Seventh-ranked Camanche puts end to Monti's season

Panther volleyball players (from left) DeLainy Fellinger, Jaelynn Kraus and Mallory Steiner await a Camanche serve during the regional quarterfinal match Oct. 17 at Camanche. (Photos courtesy of Jaxon White, Camanche High School)

Jordan Kuper of Monticello tips the ball past a Camanche player Oct. 17.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     Monticello’s volleyball team had high hopes of finishing what it had started when it met Camanche for the second time this season, in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A, Region 8 Volleyball tournament.

     Back on Sept. 27, the Panthers had taken the Indians to a fourth set before losing. The thought was that if Monticello could win one set against Camanche, why couldn’t it win three?

     But it wasn’t to be. The Panthers lost 22-25, 18-25, 16-25 to the seventh-ranked Indians Oct. 17, ending Monticello’s season.

     The Panthers were right with Camanche in the first set, playing to a 20-20 tie before the hosts inched away.

     “We started off playing really well,” Monticello coach Stacie Breitbach said. “But they just have a lot of firepower.”

     Camanche hitters displayed that, as Madilynn Parson had 16 kills and Tarah Wehde contributed 10 for the Indians.

     Monticello had strong performances of its own. Jordan Kuper led the way with 16 kills and 10 digs.

     “Jordan has been a leader all season for us,” Breitbach said.              

      Beka Prull added six kills, and Jaelynn Kraus had five. Tori McDonald posted 16 assists, and Mallory Steiner had eight assists and seven digs. Lainey Fellinger served 16-for-16.

     It was the final match for seniors Clara Finger, Marissa McNally, Jordan Lorenzen, Kenna Melchert, Megan James, and Kraus.

     “I really didn’t get to know most of them until this year,” Breitbach said. “They are hard-working, smart, sweet, fun kids.”

     The Panthers will also return several athletes next year who saw plenty of playing time.

     “As hard as they played, and with the good that came out of it, there are better things ahead,” the coach said. “The experience they gained will take them far.”

     Monticello finished the season with a record of 12-22, including 2-9 in the River Valley Conference.


Oct. 17

Class 3A, Region 8


(at Camanche)

Camanche 3, Monticello 0

MONTICELLO                            Kl    Bl    Dg   Ac

Jaelynn Kraus                              5      0      2      1

Tori McDonald                              1      1      3      0

Jordan Kuper                              16      2    10      0

Carly Hayen                                 1      0      0      0

Beka Prull                                    6      0      4      1

Mallory Steiner                             0      0      7      0

Lainey Fellinger                            0      0      5      1

Clara Finger                                 0      0      4      0

Marissa McNally                           0      1      1      0

Jordan Lorenzen                          1      0      0      0

Leah Holub                                   0      0      0      0

Totals                                          30     4     36     3

Assists – McDonald 16, Steiner 8, Kuper 1,

Fellinger 1.

Serving leaders – Fellinger 16-16, Prull


Set scores

Monticello                   22   18   16

Camanche                  25   25   25



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