Coming together as a squad the Turkey Valley volleyball team (16-6) swept the competition at the Riceville tournament Saturday to claim the team title.

“We had a fairly good day as a team. We went in this believing that we were the team to beat, but that means you are going to get everyone’s best,” said Coach Ethan Adams.

The Trojans handled Postville (0-12) first in two sets, 21-14 and 21-7, followed by defeating the host team, Riceville, 21-16 and 21-12. In match three of the day, TV needed three sets to secure the win over Kee High (3-8). Set scores were 21-9, 20-22 and 15-11.

“We took care of Kee in the first and I was moving players around all day. This tournament gives me the opportunity to get everyone a lot of touches. The second set saw us get caught up in some things we couldn’t control. I believe that things on the court should have been called quite a bit more strictly, but we let that get to us in the second set. We were able to collect our energy and focus it on the third set win,” said Coach Adams. 

Clarksville was much of the same, with TV missing some key bodies on the floor, combined with a new and different rotation; however, the Red and White were able to close out the day with a 2-1 victory over Clarksville to win the round robin tournament. Set scores were 21-10, 24-26 and 15-11.

1,000 assist

In addition to the team championship, Josie Weber recorded her 1,000 assist Saturday.

“Only a junior, Josie worked her way into a starting role as a freshman and hasn’t looked back. She played in a 6-2 as a freshman, recording 112 assists, a 5-1 for most of her sophomore season, 476 assists, and has led our team with 423 assists so far this season,” said Coach Adams. “Josie is an all-around example of a great student-athlete. She is positive and fun, and wants the best for her team at all times. She is almost always the last one in our gym, and never leaves without thanking our coaching staff. That last bit is something I noticed when I coached her as a seventh grader, and I’ve never seen that gratitude waiver. Josie has benefitted from some great passers and hitters along the way. We have a great group this year on both sides of that coin with a good crew of defensive specialists and Ali Hoffert leading our hitters and ranking top 5 in the state in kills, kills per set and kill efficiency in Class 1A. I’m humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to work with these young women and to see them accomplish the goals they set for themselves.”

This week

Turkey Valley will have two final home matches this week before beginning the postseason next week. Tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 13, Kee High will visit Jackson Junction, followed by Central Elkader coming to the Trojans’ court Thursday, Oct. 15. Both varsity contests are slated to begin at approximately 7:30 p.m.