Waukon volleyball team battles through winless week in falling to pair of ranked NEIC leaders and at Waterloo Columbus Tournament

Air service ... Waukon volleyball senior Leah Bulman fires away for a jump serve in the Indians’ home match loss to Class 4A sixth-rated Waverly-Shell Rock Tuesday, October 1. Photo courtesy of Diana Davison. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon volleyball team had a busy book-end to a very challenging week this past week, half of this week’s opponents being ranked within the top 15 of their respective classes in five total matches. The initial part of that book-end was the gauntlet of facing the top two teams from the Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC), the NEIC undefeated pair of Class 3A sixth-rated New Hampton and Class 4A sixth-rated Waverly-Shell Rock, on back-to-back nights, the Tribe falling to both in three sets each, 20-25, 13-25 and 11-25 at the home of the Chickasaws Monday, September 30 and then at home to the visiting Go-Hawks Tuesday, October 1 by scores of 8-25, 16-25 and 14-25.

The net Tribe also wrapped up its week with a winless final book-end, falling in all four of its matches at the Waterloo Columbus Tournament Saturday, October 5, including to another ranked opponent. The Indians first fell to the tournament host Sailors, 7-21, 21-18 and 9-15, as well as Starmont in two sets, 20-22 and 16-21, and Class 5A 15th-rated Waterloo West, 13-21 and 7-21, in pool play, before having their tournament day ended in a consolation bracket play-off match by Don Bosco by a 17-21 final result.

Now holding a 9-12 overall record, including a 1-3 start to their Northeast Iowa Conference season, the Indians were next scheduled to host Crestwood Tuesday, October 8 in another Northeast Iowa Conference match-up before wrapping up their dual match season at Charles City Tuesday, October 15. The net Tribe will then wrap up its regular season with the Northeast Iowa Conference schedule Saturday, October 19 hosted by New Hampton.

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