Allison Gottschalk racked up 11 kills as A-D-M beat Grinnell 3-0 in a regional opener on Monday in Adel.
Gottschalk, one of four seniors on the team, posted a .450 efficiency in the Tigers’ 25-21, 25-13, 25-14 victory. She also had six digs as well as three aces on 17-of-17 serving.
Junior Abby Merschman added nine kills on .438 hitting, and Haley Schepers finished with eight kills, nine digs and 10-of-11 serving. Torrie Hook added five kills and 16 digs, and Kari Dufoe finished with four kills and five blocks.
Marissa Felt added 15 assists and five digs, while Brennan Hook contributed 13 assists. Maddie Powers had a team-high 19 digs.
“I thought the girls did a great job of working together and staying unified,” coach Mary Beth Scott said. “Grinnell did a lot of tipping and we had to keep that in mind and be ready for anything. We knew we were up against a team that was similar in style.”
The 14th-ranked Tigers face a test in the Region 4 semifinal on Thursday when they travel to No. 12 Newton. The teams have split two matches this season. The first was a 21-17, 22-20 Cardinal victory at Newton’s early-season tournament. The Tigers returned the favor a few weeks later at their own tournament with a 21-16, 21-15 victory, buoyed by a nine-kill, three-block match from Torrie Hook. The Tigers hit at a .373 clip, and both Powers and Marissa Felt had two aces.
“They, too, are pretty similar to us, and we need to do a good job of blocking them and digging their hitters,” Scott said. “The key to us winning is to be very balanced and consistent. Everyone needs to be doing their jobs.”
A-D-M (24-12) is playing its best ball of the season with 10 wins in its last 11 matches. Newton (26-12) won eight of its last 11 to close out the regular season.