Head coach Sara Horn couldn't have asked for a better performance out of her girls this weekend, as the Iowa Central volleyball squad went 4-0, all while only dropping one game along the way.
After beating Elgin and Cloud County on Friday, and Fort Scott and South East yesterday, the Tritons (18-13, 3-2 in conference) had gone 4-0 in a tournament for the first time all year.
"I was really happy with the way our girls played all weekend," said Horn. "With these wins I think our home victories this year (ten) equal our total wins last year, so that's really good to see."
The Tritons opened up the weekend with a quick sweep of Elgin, winning by scores of 25-13, 25-9 and 25-18. Holly Kwikkel led with 12 kills, while Veronika Nelson added to the offensive attack with 18 assists and three aces. Sara Gustafson also added 12 digs and Samantha Feldhans had two blocks in the match.
"I saw a lot of leadership from our second year players, and that's something that can't be taught, they just do it," said Horn.
Cloud County was the Tritons next victim, as they continued to sweep their way through the tournament with 25-20, 25-21 and 25-23 victories. Standout Sammy Hobart led the way with 22 kills and ten digs, as Gustafson added 18 digs of her own. Nelson and Katie Niesen recorded 21 and15 assists, respectively, while Kwikkel had two blocks to lead the defense.
"A lot of girls have stepped up lately to replace injured players, which has really been the reason we've had such success as of late," said Horn.
To start the day on Saturday the Tritons swept Fort Scott by scores of 25-12, 27-25 and 25-15. Hobart had another solid match with 18 kills, while Sara Chodur chipped in with 22 digs. Nelson had a solid performance with 18 assists and Nichole Easton recorded two aces.
Then in the final match of the tournament Iowa Central handled South East in four games, by scores of 25-21, 17-25, 25-21 and 25-12. Kwikkel led the Tritons with 14 kills, while Hobart added 13 of her own. Nelson had 16 assists and four blocks in the match, while Niesen had 11 assists and landed three aces.
"They showed a lot of tenacity this weekend. Even though we would sometimes go down in games they always fought back hard and that was great to see as a coach," said Horn.
The Tritons will be back in action next weekend as they head to Marshalltown for another tournament, before they begin regionals in early November.
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