WACO wins on senior night
WAYLAND — The WACO volleyball team finished its regular season with a victory over Louisa-Muscatine on Tuesday, giving the Warriors their first winning record since 2008.
WACO swept the Falcons in their home match — winning by scores of 25-23, 25-13 and 25-10 — and moved to 17-16 overall. They upped their Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division to 3-6.
Last year, WACO finished 3-21 overall and was winless in conference play.
In yesterday’s senior night match, WACO played a close first set against its conference foe.
“They really played us tough in the first game,” WACO Coach Jay Coble said. “Also, we didn’t pass well — I told them in timeout, they just needed to chill out. We cleaned it up in games two and three.”
The Warriors weren’t fazed by the close score of the opening set — they pushed through that one to come out with a win, and took the next two games decisively.
They had some help from a supportive home crowd.
“It was a great crowd — what can you say about a crowd like that?” Coble said. “The student body was unbelievable. There were probably 70-80 kids there.”
The brightly-colored WACO student section certainly did turn out in full force, and Dillon Douglas returned from a cross-country meet just in time to lead it.
“Dillon Douglas deserves a lot of credit — he sets up a lot of it,” Coble said. “He’s kind of the leader of the pack.”
And with the pack behind them, the Warriors ended a successful season with a win to carry them into postseason play.
Rosemary Skriver had a team-high 12 kills on the day, while Aaliyah Brown added seven and Erika Leichty had five.
“Rosemary (Skriver) has really stepped up — she and Ashlyn (Hammen) are really on same page.”
Hammen, the team’s setter, had 26 assists last night, earning her the school’s single-season assist record. She currently has 449 assists.
“Ashlyn (Hammen) has handled the setter job well — we’re tough on her and she’s really stepped up. Her getting the school record is really cool, and she deserves it.”
Hammen and Skriver are two of the team’s four seniors; the others are Bailey Graber and Katelyn White.
“The seniors have done a great job for us as leaders,” Coble said.
White led the team with 23 digs last night. Skriver added 13 and Leichty had 12.
Brown put up two blocks, while Hammen and Kalicia Miller had one each.
Miller and Leichty each served two aces, and Skriver had one. Skriver and Hammen each went a perfect 10-for-10 from the service line.
Next up for WACO is their first regional game, which will be against Burlington Notre Dame in Burlington on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
The winner advances to play against New London on Tuesday, Oct. 29.