SOLON– The Lady Spartans gutted out a nail-biter against West Delaware last week to capture the WaMaC Tournament championship and move to 29-1 for the season.
According to Head Coach Kurt Trout, it’s the most wins in a season for a Solon varsity volleyball squad.
The Lady Spartans swept to the tourney title by defeating Central DeWitt, Benton Community and Waterloo Columbus at home Tuesday during pool play; then besting Western Dubuque and Marion in the championship bracket before a title tilt rematch with West Delaware.
“Both early games (Western Dubuque in the quarterfinal, Marion in the semifinal) took more energy than we thought,” Trout said after the win. “Marion really pushed us because they like to play a placement game of volleyball which we don’t really see much.”
Solon had managed to cruise through the pool play Tuesday at home, downing DeWitt (21-12, 21-18), Benton (21-7, 21-12) and Columbus (21-9, 21-7).
On Thursday, the Lady Spartans moved fairly easily past Western Dubuque (25-15, 25-16), but host Marion kept the games close, with Solon edging into the tournament championship (25-20, 25-21).
“Going into the finals against West Delaware, we felt good, but a little tired,” Trout reported. “We opened up a good lead at 16-13, but fell apart and lost game one 18-25.”
Game two was a back-and-forth battle, he said, but West Delaware had a chance to put it away, serving for the match at 24-21.
But the Lady Spartans found a way to win.
“We were in a very solid hitting rotation with Kelsey Cave in the front row and Rylee Smith serving,” Trout noted, “and we had an incredible comeback.”
Solon took game two 26-24, and then pushed into the lead in the rubber match, winning the title 15-11.
Cave had 10 kills to pace Solon in the title match, with Jordan Runge adding seven and Kelsey Hinrichs contributing six. Smith anchored the defense with 11 digs. Hinrichs had the team lead for assists with 16 and went 16-17 from the service stripe with two aces. Smith was 13-13 in serves, also with two aces.
Solon begins substate regional play Monday, Oct. 24, at home against Williamsburg. The regional semifinal would be played Thursday, Oct. 27, in Williamsburg, with the final slated for Wednesday, Nov. 2 in Washington.