Van Buren volleyball rolls; Pekin, Cardinal struggle over the weekend

The three small school volleyball teams have been making the rounds with Van Buren adding multiple wins weekly, while Pekin and Cardinal had tough tournaments this past weekend.

Van Buren

The Warriors were pushed in all three games August 30 at West Burlington, but still managed to sweep the Nikes 3-0 with set scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-19.

Juniors Selena Sayre and Logan Schmidt led the team with 17 kills and 23 assists, respectively, while sophomore Isabell Manning led the Warriors in both digs with 25 and serve success going 19-20.

Head Coach Matt Zeitler and his squad then hosted Cardinal Tuesday and improved to 10-1 overall with a 3-1 victory over the Comets.

The Warriors came out in dominant form, taking game one 25-9 from Cardinal before falling 25-18 in the second set.

Van Buren followed with 25-18 and 25-19 set wins to secure the SEISC victory.

Sayre again led the team with 21 kills and Schmidt again had the most assists with 28.

Manning was the top digger with 31, although Schmidt had the best night serving, going 25-26 for a .962 serve efficiency.


Before the Comets fell at Keosauqua, they went 0-3 over the weekend at Coon Rapids-Bayard and got swept 2-0 in all three matches.

CAM, Anita defeated the Comets 21-9 and 21-5, Panorama bested Cardinal 21-15 and 21-11 and AHSTW, Avoca swept as well with 21-13 and 21-12 victories.


Pekin defeated Winfield-Mt. Union 3-2 in a road SEISC contest August 30 with set scores of 25-14, 20-25, 25-19, 21-25 and 15-12.

The Panthers then traveled to Burlington-Notre Dame for three Saturday matches with Pekin losing the trio by a combined game tally of 6-1.

Danville defeated Pekin in two games, 21-12 and 21-15; IMS also swept the Panthers with scores of 21-13 and 23-21; Burlington-Notre Dame held on 22-20 in set one, lost to the Panthers in game two 21-19 and then defeated Pekin in the decisive game 15-12.

The Panthers returned home Sept. 4 and defeated Columbus Junction in four games with scores of 25-16, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-14.