A week that saw the Maquoketa Valley volleyball team play a pair of Tri-Rivers Conference foes before a weekend tournament at Denver ended with the Wildcats going 0-7 for the week.

Hosting Starmont Sept. 22, the Wildcats lost 3-1, losing the first game 25-21, before rallying to win game two 25-16.

Starmont claimed game three 25-20, then won game four 25-22.

Emerson Whittenbaugh led the way with 24 kills, 26 digs and 16-for-16 serving for the Wildcats. Payton Beamon and Taya Tucker each added 10 kills, and Ella Imler came up with 20 digs.

Coach Brandy Whittenbaugh said, “We were disappointed in the loss, we didn’t play our best volleyball and got burnt too many times with the short ball to the middle. We had some crucial mistakes at turning points in the game. Mentally we need to be more disciplined. I will never fault the effort and heart of my kids. They want to be better and they will rebound and get after it once again.”

Playing North Linn Sept. 24 at Delhi, the Wildcats got off to a 2-0 start against the Lynx, but couldn’t seal the win, dropping the final three games and losing 3-1. Maquoketa Valley won game one 25-21 and game two 25-16 before losing 28-26, 25-21 and 17-15. Whittenbaugh ended the night with 36 kills, 18 digs and three blocks. Tucker had 19 kills, while Beamon added 13. Imler had 14 digs and was 25-of-25 serving. Tucker was also perfect on the service line, going 10-of-10.

The Wildcats traveled to Denver Sept. 26 for the Denver Invitational. The Wildcats lost 2-0 to Sumner-Fredricksburg, losing game one 21-14 and game two 21-19.

Facing Denver, the Wildcats lost 21-8, 21-15 to the Cyclones. Later the Wildcats matched up with Starmont, hoping to avenge the loss earlier in the week. But the Stars defeated the Wildcats in straight sets, 21-17, 21-17.

Maquoketa Valley lost to Tripoli 2-1, dropping the first game 21-14, then forced a third game with a 21-16 win in game two. But Tripoli finished off the Wildcats 18-16.

Beckman won 2-0 over the Wildcats in their next match, winning 21-14, 21-17.