McKenna Gehl led the team with four aces as Cascade’s volleyball team beat Tipton in three straight sets on their home court (25-12, 25-17, 25-21), Oct. 8.

“We were able to play at Tipton and take part in their Jen Johnson Memorial Scholarship fundraising night dedicated in remembrance of Jen, who was an assistant coach at Tipton and passed away this past summer. It was a purple out and the gym had a lot of purple in it from both teams so it was nice to be a part of it,” coach Mary Frake said.

The Cougars came out on fire winning the first set easily, 25-12. Maggie McDermott and Ally Hoffman were the Cougar’s kill leaders, with nine. Leading the team in assists was Megan Smith with 20.

“In terms of our game, I felt that during our first set we got off to a great start. We played well defensively and served the ball really well. We were able to keep Tipton out of system quite a bit which benefitted us. During the second set, I felt as though we let our guard down a little bit and didn’t play as good of a defense that we are capable of. We needed to make some adjustments to the way we were playing in terms of blocking and defensive positioning. That seemed to help us. Tipton was very aggressive during sets two and three which led to the set scores being closer than the first one.” said Frake.

Hoffman contributed on defense leading the team with 13 of their 50 digs. Corinne Rea, Gehl and Hoffman had one block, Brooke Denniston and Smith 11 and nine digs.

After the match Frake said, “We were excited to finish our regular conference season with a win. We had a successful conference season with a 7-1 record. This week we will be prepping to play in the conference tournament at Wilton Thursday night. Next week we travel to Hudson on the 21st to begin regional play.”

Individual leaders on offense: assists — Smith 20, Sydney Weber and Elizabeth Gibbs two, Denniston one; kills — Hoffman and McDermott nine, Rea six, Gehl five, Smith and Sydney Weber one. Defensive leaders: digs — Hoffman 13, Denniston 11, Smith nine, Gibbs five, Alyssa Lux, Weber and Rea three, Gehl two and McDermott one; blocks — Hoffman, Gehl and Rea one.