Host Humboldt 2nd, Dodgers in action

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt volleyball team finished as runner-up in their home invitational on Saturday.

The Wildcats went 5-1, losing only to top-ranked Carroll Kuemper (21-19, 21-17). Kuemper finished 6-0.

All five of Humboldt’s victories were sweeps. They defeated Grand View Christian (21-10, 21-8), Fort Dodge (21-18, 21-14), Emmetsburg (21-13, 21-13) and Spirit Lake (21-14, 21-18).

Jori Hajek led the Wildcats with 29 kills. Kyah Arnold (23), Ashlyn Clark (21) and Kendal Clark (19) also contributed.

Deni McDaniel (39) and Macy Becker (24) were the assists leaders.

Carlie Thompson (46), Hajek (32) and McDaniel (25) paced Humboldt in digs.

Mady Lange had eight blocks and Kendal Clark had six.

Fort Dodge finished the tournament 2-4 with victories over Emmetsburg (21-13, 21-14) and Grand View Christian (21-13, 21-9).

They lost to South Central Calhoun (21-9, 15-21, 12-15), Spirit Lake (13-21, 11-21) and Kuemper (13-21, 11-21).

“We showed energy and maintained every point, so that was definitely a plus and a positive,” said Fort Dodge head coach Toni Cochrane. “The underclassmen are stepping up.”

Kacee Gollob led the Dodgers with 13 blocks. Kiana Touney had 12 and Teyha Miller added eight.

Emma Bloom scored 25 service points with four aces. Touney had 24 with six aces.

Molly Hartman led Fort Dodge with 36 digs. Ciarra Love had 20, and Brooke Erickson added 18.

Gollob tallied 18 kills, while Erickson recorded 15 and Touney had 11.

Kathryn Cochrane had 38 assists and Bloom had 26.

It was a tough day on the injury front for the Dodgers, as they started to add up as the day went on.

“We had a good day, but it was a grueling day,” said Fort Dodge head coach Toni Cochrane. “We came out a little unhealthy. About the middle of the day, we lost Kacee with a knee injury and a couple of others suffered setbacks.”

The Dodgers are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Ankeny Centennial.

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