Monti works on bouncing back

VOLLEYBALL
By: 
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     The best thing you can do after a loss, in any sport, is to get up and get back after it.

     The Monticello High School volleyball team went through a 1-4 week last week, playing in multi-team events at Marion Sept. 11 and at the Lisbon Tournament Sept. 15.

     Despite losing both matches at Marion, and the first two at Lisbon, the Panthers bounced back and scored a victory in their final pool play match, edging West Burlington 21-13, 19-21, 15-12.

     It’s a characteristic coach Stacie Breitbach hopes will remain with the team as the heart of the River Valley Conference schedule approaches for the Panthers (0-3, 8-12).

     “We are continuing to get better,” Breitbach said, “And I anticipate they will continue to play with heart and give everything that they have when they step onto the court.”

     Monticello played two matches at Marion, including one against the host school, which the Panthers lost 15-25, 14-25. Jordan Kuper had seven kills, and Tori McDonald had eight assists in the match.

     Against West Delaware, ranked 10th in the state in Class 4A, the Panthers also lost in two sets, 10-25, 16-25. McDonald again had eight assists, and Kuper had six kills.

     The Panthers opened the Lisbon Tournament with a 16-21, 11-21 loss to rival Anamosa. Kuper had seven digs and four kills in the match. Mallory Steiner served 9-for-9.

     Next came a match against West Branch, which Monticello lost 19-21, 10-21. Jaelynn Kraus had five digs, Lainey Fellinger and Leah Holub had four digs apiece, and Sophie Hodge had three digs. Kuper had four kills, and Kraus had three. Steiner made five assists and served 12-for-13.

     Monticello had a lot going for it in the West Burlington match. The Panthers had 28 kills, led by Kuper’s 14 and seven by Beka Prull. Defensively, they had nine blocks – Kuper and McDonald had three apiece – and 40 digs, led by Kuper with 12, Fellinger with seven, Kraus and Steiner with six apiece.

     McDonald put up 12 assists, and Steiner had eight.

Busy week

     The Panthers had three dates scheduled this week. Following a Sept. 18 match at Cascade, Monticello will play host to Tipton Sept. 20, and host the Monticello Invitational Sept. 22.    

      

Sept. 11

Marion Tournament

Semifinal

Marion 2, Monticello 0

MONTICELLO                            Kl    Bl    Dg    Ac

Jaelynn Kraus                              3      0      2      0

Jordan Kuper                                7      1      2      2

Tori McDonald                               0      0      2      0

Carly Hayen                                  1      0      0      0

Sophie Hodge                               0      0      4      2

Lainey Fellinger                             0      0      2      0

Megan James                                0      0      1      0

Beka Prull                                      0      0      0      0

Marissa McNally                            0      0      0      0

Totals                                           11     1     13     4

Assists – McDonald 8, Fellinger 2, Prull 1.

Serving leaders – Hodge 6-6, Kuper 9-10,

Prull 4-4.

Set scores

Monticello                       15   14

Marion                            25   25

 

Third place match

West Delaware 2, Monticello 0

MONTICELLO                            Kl    Bl    Dg    Ac

Jaelynn Kraus                              1      0      2      1

Jordan Kuper                                6      0      2      1

Tori McDonald                              1      0      4      0

Carly Hayen                                  0      1      1      0

Sophie Hodge                               0      0      0      0

Lainey Fellinger                             1      0      1      0

Megan James                                0      0      1      0

Beka Prull                                      1      0      3      0

Marissa McNally                            0      0      0      0

Clara Finger                                   0      1      0      0

Leah Holub                                     0      0      3      0

Totals                                            10     1     18    10

Assists – McDonald 8, Kraus 2.

Serving leaders – Fellinger 4-4, Kraus 4-4,

Prull 4-4.

Set scores

Monticello                   10   16

West Delaware           25   25

 

Sept. 15

Lisbon Tournament

Pool play

Third place match

Anamosa 2, Monticello 0

MONTICELLO                            Kl    Bl    Dg    Ac

Jaelynn Kraus                              1      0      2      0

Jordan Kuper                               4      0      7      0

Tori McDonald                              2      0      2      0

Carly Hayen                                 0      1      0      0

Sophie Hodge                              0      0      1      0

Lainey Fellinger                            0      0      1      0

Beka Prull                                     2      1      0      1

Mallory Steiner                             0      0      4      0

Totals                                           9      2     17     1

Assists – McDonald 4, Steiner 4.

Serving leaders – Steiner 9-9, Prull 5-5.

Set scores

Monticello                      16   11

Anamosa                       21   21

 

West Branch 2, Monticello 0

MONTICELLO                            Kl    Bl    Dg   Ac

Jaelynn Kraus                              3      0      5      0

Jordan Kuper                                4      5      0      1

Tori McDonald                              1      0      0      0

Carly Hayen                                 0      0      0      0

Sophie Hodge                              0      0      3      0

Lainey Fellinger                            0      1      4      0

Beka Prull                                     0      0      1      0

Mallory Steiner                              0      0      2      0

Marissa McNally                            0      2      0      0

Clara Finger                                  1      0      0      0

Leah Holub                                    0      0      4      0

Totals                                            9      8     19     1

Assists – Steiner 5, McDonald 2, Prull 1.

Serving leader – Steiner 12-13.

Set scores

Monticello                   19   10

West Branch               21   21

 

Monticello 2, W. Burlington 1

MONTICELLO                            Kl    Bl    Dg    Ac

Jaelynn Kraus                              2      0      6      1

Jordan Kuper                              14     3     12      0

Tori McDonald                              1      3      4      0

Carly Hayen                                 1      0      1      0

Sophie Hodge                               0      0      0      0

Lainey Fellinger                            2      1      7      0

Mallory Steiner                             1      0      6      0

Beka Prull                                     7      2      2      0

Jordan Lorenzen                           0      0      2      2

Totals                                           28     9     40     3

Assists – McDonald 12, Steiner 8, Kuper 2,

Fellinger 1, Hayen 1, Kraus 1.

Serving leaders – Steiner 13-14, Lorenzen

7-7.

Set scores

Monticello                   21   19   15

W. Burlington              13   21   12

 

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