After a week on the road, the Maquoketa Valley volleyball team enjoyed the comforts of home, defeating MFL MarMac 2-0 and West Central 2-0 in a triangular meet Sept. 8.

The Wildcats won 25-15, 25-22 over MFL, with Emerson Whittenbaugh leading the way with 16 kills, 14 digs and 10-of-11 serving.

After being in control in game one, the Wildcats came from behind to finish off MFL. The Wildcats trailed 18-15 at one point before forcing a 19-19 tie.

Kylie Chesnut and Carissa Sabers each had a pair of blocks, while Ella Imler added 13 digs and Sabers 12 to support the Wildcat defense. Payton Beaman had six kills, while Sabers was a perfect 9-of-9 serving.

The Wildcats took care of West Central 25-12, 25-16 in a match that saw Maquoketa Valley go 46-of-48 serving. Sabers continued her perfect serving, going 10-of-10.

Whittenbaugh led with 10 kills, with additional kills coming from Beaman (6) and Chesnut (5). Chesnut and Sabers had a pair of blocks, while Whittenbaugh led with seven digs, Imler six.

Head coach Brandy Whittenbaugh said she was happy with her team’s play. “I thought we played scrappy and made some nice net plays and hit the ball extremely hard. We handled MFL well in the first game. I think you have a tendency to play with less fire in the second match. It’s pretty common in volleyball to play with less fire in the second match. But they buckled down and got the job done. We are missing senior Taya Tucker and have had to change the line up somewhat, so it’s always an adjustment losing a key starter.”

Maquoketa Valley finished the week with a road trip to Easton Valley, Sept. 10, winning 3-0, 25-18, 25-15, 25-15.

The Wildcats were aggressive at the net, with 17 kills from Whittenbaugh, seven from Chesnut, six from Beaman and four from Molly Anderegg.

Chesnut and Krista Ries each had three blocks, while Imler led with 15 digs, Sabers and Whittenbaugh 13.

Coach Whittenbaugh said her team was ready from the start. “I thought the girls came out aggressive. We set the tone early. I was happy with the defensive coverage. We still have things to work on but it was much improved. The girls are taking it one game at a time and we are so thankful to be playing.”