Warrior volleyball shows improvement, going 4-4 in recent matches

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Alivia Keppler serves in Central’s win over Kee.

Lexi Loan racked up seven kills against Kee on Sept. 21. The Warriors won the game in straight sets.

Brandy Beatty receives the ball versus Kee.

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register


The Central volleyball team started last week on a high note, with a victory over 1-12 Kee on Sept. 21. The Warriors won all three sets by scores of 25-20, 25-8 and 27-25. 


Elizabeth Royer was a dominant presence offensively, with 14 assists, followed by Giorgia Baiguini who had seven. Out of the team’s 25 total kills in 68 attempts, Alyson Feickert led the team with nine. Lexi Loan had seven, Chelsia Larson added five and four players each got one kill. 


On defense, Larson was responsible for all three of the team’s blocks. 


The Warriors had a 94.5 percent serve efficiency, which led to being successful on 69 of 73 attempts and seven aces. Larson had a team high four aces, while Royer earned two and Feickert hit one.


Central followed the win with a tough four set loss against South Winneshiek on Sept. 23. South Winn won the first set 25-13, while Central took the second 26-24, but South Winn battled for a 25-18 win in set three before closing out the match with a 25-10 win in the fourth set. 


Royer was a force on offense with 10 assists, and Feickert finished the game with one. As for kills, the team totaled 11, with Loan coming away with six and Feickert two. 


The defense put up six blocks—two from Larson, two from Isabelle Groth and one from Katelyn Scherf—and totaled 64 digs. Loan had 24, Feickert added 19 to her stat line, Larson had six, Alivia Keppler and Royer each had four and Gabriella Defazio finished with three. 


Central’s serve efficiency was down from Tuesday night’s victory, to 88.2 percent, but the Warriors finished with eight aces. Loan served up three of them and Larson hit two. 


The Warriors next took part in the Decorah Tournament on Sept. 25, taking on Riceville in game one, losing in straight sets, 21-11 and 21-18. 


Coach Mike Smith commented the team was having “difficulties passing the ball” in the loss. 


The offense finished with just five assists, all from Royer, and had five kills on 28 attempts. Two were from Groth and Karleigh Thorson and one from Larson. 


The defense also struggled, finishing with just one block from Loan. 


At the service line, Central came away with four aces and a serve efficiency of 92.9 percent. Aces came from Alivia Keppler, who had two, and Loan and Royer, who had one apiece. 


The Warriors played Decorah in the next game, losing in straight sets, 21-10 and 21-7. The Vikings, according to Smith, were a “much bigger and stronger team.” 


The offense was held to two assists, one from Royer and one from Larson. The Warriors had just two kills on 26 attempts with five errors. 


In serving, Central had just one ace from Larson, but finished with a 94.4 percent efficiency. 


In the next match, the Warriors played Kingsland and lost both sets, 21-12 and 21-14. “Kingsland had a great defensive team. We tried to put the ball on ground, but Kingsland was too tough,” Smith said. 


The offense was led by Royer, who had all six assists. Feickert and Loan each had three kills. 


The defense finished with just one block, while serving notched two aces, one from Loan and the other from Keppler. Central was successful on 22 of 27 serve attempts, but had a low efficiency of 81.5 percent. 


The Warriors got back to winning in the next game, defeating Postville 21-11 and 21-18 in straight sets. 


The offense was again led by Royer, who had all seven of the team’s assists. Central had nine kills—five from Loan, three from Groth and one from Royer—and finished with just three kill errors. 


From the service line, the Warriors hit eight aces, four by Larson, three by Feickert and one from Royer, and finished with an 89.7 percent efficiency. 


The Warriors followed this victory with another against Riceville, avenging a loss from earlier in the morning. The Warriors won both sets by scores of 21-16 and 21-14. 


Central finished the tournament against the MFL MarMac, winning in straight sets, 21-15 and 21-13.


The Warriors, who are now 9-24, head back to the court on Tuesday, Sept. 28, with a home game against MFL MarMac. They will remain home for a match versus Clayton Ridge on Thursday, Sept. 30.

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