MAIZE — The Newton High School volleyball team finished 5-1 Saturday to win the Maize Invitational.
Three of the wins and the loss were against ranked opponents.
“I felt like the semifinals and finals were the best we have played to this point,” Newton coach Jamie Dibbens said. “We had a lot of players step up including Maggie (Remsberg) and Asha (Regier).”
Newton opened with a 25-16, 25-18 win over eighth-ranked (KVA, Class 4A-I) Mazie South. Maggie Remsberg had eight kills, followed by Taylor Antonowich with six and DesiRay Kernal with five. Remsberg downed five blocks. Antonowich had 17 digs, followed Kernal with 12. Kyndal Bacon set 25 assists.
Newton fell to third-ranked (Class 6A) Blue Valley West 25-26, 25-20. Blue Valley West is the defending Class 6A state runner-up.
Remsberg had six kills, followed by Antonowich with five and Caroline Barger with four. Kernal had eight digs, followed by Remsberg with six, Antonowich with five and Bacon with five. Bacon set 19 assists.
Newton rebounded with a win over Valley Center 25-15, 25-23. Antonowich had 10 kills, followed by Remsberg with seven and Asha Regier with six. Antonowich had 13 digs. Bacon set 31 assists.
Newton downed Derby 25-16, 25-16. Antonowich had 12 kills, followed by Remsberg with eight. Antonowich served two aces. Antonowich had 11 digs, followed by Remsberg with 10. Bacon set 26 assists.
The win over Derby was Dibbens’ 400th career win.
In the semifinals, Newton topped sixth-ranked (Class 5A) Maize in three sets — 25-17, 9-25, 25-16. Remsberg had 12 kills, followed by Antonowich with eight. Sydney Fernandez served three aces. Antonowich had 11 digs, followed by Kernal and Remsberg with seven each. Bacon set 34 assists.
In the championship match, Newton rebounded from an earlier loss by stopping Blue Valley West 25-21, 25-20. Antonowich had nine kills, followed by Remsberg and Regier with seven each. Regier served two aces. Bacon had eight digs, followed by Kernal with seven, Remsberg with six and Antonowich with six. Bacon set 24 assists.
Newton improves to 14-4 and plays at 5 p.m. today at Salina South in an Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I triangular with Maize.