The Maquoketa Valley volleyball team lost its final two matches ahead of the conference tournament, losing at home to Central City, 3-1, Oct. 5, and at East Buchanan, 3-0, Oct. 7.

In their last regular-season home match of the year, the Wildcats took the first game from Central City, 25-19, then lost the next three 25-17, 25-20 and 25-18.

Maquoketa Valley battled all match long, finishing with a season-high 41 kills. Kylie Chesnut led with 12 kills, while Haley Ronnebaum had a season-high 11, kills. Carissa Sabers eight, Molly Anderegg six and Bianka Ronnebaum four.

Kennedy Rausch led with 34 assists, followed by Chesnut, Kendra Hillers, Haley Ronnebaum, Sabers and Lily Baures one.

Chesnut and Anna Deutmeyer had two blocks. Maquoketa Valley tallied 45 digs, led by Leah Ries with nine, Rausch eight, Krapfl seven, Hillers and Baures four, Chesnut and Bianka Ronnebaum two and Lily Huber, Sabers and Anderegg one.

Rausch was 14-of-14 serving, Krapfl 8-of-8 and Hillers 7-of-7, with McKenna Thompson going 18-of-20, Ries 14-of-16, Huber and Baures 4-of-5, Deutmeyer 1-of-1 and Sabers 1-of-2.

Coach Abby DeGroot praised her team’s effort. “I think the girls put up a really tough fight. Central City is a really good team that finished in the middle of the pack in our conference. The girls kept swinging. To have two girls with over 10 kills is impressive. We saw a lot of good things tonight. Our serve receive was great, our passing was great and our hitters got the job done. I was really proud of the girls.”

Maquoketa Valley fell to East Buchanan 25-7, 25-11 and 25-13, in a match that saw the Wildcats limited to 13 kills. Chesnut led with six, followed by Anderegg three, Sabers two, Haley Ronnebaum and Keira Leytem one. Rausch led with seven assists, Leytem five.

The Wildcats did come up with nine blocks, led by Chesnut with four, Sabers and Bianka Ronnebaum two and Deutmeyer one.

Krapfl led with five digs, with Thompson adding four, Sabers and Leytem two, Hillers, Rausch, Haley Ronnebaum, Anderegg and Bianka Ronnebaum one.

Thompson served 10-of-10, Sabers 5-of-5, Anderegg 4-of-4, Hillers 3-of-3 and Krapfl 3-of-4.

DeGroot addressed having fewer kills than earlier in the week. “That was really disappointing for us as coaches. East Buchanan has some pretty nice blocks on us and I think that shook us up a little. We hit a lot out of bounds and didn’t get on top of the ball.”

The Wildcats will play in the Tri-Rivers Conference Tournament Thursday, Oct. 14 at Starmont, where they will face Starmont, North Linn and East Buchanan.