WOODWARD — The Woodward-Granger netters concluded their regular season by posting a 5-0 mark and winning the championship of their own invitational Saturday, capping the event with a 2-1 win over Class 1A No. 8 Grandview Park Baptist in the finals.
W-G (22-15 overall) rolled past Iowa Christian Academy (21-11, 21-10) and Colfax-Mingo (21-10, 21-7) in their first two matches before dispatching a game South Hardin squad (22-20, 21-18) in their final pool play match.
The Hawks then defeated Panorama, 25-21 and 25-13, in the semifinals to set up a showdown the GPB.
The Defenders posted a 25-19 win in game one of the finals, only to have the Hawks force a third game with a 26-24 game two victory. W-G was able crown themselves champs thanks to a 15-7 victory in the decisive third game.
W-G served well in the event, finishing a combined 207-of-224 (.92 percent) with 24 aces. They were 58-of-60 in the finals, with Tori Manning a dynamic 24-of-24 with an ace. The Hawks had 31 kills against the Defenders with only two kill errors.
Manning was a combined 49-50-2 serving, with Bree Lesch 42-44-7, Abby Musser 31-35-9 and Mary Hansen 29-33-6. Olivia McCune was 28-32-4 behind the line and Maggie Bermel 26-28-7, with Rachel Spinler 2-of-2.
Musser led the team with 32 digs, with Manning adding 26 and Lesch 23 while Abby Hansen and McCune each had five blocks at the net. Dalaney Bice tallied three blocks, and Mary Hansen two with Lesch and Cailin Coker also making blocks.
Musser had 36 kills, McCune 30 and Abby Hansen 20, with Mary Hansen providing 16 kills, Lesch five and Coker three. Bermel had 50 assists and Mary Hansen 39 to set up the W-G attack.
W-G was coming off a disappointing 3-1 loss at Guthrie Center Oct. 17 that created a share of second place in the West Central Conference for the two schools, who posted conference marks of 6-2. Des Moines Christian finished 8-0 in WCC play to win the league title.
Guthrie Center opened with wins of 26-24 and 25-19 before W-G responded with a 25-16 win. The Tigers then closed the victory with a 25-13 triumph in the fourth game.
Mary Hansen had 12 kills to lead W-G, with McCune and Musser making nine kills each while Lesch had six kills, Abby Hansen five and Bice two. McCune had two blocks, with Musser and Mary Hansen adding a block apiece.
Bermel had 17 assists and Mary Hansen 15, with Musser adding 22 digs, Lesch 19 and Manning 15.
McCune was 17-of-19 serving and Mussser 11-of-12, with Manning 8-of-9 and Mary Hansen 6-of-8. Lesch finished 14-14-2 and Bermel 11-12-1 behind the line.