In a recent match, Mara Holland snares a dig as Amelia Dugger (3) and Annika Franzen (5) watch and prepare for a play. Tuesday, Holland provided 37 assists, 15 digs, six kills and was 22-for-22 at the serving line. (Photo by Becky Walz)
In a recent match, Mara Holland snares a dig as Amelia Dugger (3) and Annika Franzen (5) watch and prepare for a play. Tuesday, Holland provided 37 assists, 15 digs, six kills and was 22-for-22 at the serving line. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The Decorah volleyball team (5-2, 2-0 NEIC) remains undefeated early in the season, after defeating Charles City (6-5, 1-1 NEIC) Tuesday night on the road, 3-2. It marks the first program win for the Vikes since 2006.

Set scores were 25-16, 22-25, 25-19, 25-18 and 15-11.

“Wow, what a match! I told the girls it would’ve been a great one to watch if you weren’t invested in the outcome! We played well. The energy level was high, on the floor and on the bench and that helped immensely,” said Coach Gina Holthaus. “We still had some mental breaks last night, but they were fewer and farther between and we overcame them quicker.”

As a squad, the Vikes had 57 kills, 179 attack attempts and 18 total blocks. From the service line, they went 89-for-104, with three aces. They also produced 53 assists and 105 digs.

Individually, Mara Holland served 22-for-22 with one ace, to go with 37 assists and six kills. Emma Nierengarten pounded 14 kills on 33 attack attempts with seven solo and assisted blocks. Avery Shelton hammered out 13 kills and grabbed 17 digs to go with a 11-for-14 serving effort. Abby Milburn provided 10 kills, while Cassie Wyatt handed out 13 assists.

Emma Johnson broke her own school record with 29 digs for the night while going 21-for-21 at the serving line. Contributing another 17 digs was Kallie Mincks.

The Vikes will celebrate their seniors tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 17, as they host Independence. Decorah is at the Waterloo West tournament Saturday. Tuesday, Sept. 22, Decorah has a home NEIC match versus New Hampton.