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Spartans score home conference win over Maquoketa, 3-0

Girls earn first win in three tries against CPU

SOLON– It was nip and tuck, but Solon’s varsity volleyball team took care of a pesky Maquoketa squad 3-0 at home Oct. 6.
The Spartans edged by the Cardinals, 25-22, 25-23, 27-25.
“We played good enough to win,” noted Solon Head Coach Jeff Walker. “The girls knew that and brought it up afterward, so they are seeing the level of their play and that they need to raise it.”
Solon responded with three more consecutive wins at a Center Point-Urbana (CPU) tournament Saturday, Oct. 10. The Spartans drubbed North Cedar (21-11, 21-13), outlasted Benton Community (21-10, 18-21, 15-11) and held off the host Stormin’ Pointers (21-18, 22-20). Solon avenged two earlier losses to CPU.
The wins moved the Spartans to 15-16 on the season ahead of WaMaC Conference pool play Oct. 12 at Independence.
The victory over the Maquoketa Cardinals Oct. 6 notched Solon’s first WaMaC East win of the year.
The Spartans played a solid match, with 29 assists for Kylee Flynn and an offense that connected on 43 of 68 kill attempts.
Junior Maddie Manifold led the attack with 12 kills, while sophomore Delaney Bombei added nine and senior Katlyn Jeter eight. Junior Camryn Keith and senior Kennedy Bombei knocked through six and five kills, respectively.
Maquoketa kept it close throughout, with rarely a lead above three points.
Flynn’s ace broke a 19-19 tie in the first game, and an ace by Jeter made it 22-20. A Manifold kill and a Maquoketa error gave Solon the 25-22 victory.
The teams continued blow for blow in game two.
A pair of Manifold kills, a kill and a block for Jeter and a dink by Flynn helped give the Spartans a 13-10 lead and force a time-out by the Cardinals.
But the visitors responded with a run and took a 15-13 lead.
A block, a dink by Delaney Bombei and a Jeter kill put Solon back in charge 16-15.
A Manifold kill made it 24-22, but Maquoketa prevailed on game point, and with the score poised dramatically at 24-23, there was a break in the action as the referees and Coach Walker disagreed about a substitution.
“The libero was going in at that rotation, so when we replaced the player they said I had to sub the other player instead of putting in the libero,” Walker said. “They have the final word.”
It didn’t end up making a difference because Keith put the game away with a kill and the Spartans captured game two, 25-23.
Keith had four of Solon’s 11 blocks. Delaney Bombei added three and Jeter two.
The team ranks up near the top of the conference division in blocks.
“It’s a new year, new coaches, different drills, different ways of doing things,” Walker commented. “The most important (thing) is the girls are buying into what we are trying to do.”
Sophomore Sophia Stahle paced the team with 12 digs, complemented by Flynn with eight.
Flynn also had five aces. The team had 16 total, with at least one for eight different players.
The team built on the momentum over the weekend at Center Point.
Manifold, Jeter and Delaney Bombei continued to take the majority of the swings on offense, but senior Sydney Langenberg had a day to remember from the service line.
Langenberg finished the day with 11 aces and connected with every one of her attempts (29-29).
Flynn had 15 assists and Solon’s frontcourt made kills on 23 of 32 attempts in the 2-0 win over North Cedar. Jeter had nine kills, with Manifold and Delaney Bombei each adding five.
Langenberg led the defense with nine digs, and Delaney Bombei had both of the team’s blocks.
In the 2-1 victory over Benton Community’s Bobcats, Flynn had 21 assists, 14 digs and was 8-8 from the service stripe. Kenedy Bombei was 13-15 with four aces.
Delaney Bomebi blocked three Bobcat kill attempts; Keith two.
In the 2-0 win over CPU, the Spartans missed one serve out of 32 attempts. Both Langenberg and Flynn were a perfect 10-10.
Flynn added 15 dig and 15 assists.
Jeter and Manifold had eight kills each, while Delaney Bombei added six and Keith four.
Solon begins the postseason on the road Monday, Oct. 19, in a Class 3A Region 7 quarterfinal against the Mount Vernon Mustangs with a 7 p.m. start.