Wash. takes 4th at home tourney
When you double your season win total in one day at a home tourney, the consensus is that the day couldn’t have gone much better.
The Demons’ volleyball team topped Tri-County and Wapello 4-0 before losing their next three matches to move to 4-22 on the season with a fourth-place showing.
“The girls kept saying how good it felt,” said head coach Julianna Berg. “ ‘How nice it was to be on the other side of the scoreboard.’ Once they start having fun continuously they will be better and better.”
The Wapello win by the Demons was decided by scores of 22-20 and 21-19. Tri-County was defeated 21-7 and 21-5.
Washington lost to Keota in Berg’s first game against the team she played for. She said the game was business as usual for her and her former coach Dan Stout.
It dropped its second match, to Regina of Iowa City and lost once more to Keota.
“We played the best that we have played all year,” Berg said.
The tournament at home late in the season proved to be a showcase for Washington’s hard work in a trying season.
“That was definitely a nice time to do it,” Berg said.
The libero position was filled by junior Lauren Swan, who turned in an impressive string of games.
“Lauren Swan was passing really well,” Berg said. “She was in the zone. She just nailed every single ball.”
The Demons played with a pair of setters senior, Sam Mullens and sophomore Emma Stout.
“Both of those girls did really well,” Berg said. “I’m pleased with how they stepped into that role.”
The front line had balance from four contributors.
“All the front-line players did well,” Berg said. “That would have been Victoria Bennett, Amber Salow, Anna Wheeler and Sydney Hoffman. It is hard to pick one.”
Coming into the day, Bennett had 28 serves on the season, as the seventh most used server on the team.
“Victoria Bennett had a lot of serves and a lot of very good serves,” Berg said. “We haven’t seen a lot of her serving this year. She did very, very well. She has a tough serve.”
The two wins serve as a springboard with Washington in the midst of its stretch run.
The Demons have winnable games on their schedule, the first is at Fairfield, Tuesday at 7:30; the season series is 1-1. Then Keokuk, to which it didn’t lose by more than four points in a game.
“Having beat Fairfield already in a tournament and coming so close at Keokuk is good for our mentality,” Berg said.”