Facing Viterbo University provided the Waldorf College volleyball team with a tough test during Tuesday’s season opener.
“Viterbo was everything I thought they would be,” Waldorf coach Paul Meyer said. “They are very talented and will be one of the top teams in the nation.”
The V-Hawks (1-0) topped the Warriors (0-1) by scores of 25-19, 25-9, 25-15.
Megan Perkins led Waldorf with four kills. Abby Buehler added three kills to the attack while Isabelle Rothbauer and Brook Groe connected for two kills each.
Briley Sullivan recorded 16 digs for the Warriors as the freshman made her debut as the team’s starting libero. Four-year starter Courtney Palmer collected nine digs.
Freshmen setters Nicole Stedje and Kaitlyn Monck handed out six assists and four assists, respectively.
Despite opening the season with a loss, Waldorf’s young squad showed promise against a Viterbo team that was ranked for most of last season and received votes in the final 2013 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) poll.
“I thought we did a lot of things well,” Meyer said. “We just lacked the consistency that we need to play with a team like that. However, consistency will come as the year goes on and I am excited about what lies ahead for this squad.”
The Warriors host a scrimmage on Saturday at 10 a.m. They’ll play North Iowa Area Community College, Iowa Lakes Community College and Riverland Community College.
Taking on the V-Hawks in the opener was the type of challenge Waldorf needed to start the season.
“This was a great way to test where we are and what we need to work on and I’m anxious to get back on the court for this weekend’s scrimmage,” Meyer said.
The Warriors resume the regular season in the Cardinal Stritch University on Aug. 22-23 at Milwaukee. Waldorf battles Aquinas College (0-0) and Kansas Wesleyan University (0-0) on Aug. 22. The Warriors wrap up the tournament against Bethel College (0-0) and Cardinal Stritch University (0-0) on Aug. 23.