Fort Dodge wins invite

WOODWARD – The Fort Dodge volleyball team put a strong cap on the end of their regular season here Saturday, winning the Woodward-Granger Invitational.

The Dodgers avenged their lone loss of the day in the tournament finals, stunning the ninth-ranked (Class 2A) Hawks in three.

Scores were 21-25, 25-22 and 15-13.

“We played to our potential all day long,” FDSH head coach Tonia Burrell said. “I really feel like this is a turning point for us, and what better time than right before the postseason.”

Kacee Gollob had a team-high 41 kills and 10 blocks for the Dodgers (15-22 overall), while Beth Murman added 38 kills and 43 digs. Hannah Amhoff recorded six blocks and helped “lead the way on the floor.”

“Hannah got everyone to where they needed to be,” Burrell said. “She was an outstanding leader for us.

“All of the girls played great. We continually pushed forward and I felt like we played steady, smart volleyball all day.”

Kaden Pederson was a perfect 43-for-43 serving, while Ebonee Altman was 19 of 20. Josie Shirbroun added 88 assists and Molly Hartman 28 digs.

“We just did all the things we’ve been working so hard on in practice,” Burrell said. ” It all just clicked for the girls.”

Fort Dodge opened the day with sweeps over East Union (22-20, 21-5) and Colfax-Mingo (21-18, 21-19) before falling to Woodward-Granger (21-13, 21-18).

In the semifinals, they downed No. 4 (1A) Grand View Christian, 25-19, 17-25, 15-13, before claiming the tourney title over the Hawks.

Next action for the Dodgers will be Oct. 25 when they travel to Cedar Falls for a Class 5A, Region 1 contest beginning at 7 p.m.