Class 4A’s No. 4 ranked West Delaware flexed its muscles to sweep Class 2A’s No. 1 Mount Vernon in a big early-season WaMaC Conference volleyball match at Mount Vernon, Sept. 6, taking care of business in a 25-23, 25-11, 25-23 whitewash of the Mustangs.

“We serve received very well against Mount Vernon, which led to some great offensive looks throughout the night,” said West Delaware coach Brett Mather.

The Hawks are a team that seemingly never lets the ball hit the floor, and showed some prime time back row play, with Ella Koloc leading the way with 16 digs from her libero position.

“Defensively, we kept the pressure on them all night long,” said Mather.

Setter Macey Kleitsch ran a nice show, moving the ball around well, and finished the night with 23 assists. Middle Kinley Kolbet led the way with nine kills in 16 attacks with only one error.

In addition to the fine back row play, the Hawks stymied the Mount Vernon offense with 10 blocks. Senior Allison Collier proved to be a thorn in the Mustangs’ side with five solo blocks in addition to five kills on the offensive side.

West Delaware’s leaders were: kills — Kolbet nine, Ava Hauser six, Collier five, Kleitsch four, Carlee Smith three, Alivia Schulte one; assists — Kleitsch 23, Collier three, Koloc two; digs — Koloc 16, Kleitsch and Kayla Felton nine, Heather Heims eight, Sydney Morris six, Schulte three, Kolbet two, Collier and Hauser one; blocks — Collier five, Kolbet three, Hauser and Smith one; ace serves — Collier three, Kleitsch two, Morris one.

The Hawks had a busy weekend, improving to 10-1 on the season while winning the Vinton-Shellsburg Tournament without losing a set.

The Hawks dominated in all five matches, defeating Belle Plaine, 21-11, 21-13; Nashua-Plainfield, 21-3, 21-10; defending 1A state champion Janesville, 21-16, 21-10; Iowa Valley, 21-4, 21-10; and host Vinton-Shellsburg, 21-11, 21-11.

West Delaware’s statistical leaders at V-S: kills — Hauser 24, Kolbet 21, Collier 16, Kleitsch 15, Smith 13, Schulte 11; assists — Kleitsch 83; digs — Kleitsch and Koloc 24, Felton 23, Heims 11, Morris 10, Hauser and Smith six, Collier and Kolbet three, Schulte one; blocks — Kolbet 12, Hauser five, Collier four, Smith three, Kleitsch two, Schulte one; ace serves — Kolbet eight, Kleitsch five, Collier and Felton two, Morris one.