CHARLES CITY – The Charles City volleyball team puts a wealth of experience on the court, and that is valuable come tournament time.
The Comets, who earned a first-round bye, played host to Webster City in Class 4A regional semifinal play on Tuesday to open their tournament run, and that experience stepped to the forefront in a 3-0 Comets win.
Set scores were 25-15, 25-11 and 25-14.
“It is nice having the seniors step up,” Charles City coach Maddie Fank said. “We made the big plays when we wanted.”
Charles City features seven seniors on its roster.
None of the sets was in doubt as the Comets never trailed at any point.
Charles City took a quick 5-1 lead in the opening set before going on a 10-1 run to win the opener.
The Comets scored eight straight points to break open the second set and opened the third with a 12-3 run.
For the Comets, the big plays started with senior setter Sydney Loeckle.
Loeckle had 31 assists on the night to go along with three kills, eight digs and an ace serve.
Four Comets had at least seven kills as Loeckle was able to spread the ball efficiently.
Tayler Schmidt, another Comet senior, led the way with 11 kills while fellow senior Bailee Bortz had seven kills and a block.
A pair of juniors, Jodie Sindlinger and Samantha Heyer added nine and seven kills, respectively, while Heyer led Charles City with four ace serves.
Charles City (25-14) advances to Monday’s regional final where the Comets will face a familiar foe when they travel to Waverly-Shell Rock.
The conference rivals met twice during the regular season with the Go-Hawks winning 3-1 at Waverly and 2-0 in a tournament at Cresco.
“We have that rivalry with them,” Fank said. “We’ll want to come in with a lot of passion.”