Abundance of experience; Trojans spikers to rely on nine letter winners
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:07 AM
The Turkey Valley volleyball team will be looking to escape its rut.
Members of the Turkey Valley varsity volleyball team are, from left, front row - Stephanie Martin, Kayla Schaufenbuel, Kennedy Balk. Back row - Ashley Kurash, Sarah Stahley, Josie Einwalter, Andrea Baumler, Taylor Novotny, Nicole Meirick, Johanna Blazek. Absent was Arianna Rausch. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
The Trojans have seen their season end in the third round of district play the past three years. This yeat, they’d like to make it all the way to the state tournament.
Pushing the girls to accomplish their goals are Head Coach Tammy Vrzak. She has 10 years experience as the lead instructor and 23 overall. She will be assisted by Jackie Novotny, who has 19 years of experience, and Casey Bouska as a junior high coach.
The Trojans of 2013 relied on seven letter winners to push for a top spot in the league.
Utilizing a large crop of juniors and sophomores, the Trojans finished 7-6 in the Upper Iowa Conference, taking third overall. At the UIC meet, the Trojans fell to Starmont 1-2, North Fayette Valley 1-2 and defeated Clayton Ridge 2-0.
That pushed the Trojans into the Class 1A playoffs. First up was Riceville. The Wildcats were no match for the Trojans, with TV winning 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-7). Next was Kee in the quarterfinals. Using a strong effort at the service line, the Trojans defeated the Kee Hawks 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-23).
Standing in Turkey Valley’s way of the finals was No. 7-ranked Tripoli. The Panthers had ended Turkey Valley’s season the previous two years. History repeated itself as Tripoli went on to win 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-18).
Turkey Valley ended the year 20-14.
As a team, the Trojans served 1,691-for-1,777 for a .952 serving efficiency. They led the conference in that statistic. They also had 163 aces. They provided 811 kills on 2,428 attack attempts, with 702 assists, 1,020 digs and 237 total blocks (167 solo, 170 assisted).
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