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Lady Spartans reload

Former players join Walker as VB coach

SOLON– The Lady Spartans lost two of their top weapons from 2019, but still have a lot of experienced players coming back for first-year Head Coach Jeff Walker.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team opened the season Aug. 27 with a 2-0 loss against Center Point-Urbana at a relocated triangular meet in Mount Vernon.
The Stormin’ Pointers took a close 27-25 victory in the first game and then cruised to a 25-15 win in the second. No stats were available for Solon.
Gone are 2019 seniors Katie Yi and Jane Wilms, who led the team with 249 and 167 kills, respectively, and were first and third in blocks.
But returning are sophomore Delaney Bombei, who finished last season with 152 kills (third) and 48 blocks (second), as well as much of last year’s team defense.
“We have nine seniors this year,” noted Walker.
Returning letter winners include Kennedy Bombei, Delaney Bombei, Maddie Manifold, Camryn Keith, Sydney Langenberg and Kylee Flynn. Flynn, a sophomore, led the team with 575 assists and added 192 digs, third last year behind departed libero Khaylor Fleck and senior Langenberg. Flynn also led the team in service aces with 48. She connected on 280-303 serve attempts for a 92.4 percent efficiency rating. Both junior Camryn Keith (23 aces) and Langenberg (15 aces) clocked in at 94 percent.
Walker is joined on the sidelines for his first year by two former players– Rylee Smith serves as varsity assistant coach, while Vik Meade coaches the sophomore squad. Lindley Visser is the freshman coach.
“As always, the WaMaC is one of the best (conferences) in the state,” Walker noted.
Solon participates in a Marshalltown invitational tournament Sept. 3 and hosts the Solon Round Robin Tournament Saturday, Sept. 5 before opening WaMaC play at Mount Vernon on Sept. 8. The Lady Spartans host a varsity quadrangular Sept. 10 and WaMaC East foe West Delaware Sept. 15.

Sept. 3 Marshalltown Invite (V) Marshalltown 5 PM
Sept. 5 Solon Round Robin (V) Solon 9 AM
Sept. 8 Mt Vernon Mt Vernon 5 PM
Sept. 10 Varsity Quad (V) Solon TBD
Sept. 12 Linn-Mar Invite (V) Marion 10 AM
Sept. 15 West Delaware Solon 5 PM
Sept. 17 Liberty Tournament (JV) N. Liberty 5 PM
Sept. 19 CP-U Tournament (JV) Center Point 8:30 AM
Sept. 19 Clinton Tournament (V) Clinton 8:30 AM
Sept. 22 Marion Marion 5 PM
Sept. 26 Liberty Invite (V) N. Liberty 9 AM
Sept. 29 Beckman Catholic Dyersville 5 PM
Oct. 6 Maquoketa Solon 5 PM
Oct. 10 CPU Tournament (V) Center Point 8:30 AM
Oct. 12 WaMaC Tournament Pool Play TBA 4 PM
Oct. 15 WaMaC Tournament Mt Vernon 4 PM
Oct. 19 First Round Districts TBA 7 PM
Oct. 21 Regional Semifinal TBA 7 PM
Oct. 27 Regional Final TBA 7 PM
Nov. 2 State Tourney begins Cedar Rapids TBA