Cascade brought home a big win from the Midland Tournament after going a perfect 6-0 for the day to clinch the title Sept. 7.
“Six wins on the day is a great accomplishment for any team,” coach Mary Frake said. “Being at tournaments and finding the focus that a team needs to have can be difficult. Our team had a couple of moments throughout the day where we were a little slower than what we are capable of but the girls did a great job of coming together to push through.”
The Cougars swept their way through pool play with wins over Iowa City West, 19-21, 21-12, 15-4; Springville, 21-12, 21-16; Bellevue Marquette, 21-10, 21-8; and Calamus-Wheatland, 21-17, 21-8.
With a perfect, 4-0 record, Cascade headed to the bracket round where the Cougars defeated Central Elkader, 21-15, 21-18.
The championship game was a battle to the finish with rival Monticello. The Panthers took game one, 21-19, but the Cougars came back to win the next two, 21-11, 17-15 to earn the tournament title.
“Our championship game against Monticello was a great game all around that went down to the wire. We as a team stepped up to the competition and played with the confidence that we needed,” Frake said.
With a solid tournament win in the books and a 10-2 overall record, the Cougars are poised for a great season.
“Our goals for the season are to continually get better at communication and teamwork (playing as a team). As we are starting our season, I see our team getting better and better with each match that we play,” Frake said.
“We had a great week all around last week winning our conference opener and then competing and playing well on Saturday at Midland.
“I am super proud of the girls and the success that they had last week,” she concluded.
Cascade’s statistical leaders were: kills — Abby Welter 37, Ally Hoffman 28, Molly McElmeel 22, Jess Hoffman 13, Isabelle Fransen 12 and Lilly Trumm 11; assists — Jess Hoffman 101; digs — Jess Hoffman and McElmeel 34, Brooke Denniston 32, Ally Hoffman 30, Weber 32, Welter 12 and Fransen five; serving — Denniston 26-of-28, Ally Hoffman 43-of-46, Jess Hoffman 37-of-40, McElmeel 59-of-62, Weber 33-of-35 and Welter 36-of-46; aces — McElmeel 10, Welter eight, Jess Hoffman six, Ally Hoffman five, Weber four and Denniston three.