Panthers post 2-2 record at Cascade


Keziah McQuillen of Monticello goes for a kill in the Panthers’ match against Waterloo East in the Cascade Invitational Aug. 27.

Jayden Kuper of the Panthers makes a pass during the Cascade tourney. (Photos courtesy of Don Zieser, Eastern Iowa Media Group)
VOLLEYBALL
By: 
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

   Monticello’s run in the season-opening Cascade Volleyball Tournament Aug. 27 was going as the Panthers hoped, until they ran into Springville. Twice.

   The Panthers opened with pool play wins over Waterloo East and Central City.

   Then Springville, ranked third in the state in Class 1A, handed the Panthers a pool play loss, and then defeated them again in the bracket play quarterfinals, leaving Monticello with a 2-2 record.

   “I anticipated us having a better record,” Monticello coach Stacie Breitbach said, “but Springville is a really strong team and played better than we did on Saturday.

   The Panthers opened with a 21-17, 21-18 win over Waterloo East, in which Jayden Kuper had nine kills and Mia Jaeger made 17 assists. Madilynn Kromminga served 9-for-9.

   “We came out and played hard against East,” Breitbach said. “We were able to run a quick offense and did well on serve receive.”

   Against Central City, the Panthers scored a 21-11, 21-14 win.

   “We came out serving and serve receiving well,” the coach said.

   Kuper again had nine kills in that match, as Jaeger made 20 assists while serving 8-for-8.

   The final pool play match was against Springville, and Monticello lost by scores of 15-21, 13-21. Kuper had 11 kills and six digs, while Keziah McQuillen had six kills and sis digs. Jaeger again made 20 assists.

   Following pool play the top eight teams were ranked one through eight, and the Panthers drew Springville for a quarterfinal match, losing 13-21, 8-21.

   “Springville is a very good team,” Breitbach said. “They are a very explosive team with many offensive weapons and a setter who runs their offense really well.”

   Monticello had 15 digs in the match, led by McQuillen with four, Lainey Luensman and Kuper with three apiece. Kuper also had two blocks.

 

Aug. 27

Cascade Inv.

Pool Play

Monticello 2, Waterloo East 0

MONTICELLO                            Kl    Bl    Dg   Ac

Mia Jaeger                                   4      1      7      0

Jayden Kuper                               9      1      5      1

Jordan Fangmann                        0      0      5      0

Madilynn Kromminga                    0      0      2      0

Madison Butterworth                    3      1      1      0

Keziah McQuillen                         3      1      8      0

Abby Sharlow                               4      1      0      0

Jaelyn Aitchison                            0      0      3      0

Lacie Koppes                                3      0      3      0

Lainey Luensman                         0      0      4      0

Totals                                          26     5     38     1

Assists – Jaeger 17, Kuper 2, McQuillen 2.

Serving leaders – Kromminga 9-9,

Jaeger 7-7, Luensman 6-6.

Set scores

Monticello                   21   21

Waterloo East             17   18

 

Monticello 2, Central City 0

MONTICELLO                            Kl    Bl    Dg   Ac

Mia Jaeger                                   1      0      5      1

Jayden Kuper                               9      1     5      1

Jordan Fangmann                        0      0      4      0

Madilynn Kromminga                   0      0      2      0

Madison Butterworth                    0      0      3      1

Keziah McQuillen                         2      0     6      2

Abby Sharlow                               4      1      1      0

Jaelyn Aitchison                            0      0      1      0

Lacie Koppes                                4      1      0      0

Lainey Luensman                          0      0      4      2

Reagan Schneiter                         0      0      1      0

Totals                                           24    4     35      7

Assists – Jaeger 20, Kuper 1, Fangmann 1.

Serving leaders – Jaeger 8-8,

Luensman 7-7.

Set scores

Monticello                    21   21

Central City                 11   14

 

Springville 2, Monticello 0

MONTICELLO                            Kl    Bl    Dg    Ac

Mia Jaeger                                   0      0      2      0

Jayden Kuper                             11      0     6      0

Jordan Fangmann                        0      0      3      1

Madilynn Kromminga                    0      0      1      0

Madison Butterworth                    5      0      0      0

Keziah McQuillen                         6      0     6      0

Abby Sharlow                               1      0      0      0

Jaelyn Aitchison                           0      0      4      0

Lacie Koppes                               0      0      0      0

Lainey Luensman                        0      0      6      0

Totals                                         23     0     28     1

Assists – Jaeger 20, Kuper 1.

Serving leaders – Luensman 5-5,

Aitchison 5-5, Kuper 4-4.

Set scores

Monticello                   15   13

Springville                   21   21

 

Quarterfinals

Springville 2, Monticello 0

MONTICELLO                            Kl    Bl    Dg    Ac

Mia Jaeger                                   1      0      0      0

Jayden Kuper                               3      2      3      1

Jordan Fangmann                        0      0      0      0

Madilynn Kromminga                   0      0      1      0

Madison Butterworth                    1      0      1      0

Keziah McQuillen                         3      1     4      1

Abby Sharlow                               2      0      0      0

Jaelyn Aitchison                           0      0      2      1

Lacie Koppes                               0      1      1      0

Lainey Luensman                        0      0      3      0

Mya Hansen                                0      0      0      0

Totals                                         10     4     15     3

Assists – Jaeger 6, Kuper 2, Luensman 1.

Serving leaders – Aitchison 4-4,

Jaeger 3-3, McQuillen 3-3.

Set scores

Monticello                   13     8

Springville                   21   21

 

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