ANITA – CAM – fresh off tying for a traditional Rolling Valley Conference championship – went 2-1 at their own Cougar Volleyball Inivtational Saturday at Anita.

This year’s event had pool play only and no semifinals or finals as in past years. Exira-EHK and Riverside competed in one pool, while the Cougars and ACGC were in the other.

For the Cougars, the big win was a three-setter over Class 2A ACGC, rebounding from a 21-9 loss to win the next two sets 21-19, 15-8.

CAM recorded 20 kills in the match, with Zoey Baylor connecting on seven and Mady McKee six. Taylor Bower had 16 of the team’s 20 assists, while Marissa Spieker was strong defensively with 14 digs.

The Cougars also picked up a sweep of Ar-We-Va, 21-15, 21-14, but fell to Class 2A No. 6 Underwood 21-11, 21-17. Baylor led the offense with four kills while Bower had 12 assists.

In the loss to the Eagles, Eva Steffensen had four kills and Mallory Behnken three. Breanna Bower added seven digs on defense.

CAM is now 20-4 and will likely have one of the top two seeds – Coon Rapids-Bayard and the Cougars both ended with 7-1 records – at the Rolling Valley Conference tournament this Saturday in Woodbine.

ACGC’s stats weren’t posted Sunday afternoon. The Chargers, who were ranked earlier this season and are now 14-5, were swept by Underwood (21-13, 21-17) but came back to pick up a two-set win over Ar-We-Va, 21-10, 21-11.

In the morning session, Exira-EHK, who’ll probably be the sixth seed at the RVC tourney, improved to 10-17 with wins over Paton-Churdan and Orient-Macksburg, but a loss to Riverside, 21-11, 21-9.

Riverside went 2-1, falling in three sets to Paton-Churdan (13-21, 21-18, 15-8) but – besides the win over the Spartans – beating Orient-Macksburg 21-6, 21-8.

For the day, Kenna Ford ended with 43 assists to pace the offense, and was also strong on defense with 19 digs. Veronica Andrusyshyn had 15 kills while Izzy Bluml added 14. The Bulldogs are now 14-10 going into the Western Iowa Conference tournament this week, where they’ll be the No. 6 seed against Tri-Center of Neola.

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