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ADAMS -- The Freeman Lady Falcons finished runner-up to Johnson-Brock Saturday in their home invitational in Adams.

The Tournament started on Thursday at the Lady Falcons picked up a two set win over Diller-Odell 25-21, 25-21 and another two set win over Pawnee City 25-16, 25-18.

On Saturday, still in pool play, Freeman defeated Elmwood-Murdock in three sets 17-25, 25-16, 25-16.

To open the championship bracket, Freeman defeated Friend in thre sets 25-10, 19-25, 25-22, which set themselves up for a championship match with Johnson-Brock, the defending Class D1 State Champions.

Freeman fell to the Eagles 25-17, 25-9.

The Lady Falcons are now 3-1 on the season and will be in action again on Tuesday when they travel to Sterling.

There were three other Sunland teams in the tournament. After their loss to Freeman on Thursday, Diller-Odell bounced back to defeat Elmwood-Murdock later in the evening 25-15, 25-18.

The Lady Griffins opened up Saturday's play with a two set win over Pawnee City 26-24, 25-18.

In the championship bracket, Diller-Odell fell to Johnson-Brock in the semifinals 25-20, 25-10.

Diller-Odell is coming off back-to-back state runner-up seasons, but lost four key seniors to graduation. Coach Kandice Jurgens said there were times they played well and since they are such a young team, they should continue to improve.

"The girls came out hard against Johnson-Brock with a nothing to lose attitude," Jurgens said. "They played hard the first game, leading the majority of the game but just couldn't finish it. Then our youth and inexperience showed in the second game. I was pleased with how we performed the first weekend out, and we know some things we need to work on and we will focus on improving those areas throughout the season."

The Lady Griffins will be in action again Tuesday when they host Falls City Sacred Heart.

Pawnee City suffered losses to Freeman and Diller-Odell in pool play, but did beat Elmwood-Murdock 25-19, 14-25, 25-19 on Thursday.

The Lady Indians were in the consolation bracket and suffered a three set loss to Deshler 17-25, 25-19, 25-15.

Pawnee City will be in action again on Tuesday when they travel to Johnson-Brock.

Sterling went 1-3 in the tournament. In pool play, they defeated Deshler 25-18, 25-14 on Thursday but lost to Johnson-Brock 25-12, 25-13.

The Lady Jets then fell to Friend 25-15, 25-16 in the final game of pool play on Saturday.

In the consolation bracket, they lost a three set match to Elmwood-Murdock 25-23, 25-27, 25-22.

Sterling is set to host Freeman on Tuesday.


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