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After failing to win a set in four matches this past weekend at the Linn-Mar volleyball tournament, the Muskies are looking for the reset button.

While they lost in straight sets to Dubuque Hempstead (4-21, 5-21), Linn-Mar (8-21, 16-21), Center Point-Urbana (13-21, 11-21) and Cedar Rapids Prairie (18-21, 15-21), the Muskies were going up against some of the toughest competition they have faced all year.

Dubuque Hempstead is ranked No. 5 in Class 5A, and Center Point-Urbana is No. 7 in 4A.

"We went into this tournament knowing which teams were going to be up here," Muscatine coach Tim Martin said. ... "As a coach, yeah, I was a little disappointed on the simple fact that we didn't win a set, but on the other hand it is so early in the season, and we are still learning."

While Muscatine struggled to score a lot of points, they did impress defensively at times. Morgan Hogenson led the team in digs with 38, including 23 in one match. Paige Miller added 29, Catie Cole 21 and Kendi Jones 20. 

Martin said moving forward, he'd like to see his team become more fluid on offense, play tougher defense and minimize mental errors. 

One area the Muskies have not lacked in is resiliency. They've won two out of three conference matches, both in five sets, including coming back from down two sets to none to defeat Burlington last week. 

Muscatine (3-7) will next play at Bettendorf (10-1) on Tuesday. 

"What I would like to see is a little more urgency during practice," Martin said. 


Sports Reporter