Royals struggle at South Hardin Invite

ELDORA – The Colo-Nesco volleyball team went through a rough day at the South Hardin Invitational Saturday as the Royals finished 0-4 in the tournament.

Colo-Nesco suffered a pair of losses to Greene County at the tournament. The Royals also came up short against Grandview Park Baptist and Gladbrook-Reinbeck, falling to 5-8 on the season.

The Royals lost to Greene County in three sets during one match and they were swept in the other.

In the three-set match Colo-Nesco came back from a 21-13 loss in the opening set to claim a hard-fought 21-19 victory in the second. The Royals were unable to carry the momentum from that win into the rally game, though, as Greene County rolled to a 15-5 victory to win the match.

Colo-Nesco struggled with its attack in the loss, totaling just eight kills and 10 errors in 30 attacks. They also went without an ace in 35 serves.

Caitlyn Riese finished with three kills and Hannah Buseman, Brandi Erickson, McKenna Farren, Tabitha Halferty and Melanie Van Loon chipped in one apiece for the Royals in the loss. Riese also had five digs and three blocks, Buseman finished with seven digs, Erickson had eight, Farren finished with three and Halferty picked up one.

Farren and Brittnee Packer also dished out four assists apiece.

Colo-Nesco was swept by scores of 21-9 and 22-20 in its other match with Greene County. The Royals had eight kills against five errors and they went 30 of 32 serving, but again had no aces.

Riese had another successful outing in defeat as she picked up five kills, three digs and three blocks. Buseman, Madison Farren and Halferty each added one kill apiece and Halferty also delivered a block.

Buseman, Erickson and McKenna finished with five digs apiece and Shayla Dean added four. McKenna delivered four assists and Packer handed out three.

Colo-Nesco’s most competitive match came against Gladbrook-Reinbeck. The Royals rallied from a 21-11 opening-set loss to win the second by a 21-16 score and they nearly took the rally game before falling by a 15-12 score.

Riese ended up with nine kills and five blocks and Kylie Sarver came away with 11 digs and two aces in the loss. Buseman had five digs and one kill; Madison totaled five digs, two blocks and one kill and McKenna delivered six digs, three assists and one ace.

The Royals didn’t find much success against Grandview Park Baptist. The Royals only totaled four kills all match, losing by scores of 21-12 and 21-10 to the fifth-ranked team in Class 1A.

Buseman, Madison, McKenna and Van Loon each had one kill and Riese finished with two blocks in the loss. McKenna and Packer each handed out one assist apiece and Buseman had four digs.

Sarver led Colo-Nesco in digs versus Grandview Park Baptist with eight and Dean tacked on seven.

COLO – Colo-Nesco opened Iowa Star Conference play with a sweep over CAL Sept. 12 in Colo.

The Royals were in complete control from start to finish, winning by scores of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-18 to improve to 5-4 overall and get off to a 1-0 start in conference play. Colo-Nesco had a strong .296 kill-efficiency rate with 27 kills and 11 errors in 54 attacks and the Royals also served the ball well, going 70 of 73 with eight aces.

Caitlyn Riese turned in a monster match at middle blocker. She slammed home 16 kills, picked up six blocks and went 13 of 13 serving with three aces.

Madison Farren also performed well at the net as she finished with six kills and two blocks. Tabitha Halferty and Sam Riese added two kills apiece and Sam also finished with a pair of blocks.

Kylie Sarver led Colo-Nesco in digs with 11 and McKenna Farren finished with 18 assists and four digs. McKenna also went an impressive 24 of 24 serving the ball with one ace.

Brittnee Packer tacked on eight assists, three digs, one kill and one ace and Hannah Buseman had five digs and one ace for the Royals.