The Maquoketa Valley Wildcats went 2-2 at the West Delaware Invitational, Sept. 19, defeating Oelwein, 22-20, 21-12, and Edgewood-Colesburg, 21-15, 21-3. The Hawks lost matches to West Delaware, 21-9, 21-15, and Independence, 21-17, 21-13.

Against Oelwein, Emerson Whittenbaugh led the team with eight kills and 12 digs. Whittenbaugh was also 8-of-8 serving. Taya Tucker added six kills, while Ella Imler had seven digs.

Whittenbaugh led the team with 11 kills in the win over Ed-Co. Kyle Chesnut protected the net, leading the team with three blocks. Defensively, Carissa Sabers had eight digs, while Payton Beamon added seven, Whittenbaugh five and Chesnut four. Sabers was 15-of-15 serving.

The West Delaware match saw Whittenbaugh have nine kills and 13 digs, to go along with two blocks. Tucker also had a pair of blocks, while Imler added a dozen digs. Avery Krapfl was 5-of-5 serving, while Tucker and Imler were both 4-of-4 serving.

Whittenbaugh had nine kills against Independence, while Sabers came up with 11 digs to go along with 6-for-6 serving. Beamon, Imler and Krapfl were all 5-of-5 serving.

Coach Brandy Whittenbaugh said, “I was happy with the play on Saturday. We wish we could have picked up another win, but I thought we competed well on the day. We tell the girls to use these tournaments against these bigger schools to work on our game. The competition was good on Saturday and the girls learned a lot. We know what we need to work on so we will hone those skills this weekend and hopefully be better prepared for this week’s conference games.”