FAIRBANK — Wapsie Valley volleyball dropped the first two sets at home Tuesday night against Jesup, but rallied to win the last three and take the match.
The Class 2A No. 10-ranked J-Hawks won the first two sets 26-24 and 25-18.
The Class 1A, No. 2-ranked Warriors won the final three 25-12, 25-12, 15-11).
“The girls did an amazing job, coming back from being down two games,” said Wapsie Valley head coach Heather Robinson. “We have really focused on ‘competing’ and they finally found what competing meant in games 3-5!”
Wapsie Valley improved to 8-1 for the season and Jesup fell to 10-3. The J-Hawks are now 0-2 in the North Iowa Cedar League-East, while the Warriors are 3-0.
“This was such a great learning experience for our girls,” Robinson said. “It shows them that they can do it, even in the hardest of moments. They have to dig deep and trust each other.”
Over the five games Wapsie Valley sophomore Sydney Matthias led the Warriors with 41 assists and sophomore Hannah Knight led with 16 of the team’s 44 kills.
Defensively, junior Lydia Imbrogno led with 35 of the team’s 94 digs and sophomore Kalvyn Rosengarten had seven of the team’s 16 blocks.
The Warriors served at a 93.5% efficiency rate, landing 100 of 107 serves. Imbrogno had four aces and junior Becca Platte, who had the most successful serves at 22, had three aces.
Wapsie Valley will travel to the Waterloo West Eileen Beninga Tournament on Saturday, with action scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. They are scheduled to face North Tama (5-7), Waterloo East (1-7) and Waterloo West (2-4).