The El Dorado VolleyDogs travelled to the Stockton Tournament on Oct. 6 and came home with the second place trophy. Kaili Simmons, Alexa Schaaf and Payton Hallford were named to the All-Tournament team.
During pool play, ElDo defeated Stockton 25-17, 25-20 during their first match. They went on to defeat Hillcrest 25-9, 25-20 and Aurora 25-16, 25-13 to finish as the top seed in their pool.
The VolleyDogs then opened tournament play against Parkview winning 25-21, 25-15. The second round matched ElDo against a very talented Buffalo team. Once again, ElDo came away victorious 25-21, 26-24 earning a chance at the tournament championship.
The championship match was exciting as ElDo battled it out with Fair Grove for the second time this season. ElDo succumbed to Fair Grove finishing second by a score of 22-25, 22-25.
“I had no complaints how we finished this tournament,” said Coach Tonya Hooper. “The girls played hard and we worked on a new line up that we’re likely to use in the post season. The girls got a lot of experience and now we know what kinks need to be worked out. We’re experiencing a ride of a lifetime this season.”
Tournament statistics include: Kaili Simmons had 33 kills, five service aces, 35 digs, two solo blocks and five block assists. Alexa Schaaf had 30 kills, seven service aces, 23 digs, four solo blocks and two block assists. Payton Hallford had 18 kills, three service aces, two digs, 13 solo blocks and 16 block assists. Kameron Schaaf had 19 kills, six service aces, eight digs, two solo blocks and 16 block assists. Courtney Hooper had 11 kills, two digs, seven solo blocks and 10 block assists. Megan Chism had nine kills, four digs, two solo blocks and 14 block assists. Kinli Simmons had one kill, five service aces, five digs and one block assist. Brooke Stacy had two kills, three service aces, 10 digs; Fallyn Ozbun had three service aces, five digs. Kylie Hughes had two service aces. Kate Sibley had nine digs.