PELLA - Junior Rachel Whaley led the Marshalltown volleyball team with 13 kills, eight digs and five service aces, helping a balanced Bobcat attack turn back Pella Christian with a three-set sweep in Monday's season opener.
Marshalltown prevailed by scores of 25-22, 25-13 and 25-11, taking the host Eagles out of their rhythym with an offensive attack that head coach Terri Westendorf called "incredible to watch."
"The intensity of these girls and their hard work has totally paid off," Westendorf said after her team's season-opening victory. "They have ramped it up in practice and it showed. They were in complete control of this match with very little exception."
Freshman Reagan Mazour contributed eight kills, six digs and three aces, while Haley Vajgrt had five kills and three aces in the Bobcats' decisive triumph. Leiah Paustian totaled 30 assists and also chalked up a service ace.
Jasmine Scott, Vajgrt and Paustian each tallied two blocks, while Morgan Finch notched six digs. Ashley Harris had two more aces as Marshalltown's strong serve game and relentless attack had Pella Christian out of system throughout the match.
"I'd say serving was the brightest spot, aside from our attacking," Westendorf said. "Pella Christian is scrappy. They have a big girl over the top of us - we're not tall by any means - but we just didn't let them get to their offense.
"We've got quite a mix of seniors and juniors and a freshman, but each and every one of them put a lot of time into volleyball. The big, exciting part is they played together as a team."
Marshalltown marches back out onto the road tonight for a match at Des Moines North.