Iola-Scandinavia’s volleyball team posted a 1-2 mark Oct. 11 in Central Wisconsin 8 Conference pool play in Weyauwega.
The Thunderbirds also took three of four games Oct. 9 from Wild Rose in nonconference action and wrapped up CWC-8 dual match play Oct. 7 by falling to Wittenberg-Birnamwood.
CWC-8 pool play
WEYAUWEGA – I-S fell to Stevens Point Pacelli (25-18, 23-25, 6-25), came up short against Weyauwega-Fremont (18-25, 13-25) and defeated Manawa (25-17, 25-20).
“We were disappointed with our loss to Pacelli considering we were a step ahead of them in conference going into the day and had just beat them handily two weeks prior,” coach Jessica Wennesberg said. “We started off hot with a strong win and slowly let them get back into the match in the second set. The third set we played was our worst of the season. It was very frustrating. We failed to communicate and were flat.”
The T-Birds had more problems with the Indians in the second round.
“Weyauwega’s strong serving and hitting got the best of us in our second match of the day,” Wennesberg said. “They are difficult to block, as they run a lot of quicks and are very good at swinging hard off the net. Our win over Manawa was a positive way to end the day. The girls played more relaxed and were very scrappy.”
I-S 3, Wild Rose 1
IOLA – The T-Birds knocked off the Wildcats 25-8, 22-25, 25-16, 25-18.
“Thursday night was a great night for us,” Wennesberg said. “We started off especially strong and were able to bounce back quickly after losing the second set. Our team play and communication were on and it simply made the night a fun one. Our serving was particularly strong.”
Brianne Huettner and Kaylie Petersen led I-S with five aces each, followed by Emily Kroseberg and Micaela Jobke with four each.
“Kaylin Ellioff outshined all with 12 kills in the middle,” Wennesberg said. “She’s playing smart and reading the court well. Micaela was tough at the net with three block solos.”
W-B 3, I-S 0
WITTENBERG – The T-Birds wrapped up CWC-8 dual match play by getting swept by the Chargers, 25-16, 25-12, 26-24.
“We struggled in Wittenberg,” Wennesberg said. “We had a sluggish start and simply couldn’t find the court on our hitting and couldn’t stay out of the net on our defense. It was a frustrating loss because we don’t feel they beat us, but rather we beat ourselves. We didn’t find our pace and start playing our game until the third set and by then it was too late.”
Ellioff led the T-Birds with seven kills; Petersen had a team-high three blocks; and Kroseberg and Kylie Johnson had 10 and nine assists, respectively.
The T-Birds have a 14-9 record in match play and are 39-26 in sets.
I-S will wrap up the regular season at 7:30 tonight (Thursday, Oct. 16) with a nonconference match at Rosholt.