Cadet netters spike Waukon, fall to Oelwein; place third at Dunkerton Tourney
Wed, 09/28/2022 - 10:28am admin
Nate Troy Sports Editor
WAUKON - Strong team play helped the Crestwood varsity volleyball team post a thrilling 3-0 win over Waukon on Sept. 20 (25-16, 27-25, 26-24).
Facing Oelwein on Sept. 22, the Cadets took a 2-1 lead before the Huskies rallied for a 3-2 win (16-25, 27-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-12). The loss dropped Crestwood’s record to 10-9.
Competing at the Dunkerton Tournament on Sept. 24, the Cadets won two of four matches to take third. The Cadets beat BCLUW (22-20, 21-14) and GMG (21-11, 20-22, 15-11); and lost to Dunkerton ((21-17, 14-21, 11-15) and Aplington-Parkersburg (25-22, 16-25, 8-15).
Crestwood Head Coach Robin Gossman praised his team for their hard work.
“This was a good night all the way around,” Gossman said. “We had a couple games that were extremely close. The girls showed good mental aptitude by not quitting and resilience to keep fighting. We served very aggressively, which kept Waukon off-balance and out of their system.
“Tierney Perkins did a very good job of running the offense. Britain Ferrie and Kelly Miller both had a huge night. Olivia Johnson and Lily Hubka were both productive as well. I know when our middle hitters have that kind of night, our defense is playing well,” the coach said.
As a team, the Cadets completed 78 of 86 serves (91 percent), had nine aces, 41 assists, 29 digs and 44 kills.
Tierney Perkins tallied 40 assists and was 10 of 12 serving. Britain Ferrie was 17 for 17 serving, had three aces and 14 kills. Kelly Miller was 16 for 18 serving, had two aces and 11 kills.
Olivia Johnson was 13 for 16 serving, had one ace, six digs and seven kills. Lily Hubka was 13 for 13 serving, had three aces, nine kills and eight digs. Hannah Schmitt was nine for 10 serving and had four digs. Aubrey Mannery had seven digs. Lydia Williams had two kills.
Schmitt was 20 for 21 serving, had three aces and five digs. Ferrie was 23 for 24 serving, had three aces, three digs and 12 kills. Perkins was 16 for 17 serving, had two aces, four digs and 46 assists.
Johnson was 15 for 18 serving, had one ace, five digs and 13 kills. Hubka tallied 13 kills, five digs, was nine for nine serving and had two aces.
Mannery had 10 digs and three assists. Williams had two kills. Vienna Nibbelink was nine for nine serving and had two aces.
“Oelwein did what we have been doing,” Gossman said. “They served very aggressive, making us to play out of our system. We lead the conference in ace serves and serving accuracy. That is not common. That beat us in the serving game. They also played great defense.
“We need to work on service reception. If we pass well, the game is easy,” the coach said.
Gossman noted the Cadets served the ball well at the tournament.
“Our highlight for the most part was our serving, with the exception of the Dunkerton match,” the coach said. “We had a chance to beat a couple of ranked teams but just couldn’t pull it off. Once we find a way to get over the hump of beating a ranked team, things will start falling in place.”