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Mustangs strong at Waverly tournament
October 11, 2013 · Crystal Eskelsen


Though there were ups and downs to this week (as there are with most), the Class 3A, No. 7 Mount Vernon volleyball team definitely ended the week on an up.

The Mustangs traveled to the Waverly-Shell Rock tournament Saturday and finished second, knocking off several ranked opponents along the way.

"We had big wins on Saturday," said Maggie Willems, Mount Vernon head coach. "We showed marked improvement in our focus and execution and indicated we can play with anyone."

Mount Vernon started the day by winning its pool, beating Crestwood, Mason City, Dyersville Beckman and Class 3A, No. 4 Union.

In the semifinals the Mustangs went up against Class 2A, No. 6 Grundy Center and earned the 2-0 win, 25-15 and 25-15.

Mount Vernon was led by Maddy Hawtrey with six kills, seven digs and one ace serve.

In the finals, the Mustangs faced off against the host school, Class 4A, No. 3 Waverly-Shell Rock. Mount Vernon battled hard but fell 25-23, 25-19 to finish runners-up at the tournament.

"What an opportunity," Willems said of playing against Waverly-Shell Rock. "While we fell short, we rose to the occasion."

Mount Vernon was led by Morgan Melchert with 18 assists and one ace serve.

The Mustangs play at Cedar Rapids Jefferson Saturday. Next Tuesday and Thursday they are at the WaMaC tournament.

"Now to get to the task of beating the very best," Willems said.

Mount Vernon vs. West Delaware

WD 3, MV 0

25-14, 25-20, 25-22

Mustang stat leaders

Kills: Vandersall 7, Cochrane 5, Whitley 5

Assists: Melchert 21

Digs: Melchert 16, Ryan 15

Blocks: Volesky 3, Whitley 3, Melchert 2, Cochrane 1

Aces: Hawtrey 1, Pettinger 1, Ryan 1

Mount Vernon at

Waverly-Shell Rock

tournament

Mount Vernon vs.

Waverly-Shell Rock (4A No. 3)

WSR 2, MV 0

25-23, 25-19

Mustang stat leaders

Kills: Cochrane 5, Hawtrey 3, Melchert 3, Volesky 3, Whitley 3

Assists: Melchert 18

Digs: Ryan 16, Lynott 14, Vandersall 12

Blocks: Whitley 2, Volesky 1

Aces: Melchert 1, Vandersall 1

Mount Vernon vs. Mason City

MV 2, MC 0

21-7, 21-10

Mustang stat leaders

Kills: Whitley 5, Volesky 4, Vandersall 3, Cochrane 3

Assists: Melchert 15

Digs: Ryan 9

Blocks: Whitley 1

Aces: Vandersall 2, Ryan 1, Melchert 1, Lynott 1

Mount Vernon vs. Union (3A No. 4)

MV 2, UN 1

21-15, 16-21, 15-11

Mustang stat leaders

Kills: Whitley 11, Hawtrey 5, Cochrane 3, Vandersall 3, Volesky 3

Assists: Melchert 23

Digs: Lynott 9, Ryan 8, Vandersall 6, Melchert 6

Blocks: Whitley 6, Melchert 3, Hawtrey 2

Aces: Hawtrey 2, Vandersall 2

Mount Vernon vs. Dyersville-Beckman

MV 2, DB 0

21-14, 21-16

Mount Vernon vs. Crestwood

MV 2, CRE 0

21-10, 21-11

Mustang stat leaders

Kills: Whitley 8, Vandersall 4, Hawtrey 3, Cochrane 3

Assists: Melchert 22

Digs: Vandersall 10, Ryan 5

Blocks: Hawtrey 1, Whitley 1

Aces: Vandersall 2, Ryan 1, Lynott 1, Whitley 1

Mount Vernon vs. Grundy Center (GC is No. 6 in 2A)

MV 2, GC 0

25-15, 25-15

Mustang stat leaders

Kills: Hawtrey 6, Vandersall 5, Volesky 5, Cochrane 4,

Whitley 4

Assists: Melchert 24

Digs: Lynott 10, Vandersall 9, Hawtrey 7, Ryan 7

Blocks: Whitley 2, Vandersall 2

Aces: Vandersall 1, Ryan 1, Hawtrey 1

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