MARION — What the Marion Indians lacked in confidence, they made up for in honesty.
“I didn’t expect to win this tournament,” senior Andrea Landuyt said. “I thought Center Point-Urbana was going to win it all. I think we all did.”
Added Coach Roxanne Paulsen: “I think Beckman did us a favor (in the semifinals).”
Class 4A 12th-ranked Marion captured its second straight Wamac Conference volleyball tournament Thursday night at Marion High School, capping it with a three-set triumph over 3A No. 11 Beckman, 25-23, 24-26, 15-10, in the championship match.
“We came in here thinking we had a shot,” said setter Caitlyn Smith, a Drake University recruit. “It was a little more difficult at the end than we wanted. But I think this gives us some more confidence and shows what we’re capable of.”
The championship match pitted West Division runner-up Marion (25-13) against East runner-up Beckman (28-12). The Indians took down East champ Mount Vernon in a three-set quarterfinal, then the Blazers dumped West Division winner CPU — the tournament favorite — in the semifinals, 19-25, 25-23, 15-13.
“It looked like we were out of it a couple times there against CPU,” said Beckman Coach Todd Troutman, in his first season back at the Blazers’ helm. “We came here wanting to play three matches, and we played three matches against very good teams.”
Marion was clinging to a 10-9 lead in the final set before going on a game-breaking run. Smith smacked a kill, then Holly Faley and Delaney Rice combined for a block to make it 12-9.
Faley and Landuyt recorded kills to get the Indians to match point. The Blazers saved one of them, then Faley’s kill wrapped it up.
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Marion trailed, 22-20, in the first set, but Landuyt had four kills in the Indians’ 5-1 sprint to win it.
Landuyt’s kill gave the Indians match point at 24-23 in Game 2, but Beckman stormed back with the final three points of the set, capped by back-to-back kills by Morgan Funke.
After outlasting Mount Vernon in the first round, the Indians topped Western Dubuque, 25-21, 25-23, in the semifinals.
Beckman swept West Delaware in the quarterfinals, then completed an improbable comeback to upset CPU. The Blazers trailed the third set 13-9 before scoring the final six points.
WAMAC CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
At Marion High School
Williamsburg def. DeWitt Central, 25-18, 25-23
Clear Creek Amana def. South Tama, 25-9, 25-22
Maquoketa def. Anamosa, 25-22, 21-25, 17-15
Benton Community def. Vinton-Shellsburg, 25-20, 25-11
Extra Consolation Matches
DeWitt Central def. Vinton-Shellsburg, 25-23, 25-23
Anamosa def. South Tama, 25-17, 18-25, 15-12
Clear Creek Amana def. Williamsburg, 25-23, 25-18
Benton Community def. Maquoketa, 25-15, 25-13
Clear Creek Amana def. Benton Community, 25-23, 25-16
Marion def. Mount Vernon, 20-25, 26-24, 15-11
Western Dubuque def. Solon, 25-16, 23-25, 15-11
Dyersville Beckman def. West Delaware, 25-19, 25-18
Center Point-Urbana def. Independence, 25-16, 25-9
Independence def. Mount Vernon, 25-19, 25-23
West Delaware def. Solon, 25-22, 28-26
Marion def. Western Dubuque, 25-21, 25-23
Dyersville Beckman def. Center Point-Urbana, 19-25, 25-23, 15-13
Marion def. Dyersville Beckman, 25-23, 24-26, 15-10
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