Waukon volleyball team opens season with three-set home sweep of Postville

A perfect start for an ace and a kill ... Waukon volleyball senior Faith Schulte lines up a serve in the Indians’ three-set sweep of Postville at home Tuesday, August 24. Schulte was flawless in her five serve attempts, serving up one ace, and she also made good on her only offensive attack for one kill. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon volleyball team got its 2021 campaign off to a sweepingly successful start, handling fellow Allamakee County net squad Postville with relative ease in three sets at home Tuesday, August 24. The Indians limited the visiting Pirates to only enough total points combined to finish off one set on the way to outscoring them by a combined 75-25 final result in sweeping all three sets by final scores of 25-5, 25-11 and 25-9.

Knocking down kills on more than a third of their offensive attacks, the Tribe netters hammered away for more than enough kills to win one set with their 27 winners at the net. The Indians also fired away at the service line for nearly enough aces to win another set with their 20 immediate points at that line, with all seven Tribe netters who served in the match managing at least one ace and more than half of them serving flawlessly in a combined 43 attempts to pace a 94.6% team serving efficiency in the match.

Despite letting Postville score first in set one, the Indians rattled off a 7-0 run to take early control behind a pair of kills from junior Berlin Troendle and an ace serve from senior Emily Bieber. Junior Maggie Criswell contributed an ace of her own and senior Brenna Berns slammed a winner at the net to help the Tribe work to a 13-4 edge before senior Justine Sullivan took the serve and fired away a pair of winners, getting some help at the net from a block by junior McKenzie Lier and additional winners from Troendle and Bieber for a 21-4 Tribe edge. A final Bieber kill, a winning tip by Criswell at the net and two final ace serves by Berns then helped finish off the 25-5 first set victory.

The Indians were next scheduled to host both Kee and Riceville Monday, August 30 and then play in the New Hampton Tournament Saturday, September 4. The net Tribe will then open Northeast Iowa Conference play against Class 4A top-five rated Waverly-Shell Rock in a road match-up slated for Tuesday, September 7 before taking part in the Crestwood Tournament Saturday, September 11.

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