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Mustangs are No. 7 in 3A
October 04, 2013 · Crystal Eskelsen


The Mount Vernon volleyball team is currently ranked No. 7 in Class 3A.

Last week they were challenged as they faced off against conference foe Western Dubuque, but the Mustangs rallied for a 3-2 win to remain unbeaten in the WaMaC East.

The Bobcats got ahead early and took game one 25-19.

Mount Vernon started to battle back in game two, but fell just short, 26-24.

"We struggled in game one, battled back in game two and were just unbelievably resilient in games three, four and five," said Maggie Willems, Mount Vernon head coach.

The Mustangs pushed themselves after falling in the first two games.

"The match was a real highlight of the week for us," Willems said. "It was an entire team effort and the team really stuck together."

Mount Vernon freshman Kaitlyn Volesky was in just her second varsity start and she had 21 kills to lead the team.

The Mustangs also defeated Maquoketa last week, 3-1.

Hannah Whitley led Mount Vernon with 14 kills, six blocks and two ace serves.

The Mustangs were to host Class 4A, No. 5 West Delaware Tuesday. Saturday they are at the Waverly-Shell Rock tournament. Tuesday they host Class 4A, No. 2 Solon.

Mount Vernon vs. Western Dubuque

MV 3, WD 2

19-25, 24-26, 26-24, 26-24, 21-19

Mustang stat leaders

Kills: Volesky 21, Cochrane 15, Whitley 14

Assists: Melchert 58

Digs: Ryan 54, Vandersall 22

Blocks: Volesky 5, Melchert 3, Cochrane 2, Whitley 2

Aces: Lynott 1, Melchert 1, Ryan 1, Vandersall 1, Whitley 1

Mount Vernon vs. Maquoketa

MV 3, MAQ 1

25-16, 25-8, 23-25, 25-11

Mustang stat leaders

Kills: Whitley 14, Cochrane 11, Vandersall 8, Hawtrey 6, Volesky 5

Assists: Melchert 40

Digs: Melchert 14, Ryan 11, Vandersall 10, Lynott 9, Hawtrey 8

Blocks: Whitley 6, Melchert 5, Volesky 3, Cochrane 1

Aces: Vandersall 7, Whitley 2, Lynott 2, Hawtrey 1, Meeker 1

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