JOHNSTON - The Nevada volleyball team went 1-3 against four Class 5A schools at the Johnston Invitational Saturday at Johnston.
Nevada swept Ames in two sets and came up short against Johnston, West Des Moines Valley and Urbandale to end the regular season with a 22-18 record.
The Cubs downed Ames by scores of 21-12 and 21-16. Nevada had just defeated the Little Cyclones in four sets at Ames two nights earlier.
In the Johnston Invitational win over Ames, Kacie Rewerts recorded nine digs, five kills and five blocks and Kelby Rewerts finished with five digs, four kills and one assist for Nevada. Amanda Fortmann had 16 assists, two kills, two digs, two aces and one block and Morgan Tupper ended up with nine digs one kill and one assist.
Madison Thompson chipped in three kills and one dig; Hattie Rhodes, two kills, two digs and one block and Ellie Gray five digs. Mikayla Long had one kill, Maddie Stevens one dig and Katie Sullivan one kill, dig and block apiece.
Nevada suffered 21-11 and 21-19 losses at the hands of Valley. Kacie Rewerts put up four kills, two digs and one block; Rhodes three kills and one block and Sullivan two kills against the Tigers.
Fortmann finished with nine assists, three digs and one kill; Tupper five digs and one assist; Gray five digs and Thompson one dig and block apiece against Valley. Stevens added one dig, Kelby Rewerts one kill and Sydney Mosinski one kill.
Urbandale defeated Nevada by 21-15 and 21-18 scores. Kacie Rewerts delivered seven digs, six kills, two blocks and one assist and Fortmann 13 assists, five digs and one block against the Jayhawks.
Sullivan produced four kills and two digs; Rhodes three kills, three blocks and two digs; Kelby Rewerts two kills and digs apiece; Thompson two kills, one dig and one block and Tupper 11 digs and one assist. Gray chipped in five more digs and Stevens four digs.
In the championship round, Nevada was dealt 25-14 and 25-18 losses by Johnston. Rhodes tallied six kills and one dig; Kacie Rewerts four kills, four digs and three blocks and Sullivan three kills and one block versus the Dragons.
Fortmann finished with 15 assists and two digs; Kelby Rewerts six digs and one dig, block and ace apiece and Tupper five digs. Stevens and Thompson tacked on one dig apiece and Hannah Thomsen had one kill and one dig.
AMES - Nevada took down Ames in four sets for a quality road victory over a Class 5A school Oct. 12 at Ames.
The Cubs overcame an opening set to oust the Little Cyclones.
Nevada suffered a 25-19 setback, then rolled to a 25-10 triumph in the second set. In the third set, the Cubs cruised to a 25-18 win and they wrapped up the match with a 25-17 win in the fourth set.
As a team, Nevada recorded a .214 kill-efficiency rate with 52 kills and 21 errors in 145 attacks. The Cubs also were a strong 90 of 92 serving with nine aces and added 71 digs and 13 blocks defensively.
Kacie Rewerts was phenomenal in the match for Nevada.
Rewerts had 21 kills and only two errors in 38 attacks. She also came up with nine digs and three blocks.
Hattie Rhodes provided with nine kills, eight digs, five blocks, two aces and one assist for the Cubs. Madison Thompson added seven kills, six digs, two aces and one block; Katie Sullivan five kills, three digs and one block and Kelby Rewerts four kills, two digs and two blocks.
Amanda Fortmann handed out 43 assists in the win. She also delivered nine digs, five aces, two kills and one block.
Morgan Tupper chipped in 18 digs, four kills and one assist. Ellie Gray added nine digs and Maddie Stevens seven digs.
NEVADA - Nevada recuperated nicely from two tough Heart of Iowa Conference losses last week with a drubbing of Saydel on senior night Tuesday at the Nevada High School Field House.
Nevada crushed Saydel by scores of 25-6, 25-10 and 25-6 to get back on the winning track after suffering its first HOIC losses since 2011 last week against Roland-Story and Gilbert.
Kacie Rewerts, Madison Thompson and Hattie Rhodes led a balanced Nevada attack with six kills apiece. Amanda Fortmann dished out 29 assists, running a highly efficient Cub attack that recorded 36 kills and only six errors in 69 attacks.
“We’ve been working really hard in practice,” Rewerts said. “We want to continue to do that and work on getting our passes up to Amanda so she can give our hitters the best way to hit.”
In the first set Nevada jumped out to an 11-3 lead and never looked back. A Kelby Rewerts tip and Rhodes ace finished off the victory.
Saydel actually jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set. But Nevada countered with an 11-0 run, capped with a Thompson kill to take charge.
The third set was all Nevada from the start. The Cubs led 13-1 out of the gate and back-to-back Hannah Thomsen aces closed out the match.
Thompson said the team carried over confidence from its four set loss to No. 5 (Class 3A) Gilbert last Thursday. The Cubs got down 2-0 in that match, but won the third set and pushed the Tigers hard in the fourth before falling.
“We knew if we could come out there and play big that we’d be able to take a game or two from (Gilbert),” Thompson said. “It gave us confidence knowing that we could take stuff from them.”
Thompson said the Saydel win gave her senior class a great sendoff. The Cubs have now reached 20 wins each of the past four years and they will be going for their fifth-straight trip to state when regional play begins next week.
“It was amazing,” Thompson said. “I have great teammates to play with, so they’ve made it a memorable season.”
Thompson also had three digs, two aces and one assist in the match. Rewerts added three aces, three digs and one block; Rhodes three digs and one block and Fortmann four kills, two digs and two aces.
Thomsen delivered five aces and two digs; Morgan Tupper five digs, two kills and one ace; Katie Sullivan five kills and Amanda Harter two kills and four digs. Kelby Rewerts finished with four kills and three digs, Maddie Stevens four digs, Mikayla Long two digs and one kill, assist and ace apiece and Ellie Gray two digs.
Saydel dropped to 3-20 overall and 0-6 in the HOIC.