JOHNSTON - Marshalltown head volleyball coach Terri Westendorf said she would like to have had a few of her team's matches back Saturday.
The Bobcats (21-16) went 1-2 in pool play before bouncing back with a 3-0 mark to lock up the consolation bracket championship at the Johnston Invitational.
"We had some moments where we just simply lost our energy," Westendorf said. "But it takes a lot and shows a lot when you can come back and win three-game matches in an all-day tournament setting."
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Marshalltown senior Miranda Smith makes a dig during the Bobcats’ showing at the Johnston Invitational volleyball tournament
Marshalltown beat Ankeny Centennial 21-14, 16-21, 15-8 to start the day and then fell in two games against Newton and Dowling Catholic.
"Even though I would have liked to have had some of those games back, we have to feel good about how we finished the day," Westendorf said.
After that, the team rose to the occasion and secured the consolation championship following wins over Roland-Story, Jefferson-Scranton and Ankeny Centennial. The 'Cats bested the Norse in three games, 25-19, 19-25, 15-6, and then took down Jefferson-Scranton in two, winning 25-19, 25-11.
Facing Ankeny Centennial again in the consolation final, the Bobcats came out on top 25-23, 19-25, 15-6.
"The highlight of the day was definitely us getting 52 blocks," Westendorf said. "That was incredible. That makes our defense that much stronger when we are able to do that."
Eisha Oden led the Bobcats with 56 kills on the day, while Lauren Mazour and Miranda Smith had 40 and 24, respectively. Smith also had 19 blocks and 10 aces, while Mazour added 11 blocks, two aces and 33 digs.
Madi Bellile finished with a team-high 114 assists. Morgan Bellile finished with a team-high 36 digs, while Megan Major added 21. Major also had two aces on the day.
The final regular season match of the season will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Mason City at the Roundhouse. The winner of that match secures a CIML division championship.
"I think there is still a level we can get to before the playoffs start," Westendorf said. "We just need to find a way to be more consistent."