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Solon downs #11 Clinton

Spartans 2-2 at Liberty tournament

NORTH LIBERTY– Solon’s varsity volleyball team has faced its fair share of ranked opponents.
And while the Spartans have kept it competitive, it’s been tough to steal away a game, much less a match.
Notch one in the win column.
Solon took a 2-0 win over the No. 11 (4A) Clinton River Queens, 21-13, 21-15, at Liberty High School’s Volleyball Invitational Sept. 26.
The Spartans went 2-2 at the tournament, falling to the host Lightning (No. 7, 5A) and Center Point-Urbana (CPU) while picking up wins against Fairfield and Clinton.
The River Queens had no answer for junior Maddie Manifold, who was successful on nine of 12 kill attempts. Senior Katlyn Jeter and sophomore Delaney Bombei each added three kills.
It was an active backcourt for Solon, led by junior Alexa Hupfeld with 12 digs. Senior Kennedy Bombei added nine, while sophomore Sophia Stahle had eight. Delaney Bombei added three solo blocks for the defense.
Five Spartans– sophomore Kylee Flynn, Jeter, junior Camryn Keith, Kennedy Bombei and Hupfeld– delivered ace serves, and the team connected on 36 of 37 service attempts (97.3 percent).
Solon’s other win came against the Fairfield Trojans (21-19, 21-19).
The Spartans were efficient on offense, collecting 25 kills on 36 attempts. Manifold and Jeter each had six, with five from Delaney Bombei and Keith. Flynn had all 16 of Solon’s assists. Kennedy Bombei, Keith and Hupfeld accounted for 13 of the team’s 19 digs.
The Spartans came close to stealing a match from the Stormin’ Pointers of CPU.
CPU took control of game one, 21-15, but the Spartans turned the tables with a 21-16 win in game two. The Stormin’ Pointers edged Solon 15-13 in the deciding third game.
Jeter carried the offensive load with 12 kills, while Manifold and Delaney Bombei each added six.
Keith, Manifold and Delaney Bombei each had a solo block on defense, with nine digs from Kennedy Bombei and six each from Stahle and Hupfeld.
Stahle and Keith each had two ace serves and the team was 28-31 (90.3 percent) from behind the line.
The seventh-ranked Lightning dispatched the Spartans 21-13, 21-15, fueled by 11 kills by Liberty sophomore Cassidy Hartmann.
Solon still connected on 14 of 26 kill attempts, led by Manifold with six.
The Spartans had started the week on the road at Marion, facing the No. 7 (4A) Indians Sept. 22. Marion swept Solon 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-21).
“It’s the same old story, we kind of went mental in that game,” Head Coach Jeff Walker said of the second-game letdown. “In the third game, we settled down some and played well. We just have to do that for a total set.”
The Spartans came up with three team blocks and 31 digs, but the Indians delivered 10 ace serves.
Kennedy Bombei had four aces for Solon.
“Kennedy has a float serve that’s hard to judge,” Walker noted.
Solon moved to 11-15 for the season.