kills in the home win.

Junior hitter Rylie Todd leads the Notre Dame offense with 162 kills. She also had the most kills of anyone during their last meeting, collecting nine.

Graber’s 167 kills lead the Warriors. She, Schmitz (144 kills) and Conley (131 kills) are the only three WACO players with over 100 kills.

W-MU will face a struggling Sigourney team for the first time this season. The Savages are just 8-20 this year.

Sloane Magill is definitely the player to watch for Sigourney on the offensive side. She has 183 kills today, over 100 more than second on the team (Guilla Molinari, 82 kills). The Wolves’ block will need to keep her at bay if they want to extend their season.

W-MU finished one game below .500 this year, but they did win two of their last three games, and five of their last nine.

The Wolves, much like the Savages, have one hitter who stands out among the rest. Sophomore Jenna Buffington has crushed teams on the outside all year, and she goes into postseason play with 216 kills.

If both teams can pull off a win tonight, they’ll have some stiff competition in the second round on Monday, Oct. 22. WACO would travel to No. 3 Holy Trinity, the top seed in Class 1A Region 8. W-MU, who plays in Region 7, would get the winner of the Iowa Mennonite vs. Tri-County game.

New London will take on Keota in Monday’s second round. The winner of that game will face the surviving team from the W-MU quadrant in a regional semifinal game three days later. The top seed in Region 7 is No. 7 Montezuma.