The Lady Vikes concluded their season with a 19-12 overall record in the regional competition against No. 2 Waverly-Shell Rock Thursday night. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Wyatt/Decorah Volleyball Facebook Page)
The Lady Vikes concluded their season with a 19-12 overall record in the regional competition against No. 2 Waverly-Shell Rock Thursday night. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Wyatt/Decorah Volleyball Facebook Page)

Facing No. 2 Waverly-Shell Rock for the third time in a week, the Decorah volleyball team closed out the 2020 season, falling 3-0. Set scores were 10-25, 18-25 and 19-25.

The Vikes were on the road Thursday night in Waverly, ending the season with a 19-12 overall record. The Go-Hawks (38-8) move on to face No. 10 Gilbert (25-9) Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Waverly.

“It is always difficult to see the season come to an end, but this year more than others we need to be grateful and celebrate that we were able to play a full season,” said Coach Gina Holthaus. “So many great things happened this season in a time when we needed something positive. Special thanks to a great group of young ladies who worked hard, did what was needed to stay healthy and had a lot of fun along the way. Thanks to administration, school board and public health for your efforts in the guidelines to safely play.”

The Vikes produced 15 kills on 110 attack attempts. Serving the ball, Decorah went 44-for-49 in addition to 15 assists, 13 total blocks and 69 digs.

Annika Franzen produced four kills and provided two solo blocks. Amelia Dugger had three kills, three digs and was 3-for-3 at the serving lie. Senior Emma Nierengarten also had three kills to go with four solo blocks. Abigail Milburn finished the game three kills, six digs and a block. Putting up 13 assists and 10 digs was Mara Holland, while serving 7-for-9. Emma Johnson served 8-for-8 and made a team-high 25 digs, while Kallie Mincks had nine digs with her 8-for-8 serving effort. 

“Every group of seniors has a special place, and this group is no different. We wish them the best as they continue their senior year, they will absolutely be missed next fall,” concluded Coach Holthaus.

Decorah graduates seniors Emma Johnson, Isabel Ihde, Lydia Ihde, Emma Nierengarten, Ella Kittelson, Abigail Milburn, Avery Shelton and Cassie Wyatt. They return varsity experience from Kallie Mincks, Amelia Dugger, Mara Holland, Chloe Reiser and Annika Franzen.