Westby found its winning ways when the Norse traveled to Arcadia on Sept. 19 and Onalaska Luther on Sept. 21. Wins didn’t come easy for Westby at Arcadia who squeaked by Raiders to pick up the match in four sets, 25-23, 15-25, 25-23, 26-24. The Norse swept the Knights 25-20, 25-18, 25-18.
Westby 3, Arcadia 1
In set 1, Westby came out aggressive right away with strong serving and communication on the floor. The Norse racked up 13 team kills. Kenzie Von Ruden pounded across four, Elsa Luebke three and Michaela Grabowski, Lauren Berg, and Eva Lee each added a pair. Keenlance was the assist leader with eight and Miranda DelMedico had four of the team’s 12 digs.
In set 2, the Norse lost some momentum and struggled to get kills, team passes were off and Westby had trouble setting up its offense. The Norse lost the second set 25-15.
In the third and fourth sets, the Norse communicated much better and teamed together to pick up back-to-back games winning 25-23, 26-24. Westby had less ball handling errors and was able to move the ball around so its hitters had better chances across the net.
In the third set Westby racked up 23 digs, nine of which belonged to Jada Berra. The Norse struggled with missed serves in the final set, but rallied back for the win.
In the match, Keenlance had 21 assists followed by Berg with 14. Grabowski had 11 kills and 2 block kills; while Von Ruden had 10 kills and and Luebke smacked down nine. Berra led the team with 16 digs.
Ellie Hoesley had eight kills and 14 digs for Arcadia (3-3).
Westby Head Coach Jenny Luebke said the team is good at rallying back, but they need to work on staying up and not losing focus.
Westby 3, Luther 0
In the first set, Westby got off to a slow start against Luther, but managed to rally back to win the first set 25-20. Luebke said the team was showing signs of fatigue after being on the road for two consecutive weeks of matches and the intense heat all week seemed to play into the early start of the match.
In the second set Westby stepped up its communication and worked together to win 25-18. The Norse also powered across five serving aces, something Luebke said the team needs to do more of
In set 3, Westby led most of the way and continued to with solid serving runs, which aided in the 25-18 win. Luebke said the team has a lot of good hitters, and they set up the ball better.
In the match, Westby recorded 22 kills from seven players. Berg had eight assists, followed by Keenlance with seven. Berra had 11 of the team’s 26 defensive digs.
Westby returns home on Tuesday, Sept. 26, against G-E-T, then travels to Viroqua on Thursday, Sept. 28.