JOHNSTON - The Nevada volleyball team closed out the regular season going 2-3 in matches with powerful opponents at the Johnston Invitational Saturday in Johnston.
Nevada swept Class 5A schools Ames and Marshalltown during the tournament. The Cubs lost to Dike-New Hartford and Urbandale in three sets and was swept in two by Waukee.
DNH is ranked seventh in Class 2A, Urbandale ninth in 5A and Waukee 10th in 5A.
The Cubs rolled to 21-7 and 21-17 victories over Ames after having just defeated the Little Cyclones in a five-set war at home two nights before. Nevada whipped Marshalltown by 21-14 and 21-12 decisions.
Nevada scored an impressive 21-14 win in its opening set against DNH, but then suffered a 21-15 setback and dropped the rally game by a 15-9 score. The Cubs played Urbandale even tougher, losing a 21-19 battle in the first set and pulling off a decisive 21-13 win in the second to set up the rally game, where they were dealt a 15-12 setback.
Waukee handed Nevada 21-19 and 21-7 losses. The Cubs concluded the regular season with a 22-17 record.
Morgan Tupper put up 42 assists, 16 digs, 14 kills, three blocks and three aces and Kacie Rewerts 38 kills, 13 digs, seven blocks and one assist for Nevada during the tournament. Amanda Fortmann had 34 assists, 21 digs and three aces and Jaeden Heintz 26 digs, three assists and three aces.
Madison Stevens delivered 26 digs and three aces and Ellie Gray 24 digs, six aces and three assists. Hannah Thomsen finished with 15 kills, three digs and two blocks and Kelby Rewerts eight kills, five digs and three assists.
Sydney Mosinski chipped in nine kills, five blocks and one assist and Mikayla Long six kills, five blocks, one assist and one ace. Maddie Dunham tacked on one dig and ace apiece.
NEVADA - Nevada celebrated senior night with a huge comeback win over Ames in five sets Oct. 11 at the Nevada High School Field House.
The Cubs found themselves down 2-0 after suffering 25-22 and 25-19 losses in the first two sets. But they came back with wins by the exact same score in the next two sets, taking the third set by a 25-19 margin and pulling off a 25-22 victory in set four.
In the decisive rally game, Nevada continued its hot play, winning 15-9 to cap off the comeback and earn its 20th victory of the season. The Cubs improved to 20-14 on the season with the victory.
Nevada delivered 62 kills against 23 attack errors. The Cubs recorded 12 aces on 100 of 106 serving and also had 72 aces as a team.
Kacie Rewerts was on fire at outside hitter and Hannah Thomsen had a huge night on the right side for Nevada.
Rewerts racked up 23 kills with just four attack errors and she also had one dig. Thomsen came through with 15 kills against just four errors and she also chipped in four digs.
Morgan Tupper delivered her usual outstanding all-around performance with 33 assists, 14 digs, five kills, three aces on 18 of 19 serving and one block. Amanda Fortmann added 21 assists, eight digs and two aces and Ellie Gray 22 digs, four assists and one ace.
Jaeden Heintz came through with 13 digs and two aces and Madison Stevens went 21 of 21 serving with two aces and tacked on five digs. Kelby Rewerts finished with eight kills and two digs; Mikayla Long had six kills, three digs and two aces and Sydney Mosinski five kills, three blocks and one assist.
NEVADA - Nevada assured itself of tying for the best record in the Heart of Iowa Conference with an impressive sweep of Gilbert Oct. 9 at the Nevada High School Field House.
Nevada took down last year’s conference champions by scores of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-16 to finish 6-1 in the HOIC and improve to 19-14 overall.
“We had a lot of fun playing tonight,” Nevada outside hitter Kacie Rewerts said. “We were able to work on a lot of different parts of our offense because our defense was so great tonight.”
Rewerts said maintaining the right level of enthusiasm was key to the Cubs’ success.
“We really talked about pressure and what number we’re at,” Rewerts said. “If you play at a 10, you’re super-hyped. If you play at a one, you’re chill. You want to be at a good number of your energy, so we really focused on that tonight.”
The Cubs were precise with both their attack and serving. They had a .376 kill-efficiency rate with 42 kills and only 10 errors in 85 attacks and went 70 of 73 serving with 15 aces.
Rewerts was a force at the net with 18 kills and only two errors on 31 attacks. She also had one block and dig apiece.
Hannah Thomsen stepped up with seven kills from the right side and Kelby Rewerts backed up her younger sister on the outside with six kills, three digs, one block and one assist. Sydney Mosinski continued to surge in her first year at middle hitter for Nevada, producing five kills and four of the team’s eight blocks.
“I had big shoes to fill because Hattie (Rhodes) left,” Mosinski said about taking over in the middle for the Cubs. “But it’s been a lot of fun.”
Nevada’s other middle hitter, Mikayla Long, finished with two kills and three digs.
Amanda Fortmann turned in a strong night at setter and she was also the team’s top server.
Fortmann dished out 18 assists, splitting the setting duties with Morgan Tupper, who also handed out 18 assists.
“Morgan and I have been working hard with (assistant coach) Jonny (Sneidermand),” Fortmann said. “Just working out things we needed to fix and get better on.”
Fortmann went a perfect 16 of 16 serving with six aces. Her best streak came in the second set, when she sparked a 9-0 run that including three aces.
“I think it just helps for me personally to get my serves in when we’re all upbeat and working hard,” Fortmann said.
Fortmann also had three digs and one kill. Tupper chipped in 13 digs, three kills, three aces and two blocks.
Ellie Gray went 12 of 12 serving with four aces and also came up with eight digs and two assists. Madison Stevens had seven digs and two aces on 10 of 10 serving and Jaeden Heintz chipped in four digs and one assist.
The Cubs ended up tying North Polk for first in the final standings after the Comets beat Roland-Story on Oct. 11. By virtue of defeating North Polk head to head, Nevada was officially awarded the conference championship according to the conference bylaws.
Gilbert fell to 18-26 overall and finished 4-3 in the conference.