Kylie Chesnut delivered 15 kills and had eight blocks as the Maquoketa Valley volleyball team defeated Alburnett, 3-0, Sept. 30 there.
The Wildcats won games of 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to snap a 15-match losing streak and win their first Tri-Rivers Conference division match of the season
Maquoketa Valley ended the night totaling 25 kills, with Carissa Sabers adding five, Haley Ronnebaum three, Bianka Ronnebaum one.
Chesnut’s kill total was her highest of the season and came at a good time for the Wildcats, according to coach Abby DeGroot.
“I thought we played really well. The 25 kills are the most we have had in the last couple games. We had been struggling the last couple nights out with getting the ball put down, so it was nice to get that turned around.”
Kennedy Rausch led the team with 14 assists, followed by Keira Leytem seven, McKenna Thompson with one.
The Wildcats combined for 38 digs, with Lili Baures having eight, Kendra Hillers seven, Avery Krapfl, Bianka Ronnebaum and Thompson four, Leah Ries three and Molly Anderegg, Sabers, Rausch and Chesnut two.
Anderegg and Rausch were credited with three blocks, Haley Ronnebaum and Bianka Ronnebaum two and Anna Deutmeyer one.
Hillers and Deutmeyer were 7-of-7 serving, Chesnut 5-for-5, Bianka Ronnebaum 4-of-4, Baures 2-of-2, Lily Huber 1-of-1, Sabers 9-of-11, Anderegg and Ries 7-of-8, Krapfl 4-of-5 and Rausch 4-of-6.
DeGroot said the win was important for her young team. “On our side of the conference, we have Springville and North Linn who are both ranked. Seeing those girls, I think kind of got our girls down, so hopefully, this is a turning point for the rest of the season. Hopefully, we can take this momentum into next week.”
Maquoketa Valley began the week with a 3-0 loss to Springville at home, losing 25-10, 25-8, 25-10.
Chesnut led with six kills, followed by Sabers five, Haley Ronnebaum four, Bianka Ronnebaum two and Anderegg one.
Rausch led with 13 assists, Thompson two and Sabers and Haley Ronnebaum one.
Chesnut had four blocks, Bianka Ronnebaum two and Deutmeyer one.
Baures led with five digs, with Thompson, Krapfl and Sabers contributing four, Ries and Haley Ronnebaum three, Hillers, Rausch and Bianka Ronnebaum two and Chesnut and Anderegg one.
Rausch was 7-of-7 serving, Thompson 5-of-5,Baures 1-of-1, Krapfl and Ries 3-of-4, Sabers 3-of-5 and Hillers 1-of-2.
“We have to do a better job of taking advantage of putting the ball down,” said DeGroot. “We had over 70 attempts and only 18 kills. The defense did a really good job, but our offense was struggling.”