West Delaware went unbeaten on the volleyball court last week, winning a pair in a quadrangular at Marion, Sept. 2, before sweeping its way through the Vinton-Shellsburg Tournament, Sept.3. The Hawks did not lose a set during the stretch, and have now won 13 matches in a row.
At Marion, West Delaware beat Linn-Mar from the Mississippi Valley Conference, 2-0, winning set one 25-18 and set two 25-10.
Carlee Smith dished 15 assists, as the Hawks hit .262 with 14 kills and three errors in 42 attacks. Alivia Schulte led the way with six kills, while Jaci Bries was next with three. Smith, Brooke Krogmann and Kayla Felton had two and Allie Demmer one.
Defensively, it was a team effort. Ella Koloc had eight digs, Schulte seven, Olivia Halverson six, Bries and Felton five, and Smith three.
The Hawks served 93 percent. Bries was 18-of-18 with two aces, Halverson 8-of-8, Smith 3-of-3, Schulte 6-of-7, Koloc 3-of-4 and Hayley Vaske 2-of-3.
WaMaC West rival Williamsburg was no match for the Hawks in the other contest at Marion, as set one was 25-11, and set two 25-15.
Smith stayed on track with another 15 assist performance and Bries led the way with five kills. Felton, Krogmann and Smith had four, Demmer one and Schulte one.
“I thought overall we grew as the night went on,” said coach Brett Mather. “We’re still working on setting the pace of a match, and setting 30 feet of the net, but we’re making strides each day and improving the tempo we’re playing the game at.”
Koloc was sharp with 10 digs, Halverson had five, Schulte four, Smith and Juliette Weber two and Bries one.The Hawks served well again, converting 92.9 percent. Bries (12-of-12), Halverson (10-of-10), and Koloc (8-of-8) were perfect, while Smith was 4-of-5. The Hawks had seven aces, as Bries and Halverson had two and Smith, Koloc and Schulte one.
At Vinton, West Delaware defeated Nashua-Plainfield (21-9, 21-8), Iowa Valley (21-4, 21-8), Janesville (21-13, 21-10), Belle Plaine (21-8, 21-10) and Vinton-Shellsburg (21-8, 21-15).
“Janesville has been traditionally strong. They have a younger team, but they are going to do real well in Class 1A,” Mather said. “Vinton-Shellsburg competed really well when we played them. We focused on what we do and our girls did a nice job throughout the day.”
West Delaware statistics at Vinton-Shellsburg: assists — Smith 88, Koloc six, Felton two, Bries, Schulte and Allie Demmer one; kills — Schulte 29, Bries, Allie Demmer and Krogmann 16, Felton 12, Smith seven, Sydney Demmer and Gracie Lynch two, Hayley Vaske one; digs — Koloc 46, Felton and Schulte 33, Smith 11, Bries eight, Lynch six, Vaske two, Paetyn Welcher and Krogmann one; serves — Koloc 33-of-33, Smith 32-of-33, Felton 52-of-54, Halverson 13-of-14, Bries 32-of-35, Schulte 24-of-27, Welcher 2-of-3, Vaske 2-of-2, Lynch 1-of-2.