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Lady Warriors rout Regents in three

October 4, 2018
By Thorn Compton - Times-Republican , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT - The Meskwaki volleyball team had one last chance to show out in front of its home crowd on Thursday, and it took advantage of the opportunity with its biggest sweep of the year.

The Warriors put it on Waterloo Christian for a straight-set sweep, 25-15, 25-16, 25-6, the first non-tournament sweep of the year for Meskwaki.

Head coach Sarah Murphy said her girls finally carried the momentum they've shown early in matches through the entire contest in the win over the Regents.

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Meskwaki Settlement School’s Danielle Seymour (left) and Tori Lasley (right) high five following a point on Thursday, September 27. It was Senior Night for The Lady Warriors. They handily beat the Waterloo Christian Regents 3-0.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham

"This is the type of game that we have been preparing for and talking about and really working on our abilities to stay mentally locked into a game, and it's really nice to see that come about tonight," Murphy said. "Big win for us and the kids had a blast."

No one came up bigger than senior Tori Lasley, who was a dominating force in her final home match. Lasley had 13 kills on 19 attack attempts, and she finished with two solo blocks and four aces.

After the match she said nearly every time she touched the ball she felt like it was going to be a point.

"I could hit anything today and it was just going down," she said with a smile. "It was good because most of my family was here and all that. That's all that really matters to be honest."

Lasley wasn't the only effective player for the Warriors (6-16), however, as Payton Tahahwah and Danielle Seymour each had three kills. Seymour also led the way in aces with six, while Marley Whitefish matched Lasley with four aces.

"What I really liked about tonight is Tori had another fantastic game but we were really able to get some other attackers in the loop," Murphy said. "Abby Iron Shell had a good, aggressive night. Danielle Seymour, everything she touched turned to gold, it was awesome. Leticia Garcia had some good hits in there, even my junior Payton Tahahwah did a good job. I love it when we can mix it up a little bit more, not rely on Tori so much and give those other kids some good swings."

In the first two sets the Warriors dominated the pace but the Regents (0-14) were able to hang around a little. There was none of that in the final set, however, as Meskwaki rolled to a 9-0 start before the first Waterloo Christian timeout, thanks in part to some great service and setting by Whitefish.

"We talked a lot about cleaning up our first touch," Murphy said of the change in the third set. "A lot of our struggles tonight came from not getting our setter Marley a clean look at the very first ball. We talked about that and got it done, which ultimately led to a lot more kills."

As a team Meskwaki had 20 total aces and 11 service errors, sending many balls over the net that the Regents just couldn't handle.

"It makes the missed serves a little easier to swallow when you have so many aces on the night," Murphy said. "They were serving really well."

The Warriors entered the week with just four wins on the season but now have victories in two of the last three matches, the lone loss coming to Class 1A No. 6 North Tama.

"We played that triangular on Tuesday, beat Valley Lutheran for a good win there and played a really tough North Tama team, but honestly we looked pretty good against them," Murphy said. "This is three games in a row now that we feel good about, rolling into Colo next week we'd love to get a win."

There's not many better ways to send the seniors on the team out than with such a dominant showing, and Murphy said it was a poetic end to their time playing in their home gym.

"It was exactly what they deserved. They have worked really hard and have had a long, tough career," she said. "We've had a good senior year for them but I feel like they got the send off they deserved. They worked together, had fun and put on a good show."

The road isn't over for the Warriors yet, as they still have a road Iowa Star Conference South Division matchup against Colo-NESCO on Tuesday, which should also be right about when they learn who their first-round regional match will be against.

Lasley said she is ready to finish strong against the Royals and turn her eyes to the postseason.

"I just want to beat them in three and get it over with," Lasley said.

 
 
 

 

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