Senior Rory Kuennen receives a serve in game four of the Trojans’ 3-1 win over NFV Tuesday night as Clare Courtney looks on. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Senior Rory Kuennen receives a serve in game four of the Trojans’ 3-1 win over NFV Tuesday night as Clare Courtney looks on. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The Turkey Valley volleyball team (3-1, 1-0 UIC) traveled to West Union to open Upper Iowa Conference play versus North Fayette Valley Tuesday night, winning 3-1. 

“We played fairly well but need to keep focusing on fundamentals and keeping as consistent an attitude as possible. We need to stay within ourselves and play our game more and more. This was a great start to the conference season,” said Coach Ethan Adams.

Out of the gate, the Trojan offense was powerful in set one as Josie Weber served out to a 7-1 lead as NFV struggled to accept the serve-receive and dominated the first set through the 25-8 final. TV was perhaps a little too confident rolling into set two, allowing the TigerHawks to regroup and take the lead to 24-17, before J. Weber once again rolled at the service line to even the score 24-24; however, NFV finished the set to win 26-24. The Red and White were back in control in sets three and four, taking them 25-14 and 25-12 for the match win.

“I think we came down a little hard from that and credit to NFV for a well-played second set. We got some momentum back late in that set and didn’t let up after that,” explained Coach Adams.

Ali Hoffert had the best all-around game with 11 kills, 13 digs, four total blocks and going 12-for-12 in serving with a pair of aces. Kourtney Schmidt added five kills, while Kylie Wurzer and Sophia Adams hammered down four apiece. Setter Josie Weber dished out 25 assists, had 12 digs and was 11-for-12 serving with two aces. 

Turkey Valley will have a week layover between competitions as it won’t return to the court until Tuesday, Sept. 22, when the Trojans host West Central.