LaMoille-Ohio captured third place in the Little Ten Conference Tournament Friday, defeating Earlville-Leland 25-22, 27-29, 25-17 at Shabbona.
It was the second straight year taking third place for the Lady Lions.
Lexi Loftus knocked down 16 kills while Cassie Martin (9) and Nya Ranel (6) combined for 16 more. Loftus (18) and Martin (13) also tallied 31 digs with Ranel adding nine points and Loftus eight points.
Other leading contributors for the Lady Lions were Maddi Deery (3 kills, 17 assists), Mariah Quest (7 points, 13 assists) and Hannah Weeks (10 points, 25 digs).
Top-seeded Newark (24-3) downed No. 3 Somonauk 25-22, 25-16 to capture its 20th championship in the 42-year history of the LTC tournament.
At Dixon: With no rest for the weary, the Lady Lions returned to action Saturday to play in the Dixon Invite. They finished the day 0-4, falling to Dixon 14-21, 21-17, 9-15; Prophetstown 11-21, 21-13, 10-15; Rock Falls 13-21, 9-21; and Dunlap 15-21, 10-21.
“Credit to the girls as all the schools up there are much larger than us and we hung with them. It’s the competition we seek headed into regionals,” L-O coach Hallie Monroe said. “The girls aren’t happy about the losses, but it will get us closer to where we want to be.”
Having left at 7 a.m. for Dixon and the Amboy Homecoming later that evening, Monroe noted the Lady Lions “took the day off” Monday.
At Amboy: Area teams ran in Monday’s Columbus Day Invitational at Shady Oaks Country Club. Haley Weidner finished sixth (18:36) for the Bureau Valley girls, which placed 10th as a team. Amboy-LaMoille finished sixth (204) as a team, led by sophomore Margaret Vaessen, who placed 23rd (20:09).
The BV boys (14th) were led by Bradley Sierens, who placed 62nd (17:49).
The meet had 45 schools.
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