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Westonka Volleyball is Red Hot

By Mindy Budzius, 09/26/22, 3:30PM CDT


The White Hawks volleyball team opened this week's games on the road in Rockford, and it wasn’t only the gym that was hot!

volleyball players gather at net following a point

The White Hawks volleyball team opened this week's games on the road in Rockford, and it wasn’t only the gym that was hot! The temperature on September 20 broke a record at 91 degrees, and junior Annika Weir kept the pressure on serving at 92 percent with three aces. Ninth-grader Avery Pearson served 90 percent with 21 serve attempts. 

Sophomore Taryn Peglow led the front row with five kills and four blocks to stop the ball from getting past the net. When the Rockets were trying to get around Peglow, they were met with a combined 26 kills from ninth-graders Meaghan Kreiser and Bridget Budzius and junior Maquinna Peglow. Senior Chase Lawrence and Maquinna Peglow would close any openings with four additional blocks. The back row didn’t want to be left out, so junior Kendal Richie and Budzius would keep the ball in play with 24 digs. 

The White Hawks would win the game in three straight sets, scoring 25-21, 25-20, and 26-24; and if you have been keeping track, this is the fifth set to go above 25 points this season! 

The White Hawks would play Hutchinson at home on September 22 with the student section ablaze in red for Homecoming. It was a close game, going to five sets and taking nearly two and a half hours before the White Hawks would fall 2-3. 

Defense was the name of the game with the Hawks digging out 77 balls. Richie (libero) would lead the defense with 25 digs, while Budzius would be close behind with 24. Pearson and junior Kohral Bomar-Reese would round out the defense with 18 and 10 digs, respectively. 

Games can’t be won without getting points on the board, and Kreiser would dominate the front row with 15 kills, followed by Budzius with an additional 11, and six by Maquinna Peglow. Lawrence, Taryn Peglow,and Kreiser would bring the defense to the front row with eight combined blocks. An exciting match would end with the following scores: 23-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 16-18.

White Hawks Volleyball Schedule (Games at 7 p.m.)  

  • 9/27:  Home: Patrick Henry
  • 9/29:  Away at Holy Family
  • 10/3:  Home: Orono
  • 10/6:  Away at Southwest Christian
  • 10/10:  Away at Richfield