MASON CITY – The Mason City volleyball team closed out its regular season with Senior Night on Tuesday, and while the match was not what Mohawks coach Curt Klaahsen was looking for as a finale, he knows the next chapter of the season is just beginning.
After a close first match, the Mohawks fell a bit flat as Fort Dodge came away with a 3-0 victory.
Set scores were 25-23, 25-15 and 25-16.
“We were not as sharp as we needed to be,” Klaahsen said. “Give credit to Fort Dodge. They outplayed us and outcoached us.”
The biggest issue for the Mohawks was the Dodgers’ 6-foot-3 hitter Kacee Gollob, who was on from the start as both an offensive and defensive player.
Mason City tried to counter at the net with Kaitlyn Roberts, Grace Tobin and Megan Hollander, among others, but once the first set slipped away, the Mohawks' chances on the night went, as well.
While the Mohawks did manage to play solid defensively, the offense struggled getting solid hits through the Dodger front line.
The match marked the end of the home careers for seven Mohawk seniors – Roberts, Hollander, Adisyn Walker, Alicia Hoeft, Sierra Miner, Katie Dettman, Bobbi Tilkes and Carly Seeck.
Mason City now has more than week off as it prepares to face Webster City in the opening round of the Class 4A regional tournament on Oct. 17.
“Our season is not over,” Klaahsen said. “We know there are good things ahead.”
What the Mohawks can build on is a 2-0 victory over Webster City on Saturday in a match that saw Klaahsen hold out several of his regulars – including Tobin – due to some minor injuries.
Still, Klaahsen is quick to point out the tournament match will be at Webster City, and the Mohawks will likely be considered underdogs.
“I think it will be a good match,” Klaahsen said. “It doesn’t matter what you have done to this point. Everyone is 0-0.”