WHEATLAND — The Calamus-Wheatland volleyball team started slow at its home opener Thursday.
But once the Warriors got up to speed, there proved to be no slowing them down.
Visiting Midland took the opening set of the Tri-Rivers East matchup between the two teams, but from there it was all Warriors as Cal-Wheat took the next three sets for the 17-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-13 victory.
Cal-Wheat shined at the net, putting down a season-high 39 kills and coming up with 13 blocks.
That constant pressure began to wear down the Eagles, helping the Warriors pull away in a close second set and then again in an even-closer third game.
With the momentum fully on its side, Cal-Wheat jumped out to a big lead in the fourth set and cruised to the victory in its league opener.
The Warriors did not make things easy for Midland from the service stripe, serving up 17 aces, including five from junior Alyssa McElmeel.
Alison Boeckmann served up four aces of her own, while Sammie Flagel and Addy Widel added three apiece.
Senior Kaylie Wilhelm paced the Warriors with 20 attack attempts and turned them into a team-high 12 kills.
She was helped out by the trio of Flagel, McElmeel and Widel, who all came up with eight kills.
Flagel complemented her eight kills with a team-high 15 assists, while junior Taylor Jacobsen was right behind her with 14.
Libero Ellie Carpenter had a team-high 10 digs, while Wilhelm added eight, Flagel five and McElmeel three.
Widel got a hand on six blocks, while all three of Lauren Von Muenster’s blocks were solo (Boeckmann and Flagel both had two blocks).
Two days after their victory, the Warriors’ were on the Eagles’ floor for the Midland Invitational.
Playing five matches, Cal-Wheat went 2-3 on the day with victories over a pair of divisional foes.
That included a second victory over the hosts.
With Flagel putting down five kills and Carpenter serving up two aces, the Warriors’ swept the Eagles, 21-13, 21-15.
Widel added three kills in the win, while Jacobsen had both three assists and three digs.
The Warriors also swept Marquette Catholic, putting down 15 kills and nearly matching that with 13 digs in a 21-15, 21-12 victory.
Wilhelm had a big day against the Mohawks — who the Warriors also defeated on Tuesday — leading the Warriors with five kills, while also coming up with two digs and serving up three of the team’s seven aces.
Widel added four kills and two digs of her own, while Flagel had three kills, eight assists and two digs as well.
Olivia Ganzer led the Warriors with four digs, while Jacobsen had four assists and also had multiple aces in the win.
Cal-Wheat also put down 15 kills in a 21-14, 21-11 setback to fellow Tri-Rivers squad Springville.
Wilhelm again led the way with six kills and added a team-high five digs for good measure.
Widel had three kills and served up two aces, while Boeckmann and Von Muenster both had two kills.
Flagel had eight assists — Jacobsen four — with Carpenter, Ganzer and Jacobsen all coming up with two digs.
Flagel stuffed the stat sheet during the Warriors’ match with eventual champion Cascade. The senior had two kills — tied with Widel for the team lead — two assists, three digs and an ace.
Jacobsen joined Flagel with three digs, while Wilhelm served up an ace of her own.
The Warriors’ other match came against 5A squad, Iowa City West.
Jacobsen led the way, coming up with three kills, three assists and three digs.
Widel led Cal-Wheat with five digs, while Flagel matched that number with five assists.