Western Dubuque’s volleyball team showed its late-season polish by going 6-0 last week including a big 3-2 win in their Mississippi Valley Conference battle against City High in Iowa City, Oct. 8. They went 5-0 to take first place in the six-team round-robin tournament hosted by Cedar Rapids Prairie Oct. 12 in Cedar Rapids.

“We’re definitely stepping up our play and we’re doing it at a really good time,” said Megan Scherrman, head coach of the Bobcats. “We’re excited about where we’re at right now. It was a great way to end Homecoming week for us, but we still have a lot of work left to do. Our goal as coaches is to work harder than we ever have to get us ready. These girls definitely have a shot, but it takes hard work and I think they realize that. We’re going to make sure that we work hard.”

It was a five-set thriller for the Bobcats when they squared off against Mississippi Valley Conference foe City High. The Bobcats had a tough time getting going as they dropped the opening set 25-16. They fought back in the second and fourth sets to squeak out 25-23 wins in both to even the match at 2-2. Iowa City quickly jumped all over the Bobcats to open the final set with a huge 7-1 advantage. After a time out by the Bobcats, the lead grew to 12-4 and Iowa City looked to be in total control. That is until the Bobcats went on a run that catapulted them to take the final set 16-14.

“It was a fight,” said Scherrman. “We really struggled with getting our offense going and getting into a rhythm. The one thing I have known about these girls since August is that they are never going to quit. Then, all of a sudden, we found our rhythm and we came back to win that set. It was an awesome volleyball game.”

The Bobcats carried their hot play into Saturday’s tournament hosted by Cedar Rapids Prairie. They easily won all five matches that they played that day and were pushed to three sets in just one of those matches. The Bobcats mowed through Iowa City Regina (21-8, 21-15), Cedar Rapids Prairie (21-16, 19-21, 15-13), Johnston (21-11, 21-9), Southeast Polk (21-16, 21-9) and West Branch (21-15, 21-8).

“We’re really well-rounded in our offense right now. That was a big thing that showed up on Saturday. There wasn’t one girl that had 40 kills. Everyone was around 20 kills for the day,” said Scherrman. “That’s a big thing for us because that gives Maddy Maahs the opportunity to mix the ball around and gives us more offensive weapons, which means that our opponents have more ground to cover against us.”

WD’s leaders for the week were: kills — Maddie Harris 47, Meredith Bahl 42, Meg Besler 29, Elgin 20, Libby Lansing 10, Maahs nine; assists — Maahs 148; digs — Meyer 65, Maahs 35, Bahl and Harris 30, Claire Horsfield 22; blocks — Elgin and Lansing eight, Maahs six, Harris four, Bahl and Belser three; serves — Meyer 55-of-57, Harris 48-of-50, Elgin 42-of-44, Bahl 49-of-52; aces — Maahs eight, Horsfield and Meyer seven, Elgin four, Bahl three, Harris two.