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Mepo too much for WACO volleyball

By Hunter Tickel | Oct 09, 2013
Photo by: Hunter Tickel Erika Leichty, left, sets the ball as teammate Bailey Graber looks on.

WAYLAND — The WACO volleyball team is fresh off pushing New London and Winfield-Mt. Union to three sets in the New London volleyball tournament Saturday.

Tuesday’s game against Mediapolis presented a trap game for WACO.

It had momentum with a third-place finish and a rivalry rematch coming up against W-MU on Thursday.

Mediapolis may have taken away some of that energy WACO had, but the Warriors didn’t go down without a fight in a 3-0 loss.

“We took this as a learning experience,” said WACO head coach Jay Coble. “We wanted to keep coming off a New London tournament where we thought we were the second-best team. We didn’t want to get depressed after a loss today.”

The first game was the biggest margin for Mediapolis — after a 10-4 start, WACO got no closer than six the rest of the way in a 25-12 loss.

“We just couldn’t bounce back quick enough,” said Rosemary Skriver. “We dug ourselves a hole.”

Skriver, Aaliyah Brown and Erika Leichty led the team with five kills each. Skriver led the team with 11 digs and Leichty had eight digs.

The Warriors trailed by one at 10-9 in the second set before an 8-2 spurt from Mediapolis killed off the game with a 25-14 win.

“We’re the kind of team that it’s on then it’s off,” Skriver said. “We need to work on getting consistent.”

In the final game, WACO refused to lay down and took a 4-2 lead. But Mediapolis used a 7-0 run to go ahead for good.

“I think both of those runs were off the same reception group that we are going to try to get straightened out,” Coble said.

WACO lost the third set, 25-15.

“We know that Mepo is a tough team,” Skriver said. “We knew it was going to be tough from the beginning. We enjoyed having the lead.”

Even when facing a 2-0 deficit, WACO played as well as it could.

“I don’t think we ever quit all night long,” Coble said. “We kept fighting through it. I thought we competed. There was never fear in our face.”

About the only thing the two schools share is the Southeast Iowa Super Conference. Mepo is a 3A school, while WACO is a 1A team.

“They had 60 girls out for volleyball, we may have 80 girls at the school,” Coble said.

According to Coble, Mepo hasn’t lost a conference match since 2007. But WACO did show better than it did in last year’s Mepo matchup.

“I thought we played very well,” Coble said. “Last year we scored a total of 10 points. This year we scored 41.”

Katelyn White had a busy night at the libero spot, but was effective with six digs. Ashlyn Hammen had a team-high 11 assists and was the top server going 10-for-10, and she had one ace. Overall WACO hit 40-for-42 on serves.

WACO travels to W-MU Thursday.

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