ODEBOLT - Fast-improving River Valley handled tough Battle Creek-Ida Grove 21-12, 18-21, 15-7 on the way to a resounding championship of the 2006 Maple Valley Conference Volleyball Tournament here Monday night.
The Wolverines of coach Marlene Baumann, defeated Woodbury Central in the semifinals here Monday 21-18, 21-13, while the Falcons beat Lawton-Bronson 21-16, 21-13 in the other semifinal.
River Valley won all five matches at Saturday's MVC Pool Play in Kingsley to earn a semifinal berth. RV beat Kingsley-Pierson 21-16, 21-18; Galva-Holstein 21-10, 21-18; Remsen-Union 21-19, 21-15; Odebolt-Arthur 21-15, 17-21, 15-11; and Lawton-Bronson 21-17, 21-16.
"We had a really good day," said Baumann after her team's impressive showing in pool play. "We played as a team. When someone had trouble, another team member stepped it up. It was awesome!
"Our weak point on the day was serving. We just gave too many points away."
Alissa Slota led RV in serving in pool play with a 46-50 effort and 11 aces, followed by Marisa Graham 34-43 and 10 aces, Trish Todd 30-33 and two aces, and Katie Carnes 18-18 and one ace.
Carnes also led in ace sets with 72, and Todd added 18. Angie Edwards led RV in digs with 34, and Garaham recorded 17.
Graham paced the Wolverines in attacks with a 100-121 day and 55 kills, followed by Jody Peterson 59-74 and 20 kills, Todd 45-49 and 18 kills, and Slota 24-32 and seven kills. Graham also led in blocks with 21, while Todd had 18, Slota eight, and Peterson five.
Slota led her team in serving in the semifinal win over Woodbury Central with 12-12 and two aces, while Carnes was 11-11 and two aces, and Peterson 7-7 and one ace. Carnes led in assists with 17.
Graham led in attacks with 16-22 and 11 kills, followed by Peterson 13-14 and three kills, Slota 11-12 and four kills, and Todd 7-8 and one kill.
"We served really well tonight. Everyone played heads-up ball and it allowed us to make the finals," said Baumann. "Marisa, Alissa, Jody, Emily and Trish are a great front attack complimented by setter Katie."
Peterson came through as serving leader in the championship win over BCIG, totaling 17-18 and five aces. Todd was 9-10 and one ace, Edwards 6-6 and two aces, and Carnes 5-5. Carnes also led in set assists with 20.
Graham led RV in attacks with 24-31 and 13 kills, while Todd was 15-15 with eight kills, and Peterson 11-13 and three kills. Edwards and Graham led in digs with six apiece.
"The team played awesome," praised Baumann. "We had our down spots, but that made us more determined. Emily had a great match. She continues to get stronger as the year goes by and that gives us another dimension on offense.
"Needless to say, I'm really proud of the team's accomplishments."
River Valley hosts the River Valley Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Correctionville.