Just three games were needed for the Beckman girls to stay undefeated in WaMaC East volleyball action when they stopped Solon there, Sept. 28.
The first game was a battle but the Blazers prevailed 29-27 before easing to 25-8, 25-14 wins in the final two games.
Coach Todd Troutman explained. “Solon is a very talented team that can really cause you trouble if they are in sync and playing with confidence, which is exactly what they showed us in game one. It was a well-played game by both teams and we were able to stay composed and make just enough plays to come away with the victory.
“From that point, we started to really get locked in and played some really good volleyball with some nice serving runs to extend some pretty sizable leads. Every once is a while we would shoot ourselves in the foot and lose our focus, but those moments were very short-lived. The win puts us in a position where we have clinched a share of the WaMaC East title, but we will have to post a win over West Delaware (Class 3A No.1) next week if we want to have sole possession of first.”
Individual stats include: serving — Jenna Lansing 25-of-26, Kamryn Klas 9-of-9, Kiersten Schmitt 8-of-8, Olivia Hogan 16-of-17, Lauren Osterhaus 8-of-9; aces — Lansing four, Schmitt and Hogan two; kills – Schmitt 19, Osterhaus nine, Klas and Shelby Pirc four, Lansing three, Leah Wessels two; blocks — Pirc six, Schmitt three, Wessels and Lansing two, Osterhaus and Klas one; digs — Hogan 38, Klas 17, Schmitt 13, Lauren Osterhaus nine, Reece Osterhaus seven, Lansing six, Wessels three; assists — Wessels 36, Hogan two.
At the Waverly-Shell Rock Tournament Oct. 2, the Blazers began the day with a loss to Class 4A third-ranked Xavier, 21-16, 21-16, followed that with a win over Mason City, 21-10, 21-11, fell to Class 2A seventh-ranked Denver, 21-18, 21-16, topped both Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 21-9, 23-21, and AGWSR, 25-21, 25-14 before ending with a win over 2A 13th-ranked Osage, 25-20, 25-14.
According to Troutman, “This was another tournament where we ended up facing Class 4A No. 3 Xavier right out of the gate. I thought we played a very good match and played them point for point both games, but to their credit, they were able to make just enough plays for the win. We beat Mason City in the second match to place us in a pool with CR Jefferson and Denver. We got the win over Jeff and once again I thought we played great volleyball against Denver, but had just a few too many mistakes in each game.
“Placing second in that pool put us into the Silver Bracket with AGWSR, Union and Osage. We saved our best volleyball for bracket play and really did a nice job of passing and staying in system in our offense. We handled AGWSR in the semis and faced a very good Osage team in the finals. They had lost only to the same two teams we lost to (Xavier and Denver) and had extended both matches to three games, so we knew how good they were.
“We came out and played our best match in quite a while. We served aggressively and passed well allowing our offense to be very efficient, but what I think put us over the top was our defense. We constantly talk to our girls about reading through the net and seeing what the offense is likely to throw at us. I thought we did this better in this match than probably any match this year. It was a great win to end the day and credit goes to the girls who did a great job all week of preparing themselves for a long, tough day.”
Total individual stats for the tourney: serving — Wessels 38-of-38, Hogan 38-of-43, Schmitt 34-of-38, Lauren Osterhaus 20-of-25, Klas 35-of-40, Lansing 40-of-48; aces — Schmitt eight, Lansing and Hogan seven, Wessels four, Klas two; kills — Schmitt 60, Lansing 26, Lauren Osterhaus 17, Klas 13, Pirc 11, Wessels eight; blocks — Lauren Osterhaus eight, Pirc and Wessels five, Lansing three, Schmitt two, Klas one; digs — Hogan 49, Schmitt 28, Klas 24, Wessels 16, Reese Osterhaus 11, Lansing 10, Lauren Osterhaus nine, Pirc one; assists — Wessels 124.