Viking sophomore Chloe Reiser looks for the kill around a pair of Go-Hawk blockers. Tuesday night, Reiser provided six kills, 17 digs and served 7-for-7. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Viking sophomore Chloe Reiser looks for the kill around a pair of Go-Hawk blockers. Tuesday night, Reiser provided six kills, 17 digs and served 7-for-7. (Photo by Becky Walz)

It was a highly-contested match between the Decorah volleyball team (15-8, 5-1 NEIC) and Class 4A No. 6 Waverly-Shell Rock (31-8, 6-0 NEIC) at home Tuesday night. Falling 3-0, Decorah finished the regular season of the Northeast Iowa Conference in second place behind the Go-Hawks for the Vikings’ best finish since 2007. Set scores were 22-25, 23-25 and 14-25. 

 “This was a very competitive match to watch. Both teams hit well and dug well and there were some long rallies. I can’t fault our girls’ effort at all; they have worked hard all year to put themselves into a great spot to challenge for the NEIC title,” said Coach Gina Holthaus. “We had a great game plan and the girls executed it well. We simply came up short to a good team. Emma (Johnson), Kallie (Mincks) and Chloe (Reiser) dug the ball very well and gave our hitters lots of opportunities. I just can’t say enough about this group, the hard work they have put in, the adherence to team rules, following guidelines to stay healthy and the great attitudes that they have are just fantastic.” 

As a squad, Decorah pounded out 27 kills in 108 attack attempts, had 27 assists, 71 digs, 15 total blocks and served 57-for-60 with three aces.

Emma Nierengarten was strong at the net for the Vikings with a team high seven kills and five solo blocks. With an all-around game was Chloe Reiser providing six kills, 17 digs and serving 7-for-7. Emma Johnson contributed 26 digs and was 13-for-14 at the service line, while Kallie Mincks had 13 digs and served 14-for-15 with two aces. Dishing out 20 assists with three kills and serving 8-for-9 was Mara Holland, while Cassie Wyatt handed out six assists and served 10-for-10.

In addition to showcasing a pair of talented squads, the teams came together to help raise awareness to mental health, providing information to the public.

Decorah will see action at the NEIC tournament as the first three rounds take place at Thursday, Oct. 15, at New Hampton at 5 p.m. The final rounds of the conference tournament will take place Saturday, Oct. 17, at Oelwein at 9 a.m.

The road to state begins for the Vikings Tuesday, Oct. 20, at home versus Mason City at 7 p.m.