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Brooke Denniston passes to the front row against Hudson.

As Cascade’s volleyball season went on, the building of trust with one another was evident throughout the team and the Cougars finished in second place in the River Valley North Division with a 17-8 record.

After losing a large number of seniors from last year’s RVC championship team, coach Mary Frake knew that for this team to have success it would have to rely on its two returning starters to lead by example.

“Our two seniors this year were pretty special. Brooke Denniston has been a three-year starter for us and this was Sydney Weber’s first year as a starter. Both of them brought a positive, hard-working mindset to the team. Together they did a good job of being leaders for our team.

“This was tough as we didn’t have lots of opportunities to play competitively together (we were only allowed one scrimmage with one team) before our regular season starting. I also felt that our team chemistry improved as the weeks went by as well. This group continued to get better at competing each week and I saw each of them get better individually bringing a variety of strengths to this team.” said coach Frake

Not knowing how the season would turn out with COVID-19 and having a young team, Frake was very pleased with the outcome and how the team gelled throughout the season getting better each week. “I would say that we were pleased with how our season went this year.

There were a lot of unknowns going into this season and with not having time together this summer to compete and figure things out, it was somewhat of a challenge. We felt that the girls did a great job of getting right to work with the limited time we had together. The girls worked hard and stayed positive throughout everything and all of the changes they had to get used to with COVID-19. I am very proud of the volleyball team this year. It was such a fun group to be a part of. They were a great group to coach and be around. These girls worked hard to stay healthy so they could continue to have a season. They were open to changes and adjustments along the way. It was a pleasure being able to be their coach this season. I am thankful for Sydney and Brooke and wish them much success in life.”

Defensively, Denniston led the team in digs with 285. Freshman Maggie McDermott led with 14 blocks. On offense, junior Megan Smith led the team in assists with 507. Junior Ally Hoffman was the team leader in kills with 206 and junior McKenna Gehl the leader in aces with 40.

Looking forward to the 2021 season coach Frake expects her team to be competitive. “We will wait and see what opportunities we have next summer and build on who we have on our team.” said Frake

Cascade’s statistical leaders were: kills — Hoffman 206, Gehl 124, Corinne Rea 121, McDermott 65, Weber 54 and Smith 24; assists — Smith 507, Weber 25; blocks — McDermott 14, Gehl 13, Rea 11, Hoffman 10; digs — Denniston 285, Hoffman 214, Smith 192, Elizabeth Gibbs 145, Alyssa Lux 109, Gehl 68, Weber 41 and Rea 37; ace serves — Gehl 40, Denniston 32, Hoffman 28, Smith 27, Weber 20, Rea 18, Julia Ludwig seven, Ayda DeLaRosa four, Brianna Koppes two and Margo Rausch one; serving percentage (at least 20 games) — Hoffman 93.8 (244-of-250), Weber 89.5 (214-of-239), Smith 88.6 (179-of-202), Denniston 88.2 (180-of-204), Rea 87.2 (163-of-187), Gehl 82.5 (198-of-240); serving percentage (less than 20 games) — DeLaRosa 96.6 (28-of-29), Brianna Koppes 90.0 (18-of-20) and Ludwig 87.9 (29-of-33).