The ADM volleyball squad won its first two matches in postseason play with relative ease over Grinnell and Newton, but tomorrow’s opponent will provide the Tigers with their biggest test of the season.
Waverly-Shell Rock is the fourth ranked team in Class 4-A, and the Go-Hawks are riding into tonight’s regional final on a 21 match winning streak.
Tigers head coach Mary Beth Scott calls Waverly-Shell Rock simply, a great team, and she says it will be interesting to see how the match starts out, given that these two teams haven’t seen each other this season.
“We’re both going to come into this came, the first game kind of trying to feel each other out and make the adjustments that we need to. They have a very talented libero, and they’re certainly a very well-rounded team. We’re going to have to just play very consistent volleyball, and everybody’s going to have to be on board and on the same page and focused… may the best team win.”
Scott says frustrating the Go-Hawks hitters with their own blockers will be key in tomorrow’s match, which was something ADM was able to do successfully against Newton last week.
Scott says her plays also need to be prepared for a marathon match.
“We always stay focused on, ‘we may have to play five games… you have to mentally be tough and you have to physically be able to play five games’. So they kind of moan and groan at me when I still throw out some conditioning at them, but I’m like, ‘this is the time of the year when you need to be able to play five games,’ and so that’s our plan. We’re going to be ready.”
Tomorrow’s regional final will begin at 7pm, and the match’s location has been moved from Grundy Center to Webster City.
We’ll have pregame coverage starting at 6:45 on 107.9FM, KKRF.