Sixth ranked FC Sacred Heart responded nicely after a tough week at Mudecas two weeks ago and won all seven matches last week, including a 5-0 showing at the Axtell (KS) Tourney Saturday.
Saturday the Lady Irish began with pool play where they went 3-0 defeating Linn, KS (25-15, 21-25, 25-16), hosts Axtell (25-17, 25-14) and finally Lewiston (25-4, 25-12). The tournament followed the pool play and FCSH defeated Pawnee City (25-20, 25-20) to set up a championship match against Diller-Odell, a ‘contender’ in last week’s Lincoln Journal Star. The Lady Irish handled D-O 25-19 and 25-18 to claim the first place hardware and improved their record to 15-2.
The Lady Irish played Saturday without one of their key contributors in freshman Jade Hill. FCSH head coach Susan Witt said Hill had prior obligations and could not make the trip to Axtell, but said the team adjusted well.
“Overall our team played great,” Witt said. “I felt our team made a great adjustment as we used Ashli Jordan and Maggie Goltz in full rotation since Jade wasn’t there. All the players played great and gave a complete team effort.”
FCSH was outstanding on their serves in Axtell, finishing with a 95.7 percent success rate and 21 aces. Freshman Haylee Heits served 72-of-76 with 10 aces. She also led the team with 36 digs. Sophomore Maggie Goltz was 165-of-177 at the net with 60 kills. Juniors Abby and Elizabeth Magdanz combined for a nearly perfect 100-of-101 serving with six aces and collectively recorded 66 digs. Elizabeth led FCSH with four block assists and finished the day with 109 assists on 366-of-376 setting. Seniors Rachel Parrish, Ashli Jordan and Emma Schock combined to serve 136-of-141 with four aces. Jordan and Schock also finished with 27 and 22 digs, respectively, and Parrish put away 11 kills, two solo blocks and three block assists.
Last Tuesday at Prichard, FCSH put away Lourdes in three sets, 25-21, 25-13 and 25-19. Heits had a huge game with 14 kills, while also serving 19-of-20 for 14 points. Abby Magdanz was 12-for-12 on serves with six points and three aces, while sister Elizabeth was a dual threat with 24 assists and eight kills.
The Lady Irish made quick work of visiting Mound City (MO) last Monday, defeating the Panthers in three sets, 25-11, 25-13 and 25-13. The Magdanz twins combined for 27-of-27 serves for 18 points and five aces. Elizabeth recorded 24 assists and four kills. On the receiving end of those passes were Goltz (11 kills) and Heits (9 kills), who also combined for four blocks. Jordan picked up 16 digs.