If excitement wasn’t already on the rise for Waukee volleyball, the latest IGHSAU volleyball Class rankings should do the trick.
Released earlier this week, Waukee volleyball was rewarded for a solid 26 win 2017 campaign with an 11th place ranking in the preseason Class 5A polls.In a showcase of what has and continues to be one of the stingiest conferences in Iowa High School volleyball, the Warriors are one of four CIML-Central Conference teams currently ranked inside the top 15 Class 5A rankings.
Two state tournament bound teams from last season in Ankeny Centennial and West Des Moines Valley take up the top and second ranked spots while Ankeny High School comes in ranked sixth across the 5A landscape.
The Warriors finished the 2017-18 campaign with a 26-21 record and accumulated 1,153 kills and 245 aces on offense. Waukee also tallied 1,091 assists, put forth 1,413 digs, and swatted away 292 blocks. The Warriors have quite the veteran presence with nine seniors on the starting roster to go along with a pair of juniors.
The newly minted 11th ranked Warriors helped out their own cause by defeating sixth ranked Ankeny at home Tuesday, August 21st. It didn’t start all rainbows and sunshine for the Warriors who fell behind early, dropping the first two sets of the match 25-19 and 25-21. From there the Warriors turned on the juice and stormed back to stay alive with a 26-24 set three win. After that, it was all Waukee as the Warriors claimed set four by a 25-21 final and finished off the meraculous comeback with a 15-11 final set win for the overall victory.
Haley Bush had quite the night accounting for 18 of the teams’ 45 kills Kori Knox paced the Warriors in digs notching 12 on the night while Kelsey Plumb put on a show to remember with 36 assists, six digs, and two blocks.
The Warriors now start off the season with an unblemished 1-0 mark, a feat they’ve managed three times in the past six years. Next up for the Warriors will be taking a short drive to Ankeny on Saturday, August 25 for a weekend invitational. The Warriors will be one of 15 teams in the mix and will face off against Cedar Falls, Clarinda, and Dowling Catholic.