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Tigers turned away in regional final

A-D-M was dealt a 3-0 loss by fourth-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock in a Class 4A regional final on Tuesday in Webster City.

W-SR’s Elena Gray had 16 kills and four blocks in the Go-Hawks’ 25-13, 25-21, 25-12 victory, their 22nd consecutive win and 46th in 52 matches this season.

“Waverly-Shell Rock was an impressive team and just had too much for us to handle,” coach Mary Beth Scott said. “We kept on fighting and that is all you can ask of your team. I am very proud of their effort and the great season that they had.”

Allison Gottschalk had 11 kills to lead the Tigers, who finished the season with a 25-13 record. Torrie Hook added six kills and a team-high 20 digs, and Haley Schepers had four kills and seven digs.

Marissa Felt finished with 11 assists and 11-of-12 serving, while Brennan Hook added seven assists.

A-D-M reached the regional final, its second in two years, by nabbing a 25-19, 25-27, 25-18, 25-12 victory at No. 12 Newton on Oct. 31.

Torrie Hook racked up 15 kills and 23 digs in that match, while Gottschalk added 13 kills and three blocks. Abby Merschman added six kills and four blocks, and Haley Schepers had six kills and 16 digs. Maddie Powers had 13 digs and was 15-of-15 serving with a pair of aces.

The team’s seniors — Torrie Hook, Gottschalk, Schepers and Powers — have been a part of a big turnaround. After an 8-23 record in 2010, their freshman seasons, the four have helped A-D-M to 72 wins over the last three years, including 25-win seasons and regional final appearances each of the last two seasons. The Tigers won the Raccoon River Conference championship this season.

“I think the seniors brought a lot of confidence and experience,” Scott said. “They knew they could win and they proved it.

“They’ve been a driving force on this team for most of their careers so it will be a very different team next season.”

The expectations will not diminish, however.

“We have high expectations for the returning players and our program,” she said. “We always expect to be playing for the conference championship.”

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