The final week of conference play saw the North Tama Redhawks face off against Clarksville and number one ranked Tripoli. Tuesday October 6 the lady Redhawks traveled to Clarksville to play the Clarksville Indians. Redhawks dominated the night 3-0 with scores of 25-9, 25-12, and 25-11. Additional team members, freshman, Allison Zoebel, junior Lillian Howard and senior Lucille Howard saw playing time during this match as well. Leading the Redhawks for the match was Kelsey Upah with 11 kills, followed closely by Erin Herink with 10 kills for the night. Alex Oletski contributed 5 kills, Amanda Howard-3 kills, Amanda Hoeg 1 kill, Nora Seda 1 kill, Chelsea Dinsdale 2 kills, Lucille Howard 2 kills. Blocking for the night were Kelsey Upah with 3 blocks and 2 block kills, and Amanda Howard with 2 blocks and 1 block kill.
On Thursday October 8 North Tama hosted the 2008 state champion Tripoli Panthers. Tripoli won in 3 games with scores of 25-16, 25-19, and 25-12. The Redhawks started strong with a 4-1 advantage in game one, but then lost momentum. Leading in kills for the match was Kelsey Upah with 14 out of 20 attempts with only 1 kill error. Also scoring kills for the Redhawks was Erin Herink-7, Amanda Howard-5. Blocking for the match were Upah -3 block kills, Nora Seda-3 blocks, 1 block kill.
North Tama finished 2009 conference play with a winning record, 5 wins and 4 losses. Although it doesn't look like anything special, playing in the Iowa Star Conference where 5 of the 10 teams have been ranked in 2009, including the Redhawks, it was a very successful Conference season. Overall the girls won 16 matches and lost 11. Post season play continues with a non conference matchup at home Thursday Oct 15 against Gladbrook Reinbeck. Tournament play begins at home with North Tama hosting GMG Wednesday October 21, 7 pm.