Takeaways from the Week 2 performances by the Nevada and Colo-NESCO volleyball teams
The No. 15 (Class 3A) Nevada volleyball team had another busy week with nine matches combined over the Mustang and Tiger Invitationals at Mount Vernon and Adel Sept. 2 and Saturday. The Cubs went 4-5 over the two tournaments to push their record to 5-9 overall. The Colo-NESCO volleyball team competed in just one meet — falling at Baxter in four sets Sept. 2. The Royals dropped to 3-5 overall and 0-1 in the Iowa Star Conference South Division. Here are key takeaways from the Cub and Royal performances:
Nevada is finding out a lot about itself early
Playing so many matches this early in the season gives Nevada plenty of things to work on to prepare for the Heart of Iowa Conference title race and eventually the post season. The Cubs are also facing several quality opponents to measure themselves against. They faced No. 2 (4A) Western Dubuque and No. 4 (Class 3A) Des Moines Christian at Mount Vernon.
Cubs post winning record at Adel
The Cubs went 3-2 at Adel with wins over Adel-Desoto-Minburn, Woodward-Granger and Atlantic. They came back from a 21-18 loss in the opening set versus A-D-M to win the next two by scores of 22-20 and 15-9. The Cubs opened with a 21-18 win over Woodward-Granger then rebounded from a 21-12 loss in the second set to win the rally game, 15-8. Nevada rallied from a 21-19 loss in the opening set to Atlantic by winning the rally game, 15-9.
Mount Vernon slate was tough
Nevada was swept by Western Dubuque (21-14, 21-19) and Wahlert Catholic (21-14, 21-18) at Mount Vernon. The Cubs also fell to Des Moines Christian despite a valiant effort, coming back from a 21-11 loss in the first set to take the second, 21-16, but falling in the rally game by a 15-13 score. The Cubs did sweep Columbus Catholic by scores of 21-13 and 21-19.
Nevada is taking advantage of its hectic early schedule to build depth
The Cubs got several players varsity meets during the week. Nevada had eight sophomores and freshmen see action during the week and 17 total players got in varsity games.
Several Cubs stand out
Nevada had several players step up during the week. Dakota Hendricks had 118 digs and 15 aces, Lily Goos 36 kills and 32 digs, Shelbi Hazlitt 24 kills and 14 blocks, Mady Gibson 114 assists, Emma DePenning 26 assists, Isabelle Nelson 14 kills and seven blocks and Maddie Dunham 13 aces.
Colo-NESCO shows potential in loss
Colo-NESCO showed it can be a quality team in its loss to Baxter. The Royals suffered competitive 25-20 and 26-24 losses in their first two sets, but dominated the third set with a 25-12 victory. They were unable to keep up the momentum in the third set, falling 25-14.
Royals trade aces for efficiency
Colo-NESCO was only successful on 82 % of its serves (64 of 78) against the Bolts. But the Royals did connect for 13 aces. If they can shore the accuracy up a little bit and keep a high ace total the Royals can start pulling out more close matches.
Hill and Voelker step up for Colo-NESCO
Jenna Hill turned in an excellent all-around match in defeat for Colo-NESCO. Hill had nine kills, six digs and one block. Izabell Voelker added 14 assists, seven aces on 22 of 25 serving and four digs.