Waukon volleyball team defeats Riceville and Turkey Valley, falls to Spring Grove to finish second in home invitational tournament pool

Hammering out a highlight ... Waukon volleyball senior Kloe Hemmersbach smacks an attack past a Riceville block attempt in the Indians’ three-set win over the Wildcats at the Waukon Invitational Saturday, September 16. Hemmersbach swatted out three kills and dug up a pair of saves in the match. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

In its only competition of the week, the Waukon volleyball team played host to its annual Waukon Invitational Tournament Saturday, September 16. The tournament of nine total teams has typically been played in an early session of three pools of three teams in round-robin fashion, with the teams then being placed in a late session bracketed tournament according to their pool play results to play out to final placewinnings.

This season’s tournament, however, would only feature two pools of round-robin play, as limited availability of officials did not allow for the regular tournament format to be played out. Those two pools were split up between one four-team pool that played in an early-morning session of round-robin matches, with the tournament’s five other teams playing in their own round-robin pool later that morning into the afternoon.

Currently holding a 6-7 season record, the Indians were next scheduled to host Charles City Monday, September 18 in a match rescheduled from September 12 before playing at Crestwood Tuesday, September 19. They will then face another back-to-back night of competition scenario the following week, hosting MFL/MarMac Monday, September 25 and then Decorah Tuesday, September 26 before playing in the Waterloo Columbus Tournament Saturday, September 30.

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