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Lady Spartans move to 16-1

SOLON– The Lady Spartans have become an efficient volleyball machine.
Solon ranks high in Class 3A in kills, kill efficiency, serving success and serving efficiency.
Last week was a light one for the Solon varsity volleyball squad, but the rest of September has been busy.
The Lady Spartans dusted off Western Dubuque last Tuesday, 25-7, 25-18, 25-15 to move to 16-1 on the season, their sole loss coming at the hands of No. 10 4A Dubuque Hempstead at the Linn-Mar tournament Sept. 10.
“We played back-to-back three-game sets with Marion (No. 12 in 3A) and Cedar Rapids Prairie, and that left us a little tired and flat against Hempstead,” noted Head Coach Kurt Trout.
Solon also defeated Iowa City Regina and Springville at the same tournament.
But Solon is 5-0 in the WaMaC, which features six ranked 3A teams, and the Lady Spartans moved up a notch and are now ranked No. 5 in Class 3A.
Back on Sept. 9, Solon put away a pesky Dyersville Beckman team, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23, then hit the road later in the week for a showdown with then eighth-ranked Williamsburg.
Solon took down Williamsburg in four games, 25-18, 25-15, 18-25, 25-23.
“We came out very fast, attacking and serving tough, but lost focus, before rallying to win in four,” Trout observed. “We were able to keep Williamsburg’s big hitter, Mackenzie Bigby, in check for games one and two, but she recorded 16 of her 22 kills in games three and four.”
Another challenge will rear its head Tuesday (after the publication of this edition) when Solon travels to No. 13 Central DeWitt. Later in the week is the Lady Spartans’ final home game, against Anamosa on senior night Thursday (Sept. 22).