After opening Central Wisconsin 8 Conference play with a pair of wins, the Iola-Scandinavia volleyball team posted a 1-4 record Sept. 13 at the Auburndale Invitational.
The Thunderbirds also picked up CWC-8 wins over Amherst and Shiocton.
AUBURNDALE – The T-Birds fell to Auburndale (15-25, 12-25), Prentice (22-25, 26-26, 10-15), Spencer (21-15, 17-25) and Stevens Point Pacelli (26-28, 23-25) before topping Pittsville (25-17, 25-15).
“We had a slow start to the morning and were frustrated with our play, feeling that we didn’t play to our full potential throughout the entire tournament,” coach Jessica Wennesberg said. “It was good for us in that we faced multiple tough teams that challenged us with their hitting and serving, which will motivate us to keep striving for growth.
“On the other hand, we were happy to have competed as closely as we did with each team despite having an off day,” she added. “We hope to have a better presence next week at the Fox Valley Lutheran tournament.”
I-S 3, Amherst 0
AMHERST – The T-Birds swept the Falcons 25-23, 25-22, 25-22 Sept. 11.
“The girls played lights out against Amherst,” Wennesberg said. “It was a strong win for us, one that we felt we maintained a high level of play throughout the entire match. The hitting out of juniors Kaylin Ellioff, Micaela Jobke and Emily Kroseberg was impressive. Kaylin and Micaela each had nine kills, while Emily had seven. The passing of our libero, Brianne Huettner, and our defensive specialist, Holly Boyle, helped us to use all facets of our offense to take the win. It was a great team effort that we were all proud of.”
I-S 3, Shiocton 1
IOLA – I-S opened conference play Sept. 9 by taking three of four games from the Chiefs, 25-14, 25-17, 14-25, 26-26.
“Our match with Shiocton proved to be a thriller that provided us more opportunities to grow and to learn as a team,” Wennesberg said. “We took control from the start and comfortably won the first two sets. However, we were quickly reminded in the third that volleyball is a game of momentum. When it’s in your favor, you can do no wrong. When it isn’t, it can be painful and frustrating beyond words.
“We struggled terribly with our passing, which put all the other aspects of our game in jeopardy,” she said. “After losing the third game 25-14, the girls started off slow again in the fourth set. At one point, we were down 16-9, but dug deep to pull off a close, emotional win. We proved again that we’ll never give up hope and are prepared to fight to the bitter end if need be.”
Jobke finished with a team-high eight kills, while Kylie Johnson added 16 assists and Kaylie Petersen led the team with four aces.
The T-Birds hosted Manawa Sept. 16 and will head to Weyauwega for a 7:30 p.m. CWC-8 matchup with Weyauwega-Fremont. I-S will also compete Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Fox Valley Lutheran Invitational in Appleton.