Cascade hosted pool play in the River Valley Conference Oct. 15 and went 2-0 against some solid teams.
The Cougars took care of business at home defeating Durant, (21-8, 21-18) and West Branch (21-15, 21-16).
“As coaches, we were really proud of our team against both Durant and West Branch. We were happy to be able to win each game in two sets. I believe that we played with more confidence which helped with our enthusiasm and energy,” coach Mary Frake said. “Playing strong on defense helped us to also play a stronger offense which led to our wins.
The wins advanced Cascade into the bracket round of play in the RVC Tournament Oct. 17 at home.
Cascade started strong in the quarterfinals with a 21-18, 21-12 win over Bellevue. In the semifinals, Cascade fell victim to West Liberty, 25-21, 25-16.
“Although we were beaten by West Liberty in the semifinals, it was a great game,” Frake said. “They are a great team and I thought we did a lot of things well against them and played right along with them. We did a good job of staying aggressive defensively and we played a well-balanced game. We were all pleased with our effort for the week, and feel we are better today than we were yesterday, which is always our goal.”
The Cougars’ record moves to 22-10 overall.
Cascade’s leaders for the tournament were: serving — Aliyah Weber 35-of-35, Molly McElmeel 30-of-30, Jess Hoffman 24-of-25, Abby Welter 24-of-27, Ally Hoffman 22-of-23, Brooke Denniston 14-of-16; blocks – Welter five, Jess Hoffman and Lilly Trumm four, Ally Hoffman two, Isabelle Fransen and McElmeel one; digs — Jess Hoffman 37, Denniston 32, McElmeel 29, Ally Hoffman 26, Weber 22; kills — Welter 25, Ally Hoffman and McElmeel 19, Trumm 10, Jess Hoffman six; assists — Jess Hoffman 60.