MHS netters stuck with 1-4 showing

IOWA CITY – By the time the Marshalltown High School volleyball squad got it rolling, it was too late in the day to do much on the court.

The Bobcats suffered a slow start and finished 1-4 at Iowa City West’s Caroline Found Extravaganza, avenging their season-opening loss to Pella Christian for the only win of the day.

Marshalltown fell to 4-9 overall with losses to Waterloo Columbus (2-1), Class 4A No. 13 Dubuque Wahlert (2-0), Class 1A No. 1 Holy Trinity (2-0) and Davenport North (2-1).

“I think we had a pretty productive day,” said MHS coach Terri Westendorf. “Our serving statistics were very good, especially against Davenport North, and our serve-receive was pretty good. We just had a couple glitches along the way, rotations we couldn’t get out of, so we were a little frustrated in the end because we felt we could have beat Davenport North.

“We beat Pella Christian, we did a nice job of handling them. We got better throughout the day and peaked with Pella Christian, and the girls played hard and had some good moments.”

The win over Pella Christian, who defeated MHS 3-1 in the season opener, came by scores of 25-17, 22-25, 15-6. Losses were to Waterloo Columbus (20-22, 21-15, 15-12), Wahlert (21-15, 23-21), Holy Trinity (21-13, 21-7) and Davenport North (25-23, 10-25, 15-8).

Leiah Paustian and Rachel Whaley both finished with 30 kills to lead the Bobcats on the day. Haley Vajgrt added 13 kills and Emily Rebik had 12. Rebik led the defense with five blocks and Whaley had four.

Lindsay Ricken racked up 43 assists while Sharissa Stansberry notched 40 digs. Paustian posted team-leading service totals, going 56-for-58 with nine aces. Whaley had 36 digs and served 23-for-26 with an ace, while Vajgrt was 26-for-27 with an ace. Ricken served 28-for-29.

Marshalltown is back at home on Tuesday night, hosting Des Moines Hoover in a 7:30 p.m. contest.