Maquoketa fell hard and fast to the Beckman volleyball team Sept. 8 at home, 25-13, 25-13, 25-16, in a Senior Night meet for the Blazers.
The Blazers jumped to 7-3, 12-8 and 15-11 leads in the first game before a Kam Klas kill retrieved serve for Jadyn Welling, who went eight straight, including an ace, to build a 23-11 bulge. Kylee Rueber’s kill brought them to game point and the Cardinals complied with a ball out of bounds.
In game two, Olivia Hogan’s four straight serves that ended with an ace, moved the Blazers to a 12-5 advantage. They were still up 18-12 when Welling took serve and added four straight points to bring them to the brink of a win, 22-12. A block that fell just over the line gave serve back to Maquoketa but they returned the favor for points 23 and 25, with a Hogan ace sandwiched in between.
Game three was more back-and-forth until the Blazers ran off three straight points on Leah Wessels’ serve to gain a 15-11 advantage. Welling got four back with the help of back-to-back Klas kills, Hogan three and both of the final points were Cardinal mistakes on Amber Scherbring serves.
Coach Todd Troutman commented, “This was a much-improved Maquoketa team. But we got our first WaMaC win and played pretty well. I thought we did a nice job of running the offense and our serving was much improved.”
Beckman’s leaders were: serving — Welling 24-of-24, Klas 13-of-13, Hogan 12-of-13, Nell McDermott 7-of-8, Makayla Koelker 5-of-5, Wessels 5-of-6, Kiersten Schmitt 4-of-5; aces — Welling three, McDermott and Klas two, Koelker, Schmitt and Hogan one; kills —Klas 10, Rueber nine, Schmitt seven, Lauren Osterhaus and Welling three, Keeley Schmitt two; blocks — Rueber and Kiersten Schmitt three, Klas, Osterhaus and Welling two, Megan Funke one; digs — Hogan 20, Welling seven, Klas six, Koelker three, Osterhaus and Wessels two, McDermott, Kiersten and Keeley Schmitt one; assists — Koelker 13, Kiersten Schmitt 10, Hogan five, Wessels four.
The Blazers swept a quadrangular at Solon Sept. 10, winning two games from the host school, 25-21, 27-25; Oelwein, 25-13, 25-3; and Vinton-Shellsburg, 25-8, 25-13.
Troutman added, “We started the night with Solon and lost Kylee to an ankle injury early. I thought we stayed focused and did a nice job to get the win in game one. Game two we started very well and had a 19-11 lead when things started to unravel a bit. We started playing tentative and were in real danger of losing the game, but came through with a couple big swings and blocks to seal the win.
“We controlled the Oelwein match from start to finish and got then entire lineup in the match which was nice. We finished the night with a dominating win over a pretty talented Vinton-Shellsburg team. It was a real nice night and we continue to see kids step up in tough situations.”
Total individual stats from the matches include: serving — Koelker 41-of-43, Klas 26-of-30, Welling 19-of-19, McDermott 17-of-24, Hogan 11-of-11, Wessels 9-of-9, Kiersten Schmitt 7-of-10; aces — Koelker eight, Klas five, McDermott and welling four, Kiersten Schmitt one; kills — Kiersten Schmitt 27, Klas 16, Funke six, Osterhaus and Keeley Schmitt five, Welling four, Jami Kruse, Scherbring and Wessels one; blocks — Funke eight, Welling five, Osterhaus four, Keeley and Kiersten Schmitt three, Klas two; digs — Hogan 22, Welling 16, Klas eight, Koelker, Reitzler and Wessels three, Funke, Kiersten and Keeley Schmitt one; assists — Koelker 37, Wessels 11, Kiersten Schmitt 10, Hogan three, Klas one.
The Blazers swept all four teams they met at the Clear Creek-Amana Tournament Sept. 12 to up their season mark to 14-4. They stopped Wahlert (21-16, 21-15), Cedar Rapids Prairie (21-14, 21-13), Columbus Catholic (21-11, 21-8) and Cedar Rapids Washington (21-9, 21-9).
“We really didn’t know what Saturday was going to look like until late Thursday,” said Troutman. “We were supposed to be at Iowa City West for their tournament, but with Iowa City schools not in-person, they are unable to have activities. Eventually, Clear Creek-Amana stepped up to host the event and it looked like eight teams would show up for pool play, followed by tournament play, but two more teams decided not to come. We ended with six very good teams and everyone got four matches.
“We started the day against Wahlert and were a little shaky at first but we just kept getting better and better as the day went on. We didn’t lose a game and beat all four teams we faced. I thought our focus was the best it has been all year.
“It was a really great week for us, still playing a little short-handed, but everyone is stepping up and pulling in the same direction,” concluded Troutman.
Beckman’s leaders at the CCA Tournament were: serving — Kiersten Schmitt 28-of-28, Klas 38-of-40, Hogan 28-of-32, Koelker 26-of-29, McDermott 17-of-18, Welling 13-of-16; aces — Welling 12, Klas eight, Koelker, Hogan and Kiersten Schmitt five, McDermott three; kills – Kiersten Schmitt 30, Klas 20, Osterhaus 15, Welling 12, Keeley Schmitt six, Funke three, Hogan and Pirc one; blocks — Keeley and Kiersten Schmitt five, Welling three, Osterhaus and Funke two; digs — Hogan 30, Klas 17, Welling 12, Kiersten Schmitt seven, McDermott five, Koelker four, Keeley Schmitt two; assists — Koelker 47, Kiersten Schmitt 24, Hogan five, McDermott and Welling one.