By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
SOLON– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball coach Brian Bronzynski has a warning for the rest of the WaMaC teams regarding the Solon Spartans.
“I really believe they are potentially a better team than last year.”
The 2012 Spartans had a 35-5-0 record and made it to the state tournament, falling in the Class 4A Championship to Charles City. Last Thursday, Aug. 29, they opened the 2013 campaign by sweeping the Clippers, 3-0.
“Solon did a great job of not letting us get into our offensive systems,” the coach said. Offensively, CCA had only a dozen kills with sophomore Alyssa Weldon accounting for five of them. Hanna Stokes (junior), Ashley Prusha (sophomore) and Natalie Brimeyer (junior) had two each while junior McKenzie Fuller scored one. Weldon went 7-7 in serves, Fuller was 6-6, Brimeyer went 4-5 with an ace and Megan Beckler (sophomore) was 4-4 with an ace.
For the Clippers, the match was something of a shakedown cruise. “We are going to be a very good team,” Bronzynski said. “But we have to learn more about how our roles all fit together.” He added the Grinnell Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 31, would help the squad define those roles.
The Clippers won the tournament with 2-0 wins over Grinnell, Centerville and Saydel in pool play before defeating Iowa Valley 2-0 in the semis, and ultimately downing West Liberty 2-0 in the finals. The Creek girls are at home Thursday evening, Sept. 5, as Independence comes to visit, and are on the road Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Center Point-Urbana.