It took just three sets for the Decorah volleyball team (6-3, 1-0 NEIC) to pick up its first league win Tuesday night at home over Crestwood (2-4, 0-1 NEIC). The Vikes defeated the Cadets in a trio of close sets — 25-23, 25-22 and 25-21.
“Maddy (Fromm) and Dylin (Thompson) moved the ball around really well which means for the most part our passing was good and our setters kept their blocks guessing. We are getting there as far as blocking and we were able to get our hands on a lot more attacks,” said Coach Gina Holthaus. “We also continued to serve aggressively and had 13 ace serves on the night. Cresco was incredibly scrappy and they refused to let the ball hit the floor without a lot of effort, I give them a lot of credit for the number of balls they returned to us after a huge defensive play.”
As a team, Decorah connected for 41 kills on 104 attack attempts with 39 assists, 50 digs, six total blocks, nine aces and a served 65-for-73.
Sophomore Kelby Kerndt led the way with eight kills, with Olivia Christopher and Leah Holland each hammering down seven. Holland also went 12-for-12 in serving with an ace and had four digs. Maddy Fromm dished out 19 assists to go with seven digs, six kills and a serving performance of 11-for-12 with four aces. Dylin Thompson provided another 16 assists and was 9-for-9 at the service line. Defensively, it was Ellie Rolfs coming up with a team-high 11 digs, while Sara Johanningmeier had seven.
Stats vs. Crestwood
Kills – Kelby Kerndt 8; Olivia Christopher 7; Leah Holland 7; McKinley Massman 6; Brooklyn Fromm 6; Maddy Fromm 6; Dylin Thompson 1
Assists – M. Fromm 19; Thompson 16; Ellie Rolfs 3; Massman 1
Blocks (assist-solo) – B. Fromm (1-2); Kerndt (1-1); Holland (1-0)
Digs – Rolfs 11; Sara Johanningmeier 7; M. Fromm 7; Thompson 6; Kerndt 5; Massman 4; Holland 4; Christopher 3; B. Fromm 2; Lydia Frank 1
Serving (success/attempts) – Rolfs (8-10); Massman (13-15); Holland (12-12); Frank (4-5); Thompson (9-9); Johanningmeier (8-10); M. Fromm (11-12)
Aces – M. Fromm 4; Rolfs 1; Massman 1; Holland 1; Frank 1; Thompson 1