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Semifinal pairings set for annual SCAA volleyball tournament

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dexter junior Hannah Noe delivers one of her team-high 11 kills during the Lady Bearcats' 25-13, 25-7 win over Richland Tuesday at the SCAA tournament in Bell City.
BELL CITY -- An abbreviated schedule on Day 2 of the Stoddard County Activities Association (SCAA) tournament yielded no surprises as the top two seeds posted impressive wins to wrap up the first round Tuesday at Bell City.

Top seed Advance had little trouble disposing of No. 8 Bell City, 25-13, 25-11, while No. 2 Dexter cruised to a 25-13, 25-7 win over No. 7 Richland.

Tournament action will resume Thursday with a full slate (four games) of semifinal matches in both the varsity and junior varsity divisions.

Richland's Katlyn Rofkahr (No. 7) and Baylee Taylor (No. 4) both go for a ball during the first-round match. Earlier Tuesday, top-seed Advance rolled to an impressive 25-13, 25-11 win over host Bell City to complete the first-round of the tournament which opened Monday. Tournament action will resume Thursday with semifinal play in both the varsity and junior varsity brackets. Thursday's first match will get underway at 5 o'clock.
Thursday's action will start at 5 p.m. with a junior varsity match between No. 1 Puxico (first round bye) against No. 4 Advance, a winner in two games over No. 5 Bloomfield Monday. At 6 p.m., No. 2 Dexter (first round bye) will take on No. 5 Bernie, a winner over No. 6 Woodland in two games Monday.

Varsity semifinal action will start at 7 o'clock when Advance will take on No. 4 Puxico. That game will be followed by the evening's night cap when No. 2 Dexter takes on No. 3 Bernie.

Friday will be championship night for the tournament. Action will again get underway at 5 p.m. with the third place jayvee contest, followed by the varsity's third place game.

The junior varsity title game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. with the varsity championship game to follow at approximately 8 o'clock.

Advance's varsity team is undefeated in SCAA regular season play. The Lady Hornets needed three games at home to beat the Lady Bearcats earlier in the season.

Dexter's loss to Advance is the only blemish on the Lady Bearcats' regular-season SCAA record.

But Dexter can't look past an improving Bernie team that took the Lady Bearcats to three games at the Bearcat Event Center earlier this season.

Bernie coach Erin Hoffman has brought with her a new scheme and the Lady Mules are starting to adapt and could prove to be a spoiler at the tournament.

Dexter's new coach Carman Morgan has had to deal with the loss of super sophomore Jessica Lindsey. Lindsey suffered what was termed a high-ankle sprain at the SEMO tournament in Cape Girardeau and has just recently switched from a full-length leg boot to a walking boot.

This is Morgan's first SCAA tournament. Morgan comes to Dexter after retiring from a very successful career at Clearwater High School where she directed her teams four state championships.

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