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Women of Troy sweep Dubuque Senior High 3-0

Maddie Fay was in the lineup as the setter Tuesday, Sept. 16, at home as West High met the Rams of Dubuque Senior. Fay had 22 sets, four digs and three kills along with three ace serves in the 3-0 win. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy overhauled the Rams from Dubuque Senior with a 3-0 win Tuesday, Sept. 16, at home while doing a little fine-tuning of their own.
Coach Randy Dolson rolled out a new line-up with some new faces to the varsity squad, new roles for some of the veterans, and an 8-6 record. The Rams entered the contest with a 3-8 record and put up a bit of a challenge. West had a 6-0 lead early in the game with back-to-back kills from senior Laynie Whitehead. Whitehead went on to lead the Women of Troy with nine kills on the night.
A kill from sophomore Ali Tauchen made it 9-4 and a Mikaela Morgan kill made it 13-8. The Rams narrowed the gap to five points (18-13), leading Dolson to take a time-out. West dominated the remainder of the game, winning 25-16.
Whitehead opened the second set with another pair of kills for a 2-0 lead. Down 4-0, the Rams took a time-out to regroup, but West rolled on to an 8-0 lead with a Morgan kill. The Women of Troy led 13-4 at one point and built the lead to 18-6 ahead of a second Rams time-out.
Tauchen put up one of her four kills on the night for a 19-6 advantage. The Rams fought back with a pair of ace serves but Emily Halverson’s game point ended the set at 25-10 for West.
The Rams came out of the chute spoiling for a fight in the third set and earned their first lead of the night with an ace serve to open the game. A Morgan kill tied the game 1-1, but the Dubuque girls soldiered on and alternated between a one-point lead and tying until Halverson scored a point to give the 11-10 lead back to West.
The Women of Troy kept the lead the rest of the way with kills from Tauchen and Halverson, a pair of ace serves from Madi Ford and a point from Maddie Fay to win 25-18.
It was a decisive win, but closer than Dolson had anticipated.
“The third set-playing someone you respect yet know you should probably beat, beating them somewhat easily the first two sets, and then thinking you can take it easy and still win,” Dolson said. He added, “(it’s) an age-old problem in many sports, being mentally tough and sharp, so that is something we will address this week.” The coach also said he was happy and excited as the team moves forward. “Both the team and I know we could have been sharper, but, new line-up. It just needs to be fine-tuned. I think we are in good shape heading into the latter stages of September and look forward to the challenges ahead, and the rest of the season.”
In addition to Whitehead and Tauchen’s kills, Halverson had six, Morgan made five, Norris put up four while Fay had three and Anna Mabry added two. Fay led in ace serves with three, Ford, Whitehead and Tauchen had two each and Morgan scored one. Morgan and Tauchen had 10 digs each while libero Miller made 14.
The Women of Troy head for Des Moines Roosevelt High School on Saturday, Sept. 27, for an invitational tournament and stay on the road with a Tuesday, Sept. 30, trip to Marion for a match with Linn-Mar. The next home match for West is set for Tuesday, Oct. 7, as the Tigers of Cedar Falls visit.