From the first serve to the final point, the Wapello volleyball team was never in danger of letting its home match Thursday night against Louisa-Muscatine slip away.
Wapello seniors Mariah Mitchell and Tiffany Parsons led a potent attack up front, with Mitchell collecting 15 kills and Parsons 11 in the 25-11, 25-6, 25-11 straight-set victory, as their Arrows improved to 8-3 after losing two of their previous four matches.
“We really needed this because we were kind of down on ourselves for the last two games, we hadn’t been playing well,” Parsons said. “Our passing was really good and our sets were just as good too (tonight).”
The Arrows switched from a two-setter rotation from their last match against Lone Tree to just one, and it paid off as the team executed its passing and setting to nearly perfection Thursday night.
“I started off a little rough in the beginning, but I got into it,” Mitchell said. “I play better when we all play better as a team because I need good passes and good sets. So I do best if everyone else does best.”
The Falcons presented a scare early in the first set, trading points back and forth and even tying it at 7-7, but the Arrows pulled away late, outscoring their opponent 14-2 to close the first game and set the tone for the rest of the evening.
“I thought we were very competitive in the first game,” Louisa-Muscatine coach Andi Martinez said. “The first and third games we were very competitive, and I was pleased with our effort. We kind of let off in the second game, and it came back to bite. But we had some really good plays tonight, so I was pleased overall with how we did.”
Wapello continued the momentum from the end of the first set into the second, scoring the first six points before sealing the second game 25-6 and going on to win the third 25-11.
The only minor hiccup the Arrows had was serving, as they made 11 service errors.
“I thought that we had more court savvy than we’ve had all year, and that our passing was the best we’ve done all year,” Wapello coach Ken Spielbauer said. “When we played Lone Tree I messed around a little with the lineup and decided that we had to stick with where we were, and it might have been a wake-up call for a few people.”
Spielbauer was pleased with the way the entire team played, noting that the young players are beginning to cut down on mistakes.
“I thought Kirstyn Hank really passed the ball well, I thought Holly Massner passed the ball well,” Spielbauer said. “I thought the whole back row of Ellise Wykert, Sam Smith did a great job coming in and playing their spots. We got two outstanding hitters (Mitchell and Parsons).
"... I’m happy with the whole team. They’re starting to fight to get better.”