Colo-NESCO shows slight improvement on volleyball court in 2021

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Jenna Hill was a net force for the Colo-NESCO volleyball team in 2021. Hill was part of ISC South’s first team.

The Colo-NESCO volleyball team has taken a few steps in the right direction during the 2021 season.

The Royals are 6-22 overall and 2-3 in the Iowa Star Conference South Division under first-year coach Karissa Rempe. They were only 2-21 in total and 1-4 in the conference a year ago.

“I think our season has gone well,” said Rempe. “The girls played the hardest amid the multiple challenges that were thrown at them throughout the season. They adapted well to the changes and kept playing.”

Colo-NESCO beat Meskwaki three times – the first in three sets, the second in four sets in the South Division match and the third in straight sets in the ISC tournament. The Royals also beat Madrid in straight sets and won a five-set war with Collins-Maxwell for a senior night conference victory.

“I felt our senior game was the one where the team played the best together,” said Rempe. “Everyone did their job and they communicated really well. It was fun to see them come together and play hard.”

The Royals’ toughest loss came at the hands of Martensdale St. Marys on August 31 in Martensdale. They fell in five sets – losing the first 25-19, coming back with a 25-22 win, losing a 25-11 decision in the third, scoring a 25-19 win in the fourth and then suffering a 15-13 loss in the rally game.

“I would say our biggest highlights were the five-set games against Martensdale St. Mary’s and Collins Maxwell,” Rempe said. “It was a tough game and getting both wins was great for our daughters.”

Health issues played a role in Colo-NESCO’s inability to string together more victories.

“We have struggled to stay healthy throughout the season,” said Rempe. “We had several injuries and illnesses that hit mid-season, but there was always someone willing and ready to replace where we needed them.”

Rempe said serve was the team’s strongest point and the passage of their weakest link.

The Royals served with 85 percent accuracy with 124 aces in 74 sets. They totaled 601 digs, 315 kills and 33 blocks over the season.

Senior outside forward Jenna Hill and senior passer Izabell Volker made a difference for the Royals.

Hill led Colo-NESCO with 151 eliminations with an efficiency of 17.2%. She also had the most digs for the team with 138 and added 35 aces on serve.

Voelker distributed 199 assists and also delivered 133 digs. She had 34 kills with 12.1% efficiency and added 29 aces with 92.1% serve accuracy, the team’s best.

“Jenna and Izabell are playing extremely well together,” said Rempe. “Jenna is an amazing all-round volleyball player. She’s constantly diving on the floor looking for balls and trying to find different ways to score. Izabell is always ready. No matter where she’s spinning, she’s constantly moving.”

Junior central blocker Sophia Piziali had 44 kills, 34 digs, 13 aces and seven blocks. Junior Rylie Handsaker finished with 77 digs, 39 kills, 10 aces and nine blocks.

Sophomore Syndey Ingle had 24 kills and six blocks and Rebekah Nessa, Elsie Jensen and Rebekah Nessa seven kills each. Nessa also had 49 digs and 19 aces and Jensen had 22 digs and eight aces.

Senior Molly Seyller had 130 Libero digs and had six kills and three aces. Senior Taylor Cox delivered 10 digs and four aces, rookie Abigail Kettwig three kills and two digs and junior Jessica Duran one salvage.

Molly Seyller had 133 recoveries for Colo-NESCO during her senior season as a Libero.

Molly Seyller had 133 recoveries for Colo-NESCO during her senior season as a Libero.

“I’ve been impressed this year with a few of our subclasses stepping into bigger playing roles,” Rempe said. “They played really hard and gave their best in every practice and game.”

It will be difficult to replace Hill and Voelker as well as Seyller, Nessa and Cox next season.

“Every senior has had a huge impact on our team,” said Rempe. “They’ve been strong leaders throughout the season. Four of our five seniors were all starters and the fifth played an important role filling very different positions at different times. We’re going to have some really big shoes to fill. this coming season. “

But Rempe is eager to see what the future holds for Colo-NESCO.

“I’m really looking to see the current junior class take on leadership roles,” said Rempe. “I am delighted to see them grow up through this.”

This article originally appeared on Ames Tribune: Colo-NESCO volleyball team wins six matches in 2021.

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