Comets win consecutive invites

Fueled by two victories over West Burlington, West Liberty claims the Williamsburg Tournament championship


The West Liberty volleyball team rebounded Saturday in Williamsburg in tournament action after falling earlier in the week against a ranked Mid-Prairie team.

The Comets started week with a conference loss to the Golden Hawks on the road, finally breaking the 26 game streak the Comets held over their foes dating back to 2009. 

Thursday the Comets loaded up and headed to Wellman for the matchup between ranked foes.

Firing out of the gate early, the Comets grabbed an early 1-0 advantage after taking the first set 25-23.

The Comets failed to hit 20 points in either of the next two sets as the Golden Hawks surged ahead to a 2-1 advantage.

The Golden Hawks put the icing on the cake in the fourth set, as they pulled ahead from the Comets to take a 25-21 victory to grab the match.

Ava Morrison tallied 25 assists for the Comets over four sets, the majority of which came off the hand of Sophie Buysse, burying 13 kills.

Gaby Morales anchored the Comet backrow with 13 digs.

Saturday, the Comets started their outing in Williamsburg with a pair of swift victories over Central Lee (27-7, 21-15) and Fairfield (21-11, 21-9), collecting sweeps.

The Comets faced their first bit of competition in their final pool play matchup against West Burlington.

The Falcons beat the Comets in a back-and-forth three-set affair.

Moving ahead into bracket play, the Comets matched up against Beckman Catholic in the semi-final.

The see-saw first set saw the Comets emerge 21-17 victors before heading into the second set.

The Blazers managed to keep the contest close, but the Comets pulled ahead late, taking 22-20 victory to advance to their second straight tournament championship game. The final saw the Comets matchup against West Burlington once again, this time with higher stakes.

The Comets managed needed adjustments and handily took care of their championship foe, allowing 26 points over the two-set match as the Comets work their way to a sweep, 21-15 and 21-11.

Maelyn Wainwright led the team with eight kills. Buysse, Rilee Han and Kaylee Pelzer each had four.

Freshman Emma Yoder led the way with 10 assists,  and junior Gaby Morales did so with 21 digs.

The team served immaculately in the championship, only missing one of their 41 serves and hitting eight aces.

West Liberty will lighten the load this meet, hitting the court for just one event.

The Comets will host their home invitational on Saturday with scheduled visitors being Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Davenport North, Fort Madison, Moline (Ill.), Muscatine, and Washington.

The tournament will kick off Saturday at 9 a.m.