There’s a phrase out there that goes “consistency is King”. Tuesday night, consistency was Queen for the Waukee volleyball team who claimed victory in round two of the Class 5A Region three bracket.
“The entire last week of practice we were focused finding out what type of rhythm and pace worked best for use to be consistent,” said head coach Danielle Lynch. “We were very consistent tonight and all that practice really paid off.”
The Warriors advanced in effortless fashion defeating the Indianola Indians in three straight sets 25-16, 25-12, and 25-20. Perfectly placed aces and well executed kills was the theme surrounding the Warrior girls against the Indians which helped them earn big leads early and often.
Aside from a 2-2 early set one tie, Indianola never broke within three points of Waukee throughout the majority of set one. Waukee had various spurts of three to four straight set points which set them up 14-11 midway through set one. It was junior Kate Nelson to secure the opening set with three straight solid serves to give Waukee a one set to none lead 25-16.
Set two was a back and forth opening to the set all the way to a 6-6 tie. The Warriors would turn on the jets from there and in a blink of an eye, Waukee led set two 16-7. The Warriors rounded out the set outscoring the Indians 9-1 to claim set two 25-12.
Waukee never faced a deficit until in the later stages of set three when Indianola pushed ahead 19-18. Both teams would battle back and forth until Waukee began to break away at 22-20. From there, sophomore Layanna Green took to the serving role and gave the Warriors three straight set points to give Waukee the set three win 25-20, and a postseason round two victory.
All season long the Warriors have shown poise consistent with an experienced team and that was a big part of what gave Waukee the win over an Indianola team they’ve faced multiple times in 2018.
“We really showed our experience tonight,” began Lynch. “It’s hard to beat a team three times in one season but the mental game from our girls helped them out big tonight.”
The victory marks the 11th win in the past 13 matches and Tuesday night showed more of what coach Lynch mentioned as a big key for victory against the Indians.
“A big key for us tonight was placing our serves,” said Lynch. “We did a great job at placing our serves which seemed to keep Indianola off balance. They had some sophomores and freshman passing tonight and so we made sure to serve the seems and the sidelines hard and it payed off well for us.”
Facing a team for the third time let alone doing so in a postseason match can give the best of teams nervous feelings but for the Warriors, and kills leader Haley Bush, it was all about playing within.
“We really tried to think of it as it’s just us in the gym and focus on what we do best,” said Bush.
The match win gives the Warriors a 28-14 record and the right to move onto the Class 5A region three championship match. That will take place on Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m. against Urbandale. With Urbandale being the higher ranked team, the match will take place at Urbandale High School.