WACO volleyball goes 3-1, takes third at home tourney
WAYLAND — The WACO volleyball team opened its season with a pair of wins and a third-place finish in its home tournament on the first day of fall sports competition.
The Warriors went 2-1 in pool play, beating Harmony (21-15, 21-8) and Maharishi (21-6, 21-15) but falling to Iowa Valley (21-7, 21-18).
Iowa Valley won the pool with a record of 3-0 and played Wapello, the winner of the other pool, for the tournament championship. The Tigers won that match as well, defeating Wapello by scores of 25-13 and 25-20.
In the third-place game, WACO defeated Pekin by scores of 25-12 and 25-23.
“Overall, I thought we played with so much team chemistry and so much effort — it really helped us to play against some teams that were, physically, a little better than us,” Coach Jay Coble said. “But our team chemistry and our defense were outstanding last night.”
Katelyn White led the team in digs with 48. Erika Leichty finished with 32 and Rosemary Skriver with 18.
“We need to get better offensively, and we need to do a better job of blocking,” Coble said. “But on the very first night, to go 3-1, to match total wins from last year in one night ... the girls played so hard, especially in a really hot gym.”
On the night, Leichty led the Warriors with 14 kills. Felicia Miller had 12, followed by Ashlyn Hammen with nine and Rosemary Skriver with eight.
Hammen also came up with 38 assists in the tournament and five ace serves.
“These kids have worked so hard the last few weeks, and they’ve played club (volleybal) for the last two years, and it’s great to see their hard worked pay off,” Coble said.
Next up for the Warriors is a match at Pekin in Packwood on Thursday, Sept. 5.