It was a continuation of more winning for the Class 5A fifth-ranked Waukee volleyball team as they went undefeated in their home invitational Tuesday afternoon in Waukee.
Within the confines of the Waukee Field House, the Warrior continued their winning ways and brought their winning streak up to eight games with wins over second-ranked Dowling Catholic, Des Moines Lincoln, and Ames. Waukee fell in just one set throughout the entire tournament while taking six set victories to earn the three straight wins.
In their outing against Ames, the Warriors managed to keep a lead for the majority of both sets which ended up in a 25-19 set one victory while also claiming set two by a 25-18 final. As she would all day long, junior star Layanna Green led the Warriors in kills notching ten against Ames while also chipping in two aces. Green’s presence once again adds a lot of positivity to the Warrior lineup, something that is very helpful in the eyes of second year head coach Danielle Lynch.
“Having a talent like Layanna who has been through the rigors of the varsity level is so extremely valuable,” said Lynch. “She so talented mentally as well as physically that I can place her pretty much in any position throughout the lineup and know we’ll get extremely effective play out of her. She’s strong in front of the setter, behind the setter, her knowladge of the game allows her to be able to handle any position and her athleticism allows her to execute those position better than most her age.”
There were a couple of newcomers to the varsity roster who continued their early season runs beginning with junior Ella Pedersen who graduated from the JV level and hit the varsity ranks strong, showcasing her skills with ten successful serves against Ames alone. Transfer Lily Becker has made herself known on the Warrior roster and was a major help Tuesday, especially against Ames where she totaled 21 assists and seven digs, both of which led the Warriors in that match. Following Tuesday’s action, Becker now has 219 total assits averaging just over eight assists per set.
It was a smoother ride for Waukee against Des Moines Lincoln, winning set one handily 25-11 followed by a 25-15 set two victory. Junior Kori Knox has seen substantially more varsity playing time this season and has made the most of it including the Lincoln game where she went a perfect 17-of-17 in serving with a team best five aces to go along with four digs for the contest.
The biggest challenge of the day for Waukee was a top ten showdown against second-ranked Dowling Catholic. The match started out with a back-and-forth set one where a late surge by Waukee gave the Warriors a 25-19 set one win. They overcame a 25-22 heartbreaking set two loss to win in dramatic fashion with a 15-12 set three final. There were some pretty strong numbers for the Warriors against Dowling including 13 kills by senior Kate Nelson who also chipped in four blocks and three successful serves. Junior Kori Knox paced Waukee in digs with 15 while Lily Becker dominated from the serve line with a perfect 18-for-18 in successful serves for the match.
The victorious Warriors now have gone undefeated in two straight inivtationa tournaments. They will have to gear up for a third striaght tournament and 14 matches within a seven day span. Their next bout of competitive action will take them to Valley High School on Saturday, Sep. 7 with a five game slate against Class 5A second ranked Dowling, Des Moines Lincoln, third ranked Ankeny, Fort Dodge, and fourth ranked West Des Moines Valley.