The Nevada volleyball team went a perfect 5-1 to place second at the Nevada Invitational on Saturday in Nevada.
The Cubs, ranked 10th in Class 3A, defeated Iowa Falls-Alden (21-11, 21-13), Carlisle (21-15, 21-14), Van Meter (21-7, 21-18), Ballard (22-20, 20-22, 15-10) and the 14th-ranked Norwalk team in 4A (16-21, 21-15, 15-8). Their only loss came to No. 1 Des Moines Christian in straight sets as they finished the tournament with an overall record of 14-9.
Nevada also went 3-0 in the Heart of Iowa Conference on Sept. 20 with a four-set victory over West Marshall in Nevada. The Cubs won 25-15 and 25-19 in the first two sets, suffered a 25-20 loss in the third and then won the fourth by a score of 25-12.
The Colo-NESCO volleyball team was swept by a second-placed North Tama team in Class 1A by scores of 25-11, 25-8 and 25-8 falling to 4-14 on the season and 2-4 at the Iowa Star Conference. South Division. Match statistics were not available at the press deadline.
In cross country, Nevada competed in the Norsemen Invitational at Story City on Sept. 22 and Colo-NESCO raced in the West Marshall Invitational at State Center on Sept. 20.
The Nevada Boys ranked second out of 11 teams with 72 points. North Polk, the No. 2 team in 3A, easily won the boys’ tag team title with 24 points.
The Cub Girls also placed second to North Polk. They scored 67 points to beat all nine teams on the field except the No. 14 (3A) Comets, who finished with 25 points.
The Colo-NESCO girls had a top-10 runner spot at State Center. The royal boys placed a runner in the top 35.
No team scored for either Colo-NESCO team as they each had only three runners competing.
Here’s what we learned from Week 5 of the regional cross-country and volleyball competition:
The Cub volleyball team starts to click
The Nevada volleyball team had its most successful streak to date going 6-1 last week.
Several players played important roles during the Nevada Invitational for the Cubs.
Outside forward Lily Goos had 51 kills, 22 digs, eight blocks and five digs during the tournament. Emma Strottman finished with 27 kills and two blocks, Mya Spykerman 25 kills, 12 digs and six blocks, Mady Gibson 115 assists, 21 digs, six kills and five blocks, and Dakota Hendricks 39 digs.
In the win over West Marshall Goos recorded 15 kills, five digs, three blocks and three aces. Hendricks had 12 digs and two aces, Gibson 37 assists, six digs and four aces, Spykerman 11 kills and four aces, Strottman nine kills and two digs, Jadyn Melohn six aces and five digs, Isabelle Nelson four kills, Reagan Davis five digs and Rachel Borwick three digs.
Cubs stand tall in Story City
Both Nevada cross country teams had an outstanding performance with their Norsemen Invitational runner-up performances.
Carter Holland, Brian Rohde and Rowan Steele ran great races to lead the Nevada boys. Holland ran a 5 kilometer time of 17 minutes, 23 seconds to place ninth. Rohde was 12th in 5:47 p.m. and Steele 14th in 5:54 p.m. Owen Freeman and Nick Frideres also moved into the top 20 to round out Nevada’s score, with Freeman finishing 17th in 18:07 and Nick Frideres finishing 20th in 18:12.
Zach Sporaa of North Polk, the No. 3 runner in 3A, won the race in 15:56.
Brooke Axmear continued to beat the Nevada girls with a top-10 performance. Axmear ran a 5k time of 21:29 to place ninth.
Tori Meinecke, Ava Vanderheyden and Alexis Betting all made the top 15 Cub Girls. Meincke took 12th place in 9:44 p.m., Vanderheyden 14th in 9:54 p.m. and Betting 15th in 9:55 p.m.
Madrid’s Katelyn Brandhorst, ranked 23rd in 1A, won the girls’ race after crossing the finish line in 19:49.
Sophia Clawson is committed to the girls of Colo-NESCO
Freshman Sophia Clawson continued her strong first season of varsity competition for the Colo-NESCO women’s cross country team at the West Marshall Invitational.
Clawson placed in the top 10 of the varsity girls race with a ninth-place 5k time of 26:15.85. Callie Kohlwes took 24th place for the royal girls with a performance of 29:40.38 and Maia Lundquist finished 29th in 32:30.11.
West Marshall rookie Addie Thompson won the girls’ race in 24:11.25 and Collins-Maxwell took the girls’ tag team title with 28 points.
Caleb Roberts placed 35th in 25:07.95 as the fastest Colo-NESCO boy in the meet. Laine Golly was 43rd in 27:18.33 and Ismail Ergene 47th in 27:52.13.
Collins-Maxwell also won the Men’s Tag Team Championship with 46 points. Ethan Haus of the Spartans finished first individually in 18:50.88.