Bruins go undefeated at the Troy Buchanan Invitational

Monday, September 26, 2011 | 8:24 p.m. CDT; updated 9:42 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 26, 2011

The Rock Bridge girls volleyball team won all five of its games at a tournament Saturday at Troy Buchanan High School. The wins improves the Bruins to 18-4 this season.

In the first match, Rock Bridge came from behind to defeat Fort Zumwalt 17-25, 25-19, 15-11.

“We started off very slow, then found our groove in the middle of the game,” Rock Bridge coach Tatum Anderson said.

Sophie Cunningham led the team with eight kills and Audrey Holt added six. Cora Trout led the team in digs with five, and Ali Kreklow led in assists with 21. Nici Thaler had two aces.

In the second match, the Bruins faced district opponent and tournament host, Troy Buchanan and won 25-16, 25-21.

“We played a great match,” Anderson said. “Setter Ali Kreklow played a great complete match, making wise decisions.”

Cunningham led the team in kills with seven. Holt and Kayla Cheadle added six kills each. Thaler led the team with seven digs, and Kreklow had 19 assists. Cunningham and Madison Boyken each had two aces.

In the third match, Rock Bridge started off slow again and had to come from behind to defeat St. Charles 21-25, 25-15, 15-11. Cunningham again led with 11 kills. Chayla Cheadle added five kills, and Kreklow had 21 assists.

In the fourth match, the Bruins faced St. Charles West, a great team according to Anderson.

“They really pushed us,” Anderson said. “They had great hitters that we had to defend with our block and defense. Everyone did a great job of attacking and competing.”

Rock Bridge battled to defeat St. Charles 20-25, 25-19, 15-4. Sophie Cunningham once again led the team with 11 kills, and Kayla Cheadle added eight. Boyken and Trout led on defense with nine digs each, and Kreklow had 29 assists.

In the final match of the tournament, Rock Bridge defeated Hannibal, another district opponent, 25-23, 25-22. Cunningham had eight kills. Thaler led the team in digs with 12 and Boyken added seven. Kreklow had 13 assists and Holt had 2.5 blocks.

“(It was a) great weekend to see some new teams we haven’t seen yet,” Anderson said. “(We) did a great job of competing and coming from behind. We have been working on playing our style of game and attacking at teams instead of waiting on them to make the errors. It was great to come out of the tournament with some quality wins and the trophy”

The Bruins will go on the road Thursday to face Helias.

“Should be another great test for us,” Anderson said.






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