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Bobcats snap back against Pella Christian

September 5, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

PELLA - This was what head coach Terri Westendorf was talking about.

The Marshalltown High School volleyball squad played with the emotion she felt the team was lacking in the Bobcats' 2-3 showing at the Pat Apgar Invitational, firing off a 3-1 win over Pella Christian in Tuesday's non-conference match.

Senior middle hitter Miranda Smith finished with 21 kills in 28 attempts and only two errors - a .679 hitting percentage - to power the Bobcats to a 25-14, 25-10, 22-25, 25-13 triumph after what Westendorf and the squad considered a dismal weekend.

"They were all doing what they needed to do," Westendorf beemed. "Even the loss was not a bad thing. They were just fantastic."

Smith's 21 kills stands as the fifth-most prolific single-match performance across the state so far this season.

Eisha Oden racked up 15 kills and a .290 hitting percentage, while Lauren Mazour added seven kills for the Bobcats (3-4).

"They were just hitting out of the gym tonight," Westendorf added. "Morgan (Bellile) was playing great defense and Madi (Bellile) was setting spot-on. It was great."

Madi Bellile amassed 38 assists, while Morgan Bellile was one of five players with double-digit digs. The twin sisters also served a combined 41-for-43 with four aces.

Mazour was 17-for-19 with two aces, and Smith served 10-for-11 with two aces. Megan Major was 9-for-9 with an ace as well.

Libero player Emily DeVenney led the defense with 14 digs, while Mazour had a team-high five blocks total against the host Eagles (1-5).

The Bobcat junior varsity team also won 25-15, 25-19, while the freshman 'A' squad prevailed 25-7, 25-18.

Marshalltown moves on to play in the Iowa City West Tournament on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in Iowa City.



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