URBANDALE - MHS volleyball coach Terri Westendorf made some changes to her varsity lineup Saturday as the Bobcats played in the Urbandale Invitational.
Westendorf said the changes hurt her team's ability to score points, but the change also will help her figure out how to get the best six players on the court when it comes time for the playoffs.
The Bobcats went 2-2 in Urbandale, recording victories over Spencer and Dallas Center-Grimes in pool play, and losing to Cedar Falls in pool play and Western Christian in the quarterfinals.
"You hate to lose any matches, but the teams we lost to are good teams," Westendorf said. "We mixed up the lineup a bit because you can't hit the ball unless you dig it. I thought the changes hurt our ability to score at times, but overall I think we learned a bit more about our team."
All four matches played by the Bobcats were either won in two or lost in two.
Marshalltown started the tournament off with a win over Spencer.
Eisha Oden and Miranda Smith each had seven kills to lead the way, while Madi Bellile had 20 assists and Morgan Bellile turned in four digs.
The Bobcats were 40-of-40 in serving and had a killing efficiency of 0.462.
"It was nice to start off the tournament with a win, and it was a nice quality win," Westendorf said.
In the loss to Cedar Falls, Oden had eight kills, Lauren Mazour turned in seven kills and Madi Bellile had 14 assists and a team-high four digs. The Bobcats were 39-of-41 in serving in this contest and had just one ace in the match.
The Dallas Center-Grimes win gave Marshalltown a 2-1 record in pool play. Oden once again led the team with eight kills, while Mazour had six. Madi Bellile once again had 14 assists and four digs, and Morgan Bellile had a team-high 10 digs. Morgan Bellile moved to libero for two of the matches in the tournament.
In the championship bracket, the Bobcats began play with a two-set loss to Western Christian in the quarterfinals.
Oden made it four-for-four in leading her team in kills with five, while Smith also had five kills. Madi Bellile finished with 10 assists, and Morgan Bellile had a team-high three digs.
The Bobcats next play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against Fort Dodge in the Roundhouse.