The Waukee volleyball team welcomed in a host of schools for their annual weekend tournament held Saturday, September 15.
The Warriors put on a great showing in front of the hometown crowd winning four out of six matches played. Waukee, ranked ninth in the latest Class 5A polls, took wins over Ames, Des Moines Abraham Lincoln, West Marshall, and 11th ranked Indianola. The two losses suffered by the Warriors came at the hands of sixth ranked Urbandale and Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
The Warriors took two set sweeps over Ames, Abraham Lincoln, and West Marshall. Waukee was at full strength with the solid return of senior Kelsey Plumb to the line up. Across all three shutout victories, Plumb recorded 40 total assists and quickly made her way back to prominence. It was a great sign and a warm welcome back for the Warrior assist machine.
“It’s been great to see Kelsey come back and play like she hasn’t missed a beat,” began head coach Danielle Lynch. “We had to ease her in after her injury but she’s come back just as strong as ever and it’s great to have her back with how she’s able to improve our team.”
Plumb and the rest of the Warriors helped down Ames High School in two sets 25-22 and 25-23 while taking care of Abraham Lincoln 21-12 and 21-9, not to mention the two set win over West Marshall 21-14 and 21-17.
In the match-up against 11th ranked Indianola, Waukee had to come back from an early deficit that put them behind in a set one loss 25-19. The Warriors stormed back to claim the set two win 25-21 before pulling out a win late in set three to seal the match win 15-11. Kelsey Plumb not only let with 18 assists in that match, but also paced the Warriors in kills with seven, not to mention tying for the team lead in aces with two.
The meeting against sixth ranked Urbandale was the only match-up where Waukee was swept in two sets. Both sets ended in a 21-14 final favoring the J-Hawks. Waukee managed just 13 kills against Urbandale and no more than 13 assists.
The only other loss for the weekend came against Sergeant Bluff-Luton. The contest actually started out in favor of the Warriors who took the first set by the slim margin of 22-20. It then proceeded to be a touch match for the Warriors who fell in set two 21-8 and set three by a 15-10 margin.
Megan Severson, who led the way in assists in Plumb’s absence, did her damage in the kills department for the weekend, leading the team with 33 kills for the tournament. Avery Showalter led the Warriors throughout the tournament in digs with 54.
Overall it was a more than solid tournament for the Warriors who put up great outings against some of the best teams in the state, which was a goal heading into the tournament for coach Lynch.
“We knew we were going to play some of the tougher teams in the state,” began Lynch. “This tournament will help us gauge where we are and how we can consistently match up with really good teams. Not necessarily looking at the win/loss column here but for us to come out winning half of our matches or better will show us as coaches that we’ve come a long way and that we’re playing more consistent.”
The Warriors are now 15-10 on the season and will have a big match up on the horizon as they welcome in West Des Moines Valley tomorrow for a conference showdown, beginning at 6:30 p.m.