No. 5 Cubs claim HOIC title

Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
No. 5 Cubs claim HOIC title

NEVADA - There was no denying Nevada a third consecutive unbeaten Heart of Iowa Conference championship Monday.

The Cubs, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, whipped a formerly rated North Polk squad in three sets to improve to 34-9 and cap a 9-0 run through the HOIC.

Nevada scored a 25-18 victory in the first set. The Cubs jumped out to a 7-1 lead and got up by as many as 10 at 22-12.

North Polk closed within 22-17, but an Abby Stephenson kill stemmed the Comets’ momentum and the Cubs closed out the victory.

In the second set, North Polk pushed Nevada early as the Cubs clung to a 7-6 lead. But they quickly got clicking, stretching their advantage to 19-10 and never letting up in a 25-12 win.

A strong finish in the third set helped Nevada finish off North Polk. The Cubs broke a 14-14 tie with a Kati Cassabaum kill and then increased their edge to 17-14 before North Polk called a timeout.

The Comets hung around for a little bit after that. But Nevada went on a 7-0 run to end the match.

Amaris Hornbuckle had two aces and Alli Fey stepped up with three kills and a block down the final stretch to close out a 25-18 victory.

For the match Nevada had a strong .301 kill-efficiency rate with 40 kills and nine errors in 103 attacks. The Cubs were an excellent 72 of 74 serving with eight aces and they also picked up 59 digs and nine blocks as a team.

Kati Cassabaum and Abby Stephenson turned in outstanding all-around matches and Alli Fey stepped up with a big night at right-side hitter.

Cassabaum totaled 10 kills, five digs, three blocks, one ace and one assist. Stephenson had nine kills, 15 digs, two aces and one block.

Fey stepped up with eight kills and only one error in 16 attacks. She also delivered five digs and two blocks.

Amaris Hornbuckle and Mara Rhodes came through with six kills apiece. Hornbuckle registered 10 digs and went 13 of 13 serving with three aces and Rhodes chipped in one block.

Michaela Matuska handed out 36 assists. She also produced five digs, two blocks, a pair of aces and one kill. Chloe Davis contributed 13 digs from the libero position.

WINTERSET - Nevada continued its mastery of the Winterset Invitational Saturday in Winterset as the Cubs won the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.

Nevada defeated Creston and Norwalk in the championship round and Winterset, Chariton and Gilbert in pool play to claim the tournament championship for the sixth time in seven years.

In the championship round Nevada rolled Norwalk, then outlasted Creston in a three-set battle.

The Cubs took down Norwalk by scores of 25-16 and 25-7. They had 23 kills and only six errors in 74 attacks for a .230 kill-efficiency rate and they also went an outstanding 48 of 49 serving with five aces.

Kati Cassabaum had 11 kills and only two errors and she also produced seven digs and three aces for Nevada in the win. Amaris Hornbuckle came through with five kills and three digs, Mara Rhodes had three kills and one block, Alli Fey totaled three kills and Abby Stephenson finished with 12 digs, two aces and one kill for Nevada.

Michaela Matuska produced 21 assists and two digs and Chloe Davis had 11 digs against the Warriors.

Nevada had to withstand a poor second set to get by a Creston team rated No. 15 in 3A. The Cubs won the opening set by a 25-20 score, but then fell by a 25-14 margin to force a rally game.

In the rally game Nevada prevailed by a 15-10 score to claim the match and secure the championship. The Cubs had a .102 kill-efficiency rate with 31 kills and 20 errors in 108 attacks and they also went 47 of 53 serving with five aces and added 45 digs and five blocks.

Cassabaum had nine kills, five blocks, three digs and two aces against Creston. Stephenson tallied eight kills, seven digs and one assist and Hornbuckle finished with six kills, three digs and one ace.

Rhodes and Fey registered three kills apiece and Davis and Caroline Wagner each came through with one versus the Panthers. Davis also had 19 digs and went 20 of 20 serving with two aces and Wagner came up with three digs.

Matuska handed out 28 assists and totaled four digs and Megan Anderson chipped in five digs against Creston.

Winterset was Nevada’s stiffest competition in pool play. The Cubs had to claw out a 22-20 victory in the first set against the Huskies; then they earned a 21-12 win to pull off the sweep.

Cassabaum had seven kills, two blocks, two digs and one ace and Rhodes finished with five kills, one assist and one dig versus Winterset. Stephenson recorded five digs and three kills, Hornbuckle had two digs and one kill and Fey registered one kill and dig apiece.

Matuska added 15 assists, four digs, two aces and one block. Davis wound up with eight digs and one ace, Anderson put up four digs and Wagner chipped in three digs.

The Cubs took care of Chariton by scores of 21-14 and 21-13. They had 21 kills against 10 errors and were 37 of 41 serving with seven aces.

Cassabaum hammered down 10 kills and added three blocks and two digs and Stephenson tacked on seven kills and six digs. Fey finished with two kills and aces apiece and Rhodes and Hornbuckle each contributed two blocks and one kill.

Matuska delivered 21 assists, three digs and one ace, Davis had three aces and digs apiece, Wagner put up five digs and Anderson finished with two digs against the Chargers.

Heart of Iowa Conference rival Gilbert was no match for Nevada. The Cubs took the first set by a 21-14 score, then overwhelmed the Tigers by a 21-5 score in the second to complete the sweep.

Cassabaum had five kills, two digs, one block and one ace; Stephenson finished with three kills, five digs, two assists, one block and one ace and Matuska delivered 10 assists, three kills, three aces and two digs against the Tigers. Hornbuckle added two kills, two digs and an ace; Fey had one kill, assist, dig and block apiece and Davis put up four digs and one assist.

NEVADA - Nevada made short work of Colfax-Mingo and Saydel in a Heart of Iowa Conference triangular meet at the Nevada High School Field House Oct. 16.

The Cubs destroyed both the Tigerhawks and Eagles to clinch at least a share of the HOIC title with just one match remaining.

Nevada swept the Tigerhawks by scores of 25-3, 25-12 and 25-4. The Cubs had an outstanding .435 kill-efficiency rate with 37 kills and seven errors in 69 attacks and they also picked up a whopping 17 aces on a 70 of 73 serving performance.

Kati Cassabaum was an overpowering force at middle blocker against Colfax-Mingo as she hammered down 17 kills against just two attack errors and added a pair of blocks. Abby Stephenson picked up 13 digs, five kills and three assists and she also went 25 of 27 serving with six aces against Colfax-Mingo.

Michaela Matuska handed out 32 assists against the Tigerhawks. She also went 20 of 20 serving with five aces and chipped in four kills, three digs and one block.

Alli Fey came through with six kills and one block, Amaris Hornbuckle had three kills and five digs and Mara Rhodes chipped in two kills for Nevada. Chloe Davis added 10 digs in the back row and Megan Anderson ended up with three.

Nevada steamrolled over Saydel by scores of 25-5, 25-6 and 25-7. The Cubs were again strong at the net against the Eagles, recording a .383 kill-efficiency rate with 27 kills and only four errors in 60 attacks.

Cassabaum delivered 10 kills, five aces and three blocks and Stephenson had eight kills, nine digs, four aces, one block and one assist versus Saydel. Fey came up with four kills, two blocks and one ace; Hornbuckle recorded three kills, four digs and seven aces and Rhodes had two kills and one block.

Matuska produced 24 assists, five digs, two assists and one block versus Saydel. Caroline Wagner had eight digs, Davis finished with four and Anderson added two.