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Girls snag a game from Beckman

Solon falls 3-1 on the road to No. 6 Blazers
Maddie Manifold celebrates a point against West Delaware Sept. 15 in Solon. Manifold had eight kills and five blocks against Beckman Catholic Sept. 29 in Dyersville. (file photos by Doug Lindner)

DYERSVILLE– Solon was poised to force a fifth and deciding game against No. 6 (2A) Beckman Catholic, but ran out of points.
The Blazers instead handed the Spartans a 3-1 WaMaC Conference East Division loss at Dyersville Sept. 29.
Beckman edged Solon 25-20 in game one, and held the Spartans at bay in game two, 25-17. But the Spartans turned the tables for a 25-21 win in the third game before narrowly falling 25-23 in the fourth and final set.
“We changed setters and found a way to start blocking their big hitter and picking up their hits,” Solon head Coach Jeff Walker observed. “Kennedy Bombei did a great job of setting and Sophia Stahle came in and played great in the back row.”
Junior Alexa Hupfeld (16), seniors Kennedy Bombei and Sydney Langenberg (nine each) and Stahle (eight) provided the bulk of Solon’s 59 digs, and helped the team keep up defensively against the Blazers.
The Spartans recorded 17 total blocks, led by junior Maddie Manifold and sophomore Delaney Bombei with five each. Senior Katlyn Jeter added four and junior Camryn Keith three.
Beckman’s Kiersten Schmitt led sixth-ranked Blazers with nine blocks and 15 kills.
But Solon’s offense was more efficient, needing only 70 swings for 38 kills, compared to 127 attacks for the Blazers’ 42 kills.
Delaney Bombei led the Spartans with 11 kills, supported by eight from Manifold and six each from Keith and Kennedy Bombei. Kennedy Bombei had a team-high 15 assists, with eight by sophomore Kylee Flynn.
Hupfeld (six) and Kennedy Bombei (four) had 10 of the team’s 15 service aces. Beckman managed six.
Solon dropped to 11-16 with the loss.
“The main thing we try to instill is first go out and have fun and everything else will fall into place,” Walker noted. “We are starting to get to that level of play now that if anyone takes us for granted, they may be surprised.”
After hosting Maquoketa to end the conference season Oct. 6, Solon heads for an Oct. 10 tournament at Center Point-Urbana.
WaMaC Conference pool play will take place Monday, Oct. 12, at West Delaware with the WaMaC Varsity Tournament Thursday, Oct. 15, at Mount Vernon.