ALTOONA - The Nevada volleyball team went 1-3 going up against tough competition at the Southeast Polk Invitational Saturday in Altoona.
The Cubs knocked off Ottumwa and fell to two Class 5A schools, plus 2016 3A state qualifier and Heart of Iowa Conference rival North Polk, during the tournament. That showing put Nevada at 7-7 overall on the season.
Nevada swept Ottumwa by 21-11 and 21-10 scores. Kacie Rewerts, Hattie Rhodes and Madison Thompson had three kills apiece, Katie Sullivan added two and Kelby Rewerts finished with one for the Cubs.
Kacie Rewerts also tallied one dig, assist and ace apiece. Rhodes delivered three aces and one assist, Thompson picked up six digs and Kelby Rewerts was strong serving the ball, going 15 of 15 with six aces.
Amanda Fortmann added nine assists, nine digs, one kill and one ace. Ellie Gray finished with four digs and Morgan Tupper three digs and two assists.
The Cubs fell to Urbandale by 21-5 and 21-19 scores. Kacie Rewerts registered six digs and three kills and Kelby added two kills in the loss.
Thompson recorded one kill, and Rhodes and Mikayla Long each finished with two blocks against Urbandale. Fortmann picked up nine digs and six assists, Tupper eight digs and two aces and Gray and Maddie Stevens three digs apiece.
Nevada was more competitive against Des Moines Roosevelt, losing by scores of 21-17 and 21-14.
Kacie Rewerts and Rhodes each produced five kills, Thompson three and Long one versus Roosevelt. Kacie also had one block, Rhodes one block and one ace, Thompson two digs, one assist and one ace and Long one dig.
Fortmann ended up with 14 assists, three digs, one block and one kill and Tupper and Kelby Rewerts each totaled four digs. Stevens chipped in one dig.
North Polk defeated Nevada by scores of 25-23 and 25-16. Kacie Rewerts came through with seven kills and six digs; Rhodes had five kills, five digs, two aces and one block and Kelby Rewerts three kills, one dig and one ace against the Comets.
Fortmann handed out 18 assists and added four digs and one kill against North Polk. Tupper had 12 digs and two aces; Thompson one kill and one ace; Long two kills, one dig and one assist; Stevens seven digs and Gray two digs.
NEVADA - The quest for a sixth-straight Heart of Iowa Conference championship began on a strong note for Nevada when the Cubs took on South Hamilton in its home opener Sept. 7 at the Nevada High School Field House.
Nevada swept the Hawks in convincing fashion, winning by scores of 25-10, 25-11 and 25-13 to go to 6-4 on the season.
“The girls had a great night against South Hamilton,” Nevada head volleyball coach Lori Stephenson said. “They came out strong from the very first serve and never let down.”
The Cubs had an amazing attack going all night long to decimate South Hamilton. Nevada recorded a stunning .407 kill-efficiency rate as a team, with 39 kill and just six errors in 81 attacks.
“Statistically, it was probably the best match we’ve played in the last two years,” Stephenson said. “Hitting efficiency .407 with five girls hitting over .250, team serving at 93 percent with nine aces.”
On defense, the Cubs put up 10 blocks and totaled 41 digs.
“Defensively, the girls really showed a lot of game IQ,” Stephenson said. “If they were beat on a specific hit one time, they learned from it and shut it down the next time. They were reading approach and hit angles and general hitter tendencies at a really high level.”
Kacie Rewerts, Kelby Rewerts and Madison Thompson each had nine kills as part of a balanced Nevada attack. Kacie also had five blocks, digs and aces apiece; Kelby put up one assist and dig apiece and Thompson chipped in three digs.
Hattie Rhodes had a strong all-around match at middle hitter for Nevada. She produced four kills, four digs, three assists, three blocks and one ace.
“Our middles played really well,” Stephenson said. “Hattie and Kacie combined to score a clear 27 points for us — 13 kills, eight blocks and six aces. They were also both perfect for the night on serving, so their contributions were profound in both the front and back row.”
Amanda Fortmann did a fantastic job running the Cub attack. Fortmann handed out 31 assists and she also had five digs, two kills and two blocks.
Morgan Tupper was excellent in the back row. She finished with 14 digs, three aces, two assists and one kill.
Katie Sullivan added five kills and two digs, Ellie Gray finished with four digs and Maddie Stevens chipped in three digs for the Cubs.