Woodward-Granger made short work of Madrid in their Class 2A Region 5 first round contest Tuesday by sweeping to a 3-0 victory.
The Hawks (23-15) won on scores of 25-6, 25-19 and 25-20 despite missing starter Mary Hansen, who was out with an illness. The victory sends W-G to Jewell Oct. 29, where they will battle host South Hamilton. The winner of that game is likely to draw fifth-ranked South Central Calhoun, at Lake City on Nov. 1 in the regional semifinals. The Region 5 finals are set for Nov. 6 in Webster City.
The teams were tied at 4-4 in the opening game when Manning served 13 consecutive points to help the Hawks roll to the 25-6 victory. Madrid had game two knotted at 12-all, but seven straight points from W-G opened a comfortable margin en route to the 25-19 win.
The Tigers led by three or more points only once in the match, which came when the opened the third game with three consecutive points. The hosts eventually opened a 22-16 lead, but Madrid closed to 22-19 before W-G finally put the game — and the match — away.
McCune led the attack with 15 kills, with Abby Musser adding eight kills while Abby Hansen had two kills and Bree Lesch and Maggie Bermel one each. Bermel had 21 assists and Calin Coker three to set the offense.
Lesch and Musser had eight digs apiece, with Manning making five digs and Rachel Spinler four.
Manning was 19-of-19 serving, with Musser 14-of-16 with four aces and Bermel 12-of-13 with two aces. McCune was 8-8-2, Dalaney Bice 7-8-2, Lesch 4-of-6 and Coker 1-of-2.
The Hawks went 5-0 to win their own invitational on Oct. 19, 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 Lesch 42-44-7, Musser 31-35-9 and Mary Hansen 29-33-6. Olivia McCune was 28-32-4 behind the line and 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 contributing 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.