Kennedy Rausch (5) and Avery Krapfl block a Springville shot during their match Sept. 28 at Delhi.

The Maquoketa Valley volleyball season, while short on wins, was one that saw the team learn a new system and set some records along the way.

The Wildcats finished 4-22, including 1-6 in the Tri-Rivers West.

“I was hoping for more wins for this group this season, but getting a new coach senior year is tough and we were both learning from each other,” first-year coach Abby DeGroot said.

Six seniors, Kylie Chesnut, Carissa Sabers, Avery Krapfl, Leah Ries, Kendra Hillers and Molly Anderegg helped guide a team of young Wildcats. “The seniors are such a positive group. They were always ready to support each other on and off the court,” DeGroot said.

According to DeGroot, her team grew as the year progressed. “They did start to mesh with each other and they kept swinging.”

It was a season that saw Sabers set the school record for career assists with 1,144 and join the school’s 500 club in career digs with 523.

“Seeing Carissa reach over 500 digs and seeing the girls play roles they haven’t in the past were some highlights,” DeGroot added.

Chesnut led the team in kills with 124, followed by Sabers with 122 and Anderegg 64. Kennedy Rausch led in assists with 189, followed by Keira Leytem with 129 and Sabers 55.

Chesnut’s 69 blocks not only led the team, but put her on the list of top five blockers at Maquoketa Valley in a single season. Sabers added 35 blocks and Haley Ronnebaum 29. McKenna Thompson led with 166 digs, followed by Krapfl with 88 and Ries 74.

DeGroot believes the future is bright for the Wildcats. “We have some very good talent coming up and we will continue to grow in the game as they play more at the varsity level.”