CASCADE - Riding one of the longest volleyball winning streaks the program has seen in nearly a quarter century, Anamosa made their way to Cascade Thursday, Oct. 1, looking to extend a 12-match streak against the talented Cougars.
After the Raiders took the first set, things got extremely difficult as Cascade made life tough on the Anamosa offense the rest of the night as visitors saw their amazing run come to a close with a 25-20, 17-25, 24-26, 16-25 defeat.
“Cascade played phenomenal defense,” said Raider volleyball coach Caitlin McVay, as her team suffered their first setback since way back on Sept. 5, an opening-round loss against Bellevue at Anamosa’s own tournament.
“They made us pull out every trick in our hats. Cascade did such a nice job of reading our hitters and they frustrated us offensively. They forced us to tip and roll often, which allowed them to be in system more often than we were. The girls had to fight for every point.”
Anamosa (17-3, 4-1) got offense from seven different players, and were led by a phenomenal 17-kill performance from Delaney Frater who did all her work on 39 attacks as the team tallied 40 kills in the four-set contest.
“Delaney was our go-to offensive player and Grace had a great defensive night with 32 digs,” McVay said. “Lexi Bright had a great night behind the service line and she gave us a lot of opportunities to be successful with her hard serves.”
Jaiden Neuhaus added seven kills while Ava Claussen-Tubbs also had a big night coming through with six more. Joslin Banowetz chipped in with four kills while Kelsey Scofield tallied three more.
“I am proud of the girls,” McVay said. “That was a tough match and while we weren’t always as aggressive as we could have been, I never felt that the girls didn’t have any fight left.”
Bright was 26-of-27 serving with five going for aces while Kylie Chapman helped Lubben in the back row coming up with 14 digs. Chapman was also being the pulse of the offense with 35 assists to go with a perfect 18-of-18 serving night.
Lubben and Kyra Christensen also helped out in the service game drilling two aces each in the match.
Defensively Frater swatted back three Cougar shots as the team tallied eight blocks in the match.
“The girls are ready for next week’s matches and are excited to get back on the court,” McVay said. “It isn’t fun to lose, but it isn’t the end of the world either. Playing good teams towards the end of the season is good for us and hopefully will help us prepared for the post-season.”