2A No. 14 Nodaway Valley overcoming early challenges | Sports activities
(Greenfield) — The Nodaway Valley volleyball group has been examined early and sometimes on their technique to an 8-3 begin.
The 2A No. 14 Wolverines performed 11 matches in a nine-day span to begin the season.
“We’re kinda stepping into the swing of issues and our regular routine,” Coach Allison Kiburz stated. “We normally begin our schedule fairly top-heavy, then lay off a bit bit. I feel the women are stepping into their regular rotation and getting snug.”
The Wolverines have accrued victories over Colfax-Mingo, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Baxter, AHSTW, Griswold, Tri-Middle, West Central Valley and Shenandoah. Their three losses occurred by the hands of Winterset, Southeast Warren and Tri-Middle. Kiburz feels the challenges her group has confronted early this season has contributed to their toughness.
“We’re a tricky program this 12 months,” she stated. “We’ve performed quite a lot of powerful competitors up to now. There hasn’t been a single match the place I might say was a straightforward match. We have needed to combat.”
The Wolverines are led by the gifted trio of Maddax Devault, Corrine Bond and Lexi Shike. Bond has led the best way with 4 kills per set whereas transitioning to an outdoor hitter.
“She’s so arduous to defend,” Kiburz stated. “When she’s on, she’s on.”
Devault is contributing 2.3 kills per set and has been a presence within the again row defensively with 3.6 kills per set.
“Maddax is simply tremendous constant,” Kiburz stated. “She makes unbelievable performs, simply diving within the again row and with the ability to cowl these open areas.”
Shike has been a four-year starter for the Wolverines and is presently averaging 1.2 kills and 6.2 assists per set.
“She’s actually come into the function of with the ability to direct the group,” Kiburz stated.
Natalie Yonker has additionally been a four-year starter on the libero place whereas Whitney Lamb, Kennedy Parkey, Lindsey Davis and Erin Rhoads have been staples, too.
The Wolverines had been a regional finalist final 12 months and returned lots of the key items from final 12 months’s group. Kiburz says final 12 months’s successes have motivated her group.
“That put some excessive expectations for us into this season,” she stated. “However you must play and win the objective at hand. It is sort of arduous to not have these targets at hand as a result of we do, however we notice we now have to win the video games we’re enjoying first. I do assume making the regional closing actually helped us enhance the depth of our program.”
Nodaway Valley’s hectic begin to the season continues this week with a Tuesday contest towards Mount Ayr, adopted by the Perry Match Thursday.
The entire interview with Coach Kiburz might be heard under.