Falls City Sacred Heart’s Lady Irish volleyball team made it 2-for-2 in first-place tournament finishes this weekend when they went 3-0 at the Humboldt-TR-S Invitational. The Lady Irish, now ranked No. 4 by the Omaha World Herald, improved to 7-0 Saturday, but were defeated last night by Bruning-Davenport-Shickley in the first round of the Mudecas Tournament in Beatrice.
FCSH, playing in the “A” Division of the annual tournament are seeded sixth, but fell to No. 3 seed B-D-S, who entered the tournament 5-0. The Lady Irish will face the loser of last night’s Johnson-Brock and Exeter-Milligan game tonight at 5:45.
Thursday’s finals are as follows and will be played at the Truman Center on the Southeast Community College campus: Fifth place consolation, 2 p.m.; Third place, 5 p.m.; Championship, 8 p.m.
In Humboldt Saturday, the Lady Irish defeated Johnson-Brock, 25-22, 23-25 and 25-23 in their first match and then cruised by Lewiston 25-13 and 25-7 to reach the championship. In the final, FCSH responded nicely after a close loss in the first game, 23-25, with decisive second and third game victories, 25-10 and 25-15.
Sophomore Maggie Goltz had her best game of the season so far in the final against PC, as she finished with 16 kills on .577 hitting and added three blocks. Senior Rachel Parrish was nearly perfect serving and finished 19-for-20 for 15 points, including five aces. Senior Libero Ashli Jordan recorded 18 digs and freshman Haylee Heits put away 12 kills with a .296 hitting percentage. Junior Elizabeth Magdanz connected on 14-of-14 serves for 10 points with two aces and also dished out 29 assists.
In the three games Saturday, Magdanz finished 45-of-45 serving for 39 points and 10 aces, while also recording 75 assists.
Abby Magdanz served 14 points with five aces to lead FCSH in the win over Lewiston and against J-B it was Goltz and Heits with 12 and 10 kills, respectively.
The Lady Irish needed four games to defeat Diller-Odell on the road last Tuesday, 22-25, 25-10, 25-19 and 25-17. Elizabeth was stellar with her serve again, as she finished 26-for-27 with 20 points and eight aces. She also handed out 38 assists. Heits and Goltz put away 13 and 10 kills, respectively and freshman Jade Hill led the defensive effort with four blocks.