Westby used team chemistry to win its own invite on Saturday, Aug. 26 with a perfect 5-0 showing. With a solid mix of returning starters and incoming varsity level players, Westby has depth from players like Michaela Grabowski, Miranda DelMedico, Kenzie Von Ruden, Lauryn Berg, Jada Berra, Jesse Marshall, Elsa Luebke, and Eva Lee, along with a good bench rotation who will all be key components to a successful season in 2017.
“Team chemistry is an asset Norse volleyball can use to their benefit all season, “ Head Coach Jenny Luebke said.
Westby defeated Kickapoo 25-10 and 25-18 in the first match of the season. The Norse had five aces, but missed four serves. Coach Luebke said the team did a great job of communicating on the floor, which is vital if you want to win.
Kill leaders for Westby: Von Ruden and Luebke 5 kills and Grabowski 4 kills. Assist leader: Keenlance 10 assists. Ace leader: Berg 3 aces. Dig leader: Berra 4 digs. Block kill leader: Lee.
Westby downed Cashton 28-26 and 25-14. Coach Luebke said Westby struggled with momentum as they moved players around in search of the best fit. Westby missed seven serves in this match, but recorded six aces.
“Cashton is a scrappy team and we struggled getting kills in the first set, but luckily that improved in the second set. We have many good hitters this season who really know how to find the holes in the defense,” Luebke said.
Kill leaders for Westby: Von Ruden 5 kills and Grabowski 8 kills. Assist leader: Keenlance 11 assists. Ace leader: Grabowski 5 aces. Dig leader: Berra 9 digs, Grabowski, DelMedico and Von Ruden 5 digs each. Block kill leader: Lee 3.
Westby volleyed past Viroqua 25-15 and 25-15. This rival matchup is always an exciting match to watch with both teams fired up to win. Westby missed a pair of serves in this match and had three aces. Norse setters moved the ball along the net well and all hitters got a chance to kill the ball.
Coach Luebke said the defense was strong and played like they wanted to win.
Kill leaders for Westby: Marshall 5 kills and Grabowski, Keenlance and Lee 3 kills each. Assist leader: Keenlance and Berg 7 assists. Ace leader: Berg 2 aces. Dig leader: Marshall 11 digs. Block kill leader: Grabowski 2.
Westby beat DeSoto 25-14 and 25-11. Westby tends to struggle after coming off a break and it showed agaist DeSoto. The Norse missed eight serves, but pounded across 10 aces.
“We were slow to the ball at first but started to move quicker as we got warmed up,” Coach Luebke said.
Kill leaders for Westby: Luebke and Grabowski 3 kills each Von Ruden, Marshall and Morgan Olson each had 2 kills each. Assist leader: Keenlance 9 assists. Ace leader: Grabowski 4 aces. Dig leader: DelMedico 5 digs. Block kill leader: Eva Lee 2.
In the last match of the day, Westby defeated Whitehall 25-19 and 25-9. By game 6 all the teams were fatigued. Westby had six serving errors , but fired nine aces. Coach Luebke said the team worked well together and the kills were spread around.
Kill leaders for Westby: Von Ruden, Luebke and Keenlance 3 kills each and Grabowski led with 6 kills. Assist leader: Berg 8 assists. Ace leader: Olson 3 aces. Dig leader: Von Ruden 5 digs and Berra 4 digs. Block kill leader: Grabowski 3.
Westby hosts Luther on Tuesday, Aug. 29, and travels to G-E-T on Thursday, Aug. 31. The Norse host Viroqua on Tuesday, Sept. 5, which is also “Pink Night”.
Team Records: Westby 5-0, Cashton 3-2, Kickapoo 3-2, Viroqua 3-2, De Soto 1-4, Whitehall 0-5, .