En route to their 30th overall win of the season, the Class 5A sixth-ranked Waukee volleyball team swept conference foe Marshalltown in three straight sets.
In the process of obtaining their 20th shutout victory of the season, the Warriors put up season-high numbers for a three-set match, all highlighted from the serving line. Four Warrior stars picked up perfect serving nights while five Warrior girls picked up ten successful serves or more, one of the first times such an event has occurred all season for Waukee.
The Warriors went 71-of-73 from the serving line with seven aces and one of the strongest performances seen all season. Strong serving helped Waukee start strong in front of their hometown fans in a 25-12 set one victory. Multiple five-point runs then led to a victory in set two by a 25-8 final. Set three was the most competitive set of the night and it took the Warriors until late in the set to capture a 25-19 set win and thus match victory. Junior Kori Knox also added into the serving fun going 11-for11 while also producing a match team-best 14 digs on the night.
On an individual note from the serving line, junior Ella Pedersen produced a season-high 20 successful serves on the night complete with three aces. That was just a part of what was a night to remember for Pedersen as she picked up ten kills and six digs overall.
“Ella has been nothing but fantastic for us this season,” started second-year head coach Danielle Lynch. “Against teams that we face in conference, consistency is crucial and that is exactly what Ella has helped out with his season.”
Pedersen’s ten kills were second on the Warrior roster only behind senior Kate Neilsen who picked up 13 on the nigh and 253rd of the 2019 campaign. The senior was one of the five Warriors to go perfect from the serving line with a ten-for-ten night complete with one assist, four digs, and a pair of aces. Lily Becker had one of her highest single-match assist total of the season sporting 32 assists out of the 38 acquired by the team. Becker too went perfect in serving going 11-for-11 with one ace.
Overall for a three-set match, the Warriors produced highs in total kills (42), digs (43), and successful serves (71/73). The win gives Waukee their 30th win of the season marking their best regular-season performance in over 12 years. It has been well over ten years since Warrior volleyball picked up 30 wins before the end of the regular season. Waukee now ranks among just five teams in all of Class 5A to have earned a 30 plus win season up to this point. That list includes eighth-ranked Council Bluffs Lincoln, fourth-ranked Ankeny, third-ranked West Des Moines Valley, and top-ranked Cedar Falls.
Up next for the Warrior volleyball squad will be their final weekend action of the season as they take the short drive to Johnston High School on Saturday, Oct. 19 to battle and eleven team field. The sixth-ranked Warriors will be one of five Class 5A ranked teams within the field. Action will kick-off beginning at 8:30 a.m.