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Goessel wins league volleyball title

The Goessel volleyball team captured the Wheat State League title Sept. 30, capping an unblemished league record by defeating Wakefield.

The Bluebirds grounded the Bombers in two sets 25-7, 25-7. Wakefield got on the scoreboard first, but Goessel rattled off 14 consecutive points to take command in the first set. In the second set, with Alyssa Booton serving, Goessel scored the first 9 points en route to its victory.

The Bluebirds completed league play with a 7-0 record.

Canton was the location for the latest string of Bluebirds victories on Saturday. Goessel came away as champion of the Canton-Galva Invitational Tournament.

Erin Brubaker, Alyssa Booton, and Page Hiebert were selected to the all-tournament team.

In the first match against Canton-Galva, the Bluebirds were slow to get into their rhythm. Goessel jumped out to a 5-0 lead, and extended the margin to 18-12. The Bluebirds ended the game with a 6-0 run to win 25-12. Early in the second set, the Eagles stayed even with the Bluebirds, 7-7. Play in the middle helped the Bluebirds to a 25-18 win, as Alicen Meysing and Olivia Duerksen put up formidable blocks and hits.

Against Solomon, the Bluebirds made more errors than usual as the Gorillas took a 10-11 lead. Page Hiebert became unstoppable hitting from the left side in the last part of the contest. Goessel went on a 15-3 tear to win 25-14. Goessel won the second set 25-7.

In the final match of pool play, the Bluebirds faced Little River. The Bluebirds outplayed their league rivals and won 25-9, 25-7.

Goessel advanced to the semifinals where they faced Sunrise Christian Academy. The Bluebirds jumped out to a 15-3 lead, then coasted to a 25-12 win. In the second set, Goessel led 6-4 before methodically adding distance between themselves and the Buffaloes. The Bluebirds finished the match 25-15 to advance to the championship match.

Goessel faced Halstead for the second time this season. The Bluebirds led 10-8, with Erin Brubaker serving. Several aces, and kills from Page Hiebert and Duerksen, led Goessel to 12 consecutive points. It won the first set 25-12. Goessel’s defense shined in the final match as Duerksen, Page Hiebert, Brubaker, and Meysing got their hands on Halstead hits for five blocks. Booton dished out assists all day and Gentry Thiessen and Makayla King served effectively. Eden Hiebert and Brittney Hiebert provided passing options for the front row. Goessel claimed the championship with a 25-15 win.

Goessel finished the week with an overall record of 27-0. The Bluebirds were to travel to Wakefield on Tuesday for matches with Wakefield and Little River.

Last modified Oct. 9, 2014

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