vb: Lauren Berg

Westby’s Lauren Berg uses a running volleyball serve for the Norse.

Westby hosted Onalaska Luther in its Coulee Conference home opener on Tuesday, Aug. 29, and traveled to G-E-T on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Westby 3, Luther 1

8-29-17

The Norse (6-0, 1-0) took care of the Knights 25-14, 25-19, 24-26, 25-21. Against Luther the Norse recorded, 43 kills, 36 assists, 10 aces and 63 digs. Kenzie Von Ruden led Westby with 10 kills, Kiarra Keenlance 19 assists and Jada Berra had 20 digs.

Set 1

Westby started out slow, but picked up the pace with 10 kills to win this set. The Norse struggled with momentum early on missing several serves.

Jessi Marshall led the team in kills with three and Keenlance and Michaela Grabowski added a pair each in the first set. Berra led the team with seven digs, followed by Marshall with six. Lauren Berg finished the first game with six assists in the 25-14 win.

Set 2

Westby hitters were much more aggressive in the second set, but once again the Norse struggled with missed serves and failure to pound across aces. Westby won the second game 25-19, but lacked communication on the floor.

Grabowski and Von Ruden had four kills each Keenlance had seven assists and Miranda DelMedico had seven digs.

Set 3

Westby continued to struggle with communication and serving and the Norse had a difficult time finding holes in the Knight’s defense. They rallied back late, but came up short sending the match to a fourth set.

Set 4

Westby came back with determination in the fourth set pulling off a 25-21 victory and 3-1 overall match win over Luther. The Norse moved the ball around the floor more allowing hitters to catch the Knights off guard.

The Norse had four aces and six kills in the final set. Von Ruden had a pair of kills Keenlance three assists and Lauren Berg a pair of assists.

Westby 3, G-E-T 0

8-31-17

The Norse remains undefeated in the Coulee Conference downing the G-E-T Red Hawks 25-20, 25-21, 25-18 on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Against G-E-T the Norse recorded, 26 kills, 24 assists, 7 aces and 59 digs. Grabowski led Westby with 9 kills and 5 block kills, Keenlance 11 assists Marshall 14 digs and Berra 13 digs.

Set 1

Westby came out stronger against G-E-T than it did against Luther two nights earlier, but still struggled with blocking against the Red Hawks. Westby won the first set 25-20, but Head Coach Jenny Luebke said the team needs to work harder on its blocking.

Grabowski had four kills Keenlance six assists and eight digs and Berra had seven digs..

Set 2

Luebke said the Norse played much better as a team in the second set picking up a 25-21 win.

Grabowski and Berra each recorded a trio of aces to lead the Norse serving. Keenlance had a handful of assists, while Berg had a few of her own.

Set 3

Westby was visibly rattled in the last two sets of the match with G-E-T, but stayed focused and utilized patience to pick up the match win with a 25-18 set victory.

In the final set, Grabowski and Von Ruden had a pair of kills each Berg had three assists and Marshall had five digs.

Luebke said the team has the skills to keep winning, they just need to trust and communicate with each other,

“We still have work to do as a team, but we are improving with every match. We need to stay focused and driven to succeed. Our skills also need some fine tuning,” Luebke said.

The Norse hosted Viroqua on Tuesday, Sept. 5, which is also “Pink Night”. They participate in the Holmen Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 9, travel to West Salem on Tuesday, Sept. 12, and are at Black River Falls on Thursday, Sept. 14.

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Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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