TAMA - The Colo-NESCO volleyball team came up short in four matches at the Meskwaki Invitational Saturday in Tama.

The Royals fell to Ankeny Christian Academy, Denver, Vinton-Shellsburg and North Tama, dropping to 0-5 on the season.

Colo-NESCO picked up one victory against ACA in a three-set loss. The Royals won the opening set by a 21-18 score, suffered a 21-19 setback in the second and dropped the rally game by a 15-12 decision in a highly competitive match.

Lindsey Riese had five kills and four digs; Rylie Reischauer put up eight assists, three kills and one ace and Emma Sarver finished with eight digs for Colo-NESCO in the loss. Molly Barten added two kills; Chelsea Henze totaled five assists, five aces and one kill; Rylee Purvis produced two kills, one block and one ace and Lauren Riese and Maggie Barton each added one kill.

Megan Carlson chipped in two assists for Colo-NESCO versus ACA.

Denver swept Colo-NESCO by scores of 21-15 and 21-14. Henze had three kills and four assists and Lindsey Riese two kills and five digs against the Cyclones.

Reischauer finished with four assists, two aces and one kill; Molly Barten delivered one kill and block apiece and Gracie Kettwig tacked on one kill. Purvis recorded three digs and one ace and Sarver also wound up with three digs.

Vinton-Shellsburg handed Colo-NESCO a pair of 21-10 losses. Purvis had three kills and two digs and Reischauer two assists, one kill and one dig against the Vikings.

Henze and Carlson each put up one assist, Lindsey Riese had six digs and Sarver tallied four digs against Vinton-Shellsburg.

North Tama downed Colo-NESCO by 21-8 and 21-14 margins.

Henze, Purvis and Lauren Riese each finished with three kills against the Redhawks. Henze also dished out four assists and Purvis added three digs.

Reischauer handed out six assists and came up with one dig against North Tama. Molly Barten delivered one kill, dig and ace apiece and Sarver chipped in one dig.

MADRID - Despite her team struggling to keep pace with Madrid in its season opener, Colo-NESCO head volleyball coach Jessica Owens was happy with where her team stood at the end of the match.

The Royals were swept by scores of 25-15, 25-14 and 25-13. Slow starts hurt them in each set.

But Owens said her team was much better than they were at the start of last season.

“We’ve had two weeks of practice, but we haven’t had two weeks of practice with everyone there or a bunch of time to work on things,” Owens said. “I told the girls — for not having consistent practices and coming out and playing like that I was super impressed. Yeah, there were long gaps in the sets, but I was happy with what I saw.”

Owens said blocking and finding spots on the floor are two things her players need more time to develop. But other areas pleased the Royal coach.

“We were able to set up the ball,” Owens said. “That’s something the past two years we haven’t been able to do.”

Colo-NESCO had 14 kills and 15 errors in 73 attacks. The Royals had 36 digs, three blocks and two aces.

Rylee Purvis had nine digs, four kills and one block and Lauren Reise three kills and one block for Colo-NESCO. Molly Barten added two kills, one block and one ace and Lindsey Reise added seven digs and one kill.

Chelsea Henze handed out eight assists and she added two kills and digs apiece. Rylie Reischauer finished with five assists, two kills, one block and one dig.

Emma Sarver led Colo-Nesco defensively with 16 digs. She also had one ace.

Shayla Peters led Madrid with eight kills and digs apiece, plus two blocks. Trinity Heeren chipped in 10 digs, three kills and two aces for the Tigers.