Meredith Bahl is starting to catch fire at the right time for the Western Dubuque volleyball team. She hammered 20 kills during the Bobcats’ three-game sweep ofCedar Rapids Washington there Sept. 21.
Madison Maahs was also having a lot of fun on the court, dishing out 47 assists to six different attackers, as the Bobcats beat the Warriors 25-21. 25-17, 25-21 to improve to 13-3 for the season, 3-2 in the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Mississippi Division. It was also the Bobcats’ sixth win in a row.
“We just focused on our side of the court. We only worried about our side because when you play teams like Washington they throw a lot of junk defenses and weird attack angles and points,” said Megan Scherrman, head coach. “That helped us because we are really working hard on winning the ugly balls. It’s great to have that perfect pass, that perfect set that leads to that perfect hit that hits the floor, but you’ve got to win those ugly balls. We did a really good job of taking care of those ugly balls in this match.”
Hitting efficiency was very high for the Bobcats as Maahs, with 522 assists so far this season was distributing the ball all over the floor. Bahl only needed 32 swings to get her match-high 20 kills while Maddie Harris had 20 swings to get her 12 kills. Libby Lansing, who had a team-high four blocks, had eight kills in just 10 attempts.
“Madison moved the ball around real well and set up the front row for some good open kills,” said Scherrman. “Our serve receive was a little off, but we played a good out of system ball and won a lot of ugly balls on the way to winning that match. It was a good night for us.”
Just two days after this match, the Bobcats received enough votes to become the top-ranked team in Class 4A, ahead of North Scott who dropped to number two after they were beaten in three games by Davenport Assumption, Sept. 21.
Assumption, the second-ranked team in Class 3A, handled North Scott pretty easily posting the three-game sweep by the scores of 25-20, 25-17, 25-18.
There will be a lot of ranked teams in town when Western Dubuque hosts its Bobcat Tournament on Oct. 2. Of the 10 teams, including the Bobcats, six are ranked. Scheduled to participate in the tournament includes Decorah (19-2, No. 14 in Class 2A), Pleasant Valley (20-3, No. 2 in Class 5A), Wapsie Valley (15-6, No. 8 in Class 2A), West Branch (14-2, No. 12 in Class 2A) and West Liberty (18-0, No. 4 in Class 3A).
WD’s leaders vs Cedar Rapids Washington were: kills — Bahl 20, Harris 12, Lansing eight, Franny Heiberger and Maahs three, Anna Kluesner two, Hailey Wulfekuhle one; assists — Maahs 47; digs — Ella Meyer 16, Harris and Maahs 11, Natalie Ulrichs six, Bahl three, Emma Kapler one; blocks— Lansing four, Bahl two, Harris, Wulfekuhle and Kluesner one; serves — Meyer and Harris 13-of-13, Ulrichs and Maahs 10-of-11, Kapler 8-of-9; aces — Ulrichs three, Harris, Maahs and Meyer one.