Bobcats canceled by COVID

Marshalltown volleyball season ‘discontinued’ after positive test

T-R FILE PHOTO - Members of the Marshalltown High School volleyball team celebrate a 3-1 victory over Mason City in their Sept. 29 meeting at the Roundhouse. The Bobcats’ season has been brought to an end prematurely due to a positive COVID-19 test on the team.

Less than 48 hours before it was set to take part in a Class 5A regional volleyball match against second-ranked Ankeny on Thursday night, the Marshalltown volleyball team’s season has come to an abrupt end.

In an announcement made Tuesday on social media, the Marshalltown Community School district said the match has been canceled due to someone within the team returning a positive COVID-19 test.

“On Sunday, Oct. 18, the MHS Activities Department received notification of the results for a positive COVID-19 case within the varsity Bobcat Volleyball Team,” the statement read. “While we must protect the privacy of the individual(s) involved, we believe it is best to communicate this information with our community. MCSD Health Services staff took immediate action to notify all of those who potentially came in close contact.”

Marshalltown’s season is over, but the Bobcats will end the year with a winning record of 12-11 in the first season of Kaylee Peschong’s tenure with the team.

Peschong could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

The Bobcats graduate Lyris Kapauou, Kyra Feldman, Brittany Sichra, Drew Carson and Emma Bair from the 2020 roster.

Over the season, Sydney Faltys led the team in assists with 336. Hayden Oetker had a team-high 168 kills, while Sophie Younkin had 151. Feldman led the team with 250 digs.

The school’s statement closed with a commitment to the safety of students at MHS.

“There is nothing more important to the Marshalltown Community School District than the safety and health of our students, our staff, and their families,” the school said. “We are working closely with Marshall County Public Health to review the case and will continue to take the necessary actions to limit the impact of illness on our school.”


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