Cascade’s volleyball team came up big with a 3-0 regional quarterfinal victory over Maquoketa Valley, Oct. 28 at home.
The Cougars swept the match, 25-19, 25-23, 25-14, and advanced to the regional semifinals against West Branch Oct. 31 at home (see story on page 7A).
With their now 23-10 record, the Cougars kept the same ferocity they have had all season and used it to their advantage.
“I thought that our hitters did a great job with their aggressive shots tonight,” Cascade coach Mary Frake said.
“We had a balanced attack overall. During the beginning of sets one and two, we seemed to play more timid and had more mistakes than we are used to, and we attribute that to nerves taking over during the postseason.
“Defensively, I felt that we gave a great effort and that our passing became stronger as well.
“Maquoketa Valley played a great game and to their credit, I felt they served the ball really well. They are a good team and did challenge us on a variety of levels,” she added.
Cascade’s leaders were: serving — Jess Hoffman 17-of-17, Brooke Denniston 15-of-16, Ally Hoffman 14-of-14, Molly McElmeel 11-of-11, Aliyah Weber 8-of-10, Abby Welter 6-of-7; blocks — Lilly Trumm two; kills — McElmeel 12, Ally Hoffman 11, Welter 10, Trumm 6, Isabelle Fransen and Jess Hoffman one; digs — Denniston and Ally Hoffman 16, Jess Hoffman 13, McElmeel nine, Weber eight, Welter six, Fransen two; assists — Jess Hoffman 36.