Cub volleyball team goes 5-1 at Nevada Invitational: Nevada sweeps West Marshall in HOIC match

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Mayzi Weig

The Nevada volleyball team turned in an impressive 5-1 showing at the Nevada Invitational Saturday.

The Cubs showed they are one of the better volleyball teams in Class 3A despite their 12-15 record. 

They swept Carroll (21-9, 21-15), Des Moines Lincoln (21-1, 21-10) and Van Meter (21-13, 21-13) and topped Ballard in a three-set battle, coming back from a 21-15 loss in the opening set to take the second by a 21-13 score then win the rally game, 16-14.

The biggest win of the tournament for Nevada came against Bondurant-Farrar. The Cubs rebounded from a 21-16 loss in the opening set to win a 21-19 thriller in the second then claim a 15-13 victory in the rally game to knock off the No. 6 team in Class 4A.

Nevada's only loss of the tournament came at the hands of Dallas Center-Grimes. The Cubs were swept by scores of 21-13 and 21-12.

Nevada also defeated West Marshall in a Heart of Iowa Conference match with a 25-22, 25-13, 25-22 sweep Sept. 20 at State Center. That victory put the Cubs at 2-1 in the conference.

Here are key takeaways from Nevada's strong performance during the week:

Cubs show potential in B-F match

Nevada showed how good of a team it could be Saturday with the victory Bondurant-Farrar.

The Cubs dominated the net against a top 4A school They had a 25.9 % kill-efficiency rate and put up 13 blocks to Bondurant-Farrar's six.

Nevada showed great balance in its attack as well. Shelbi Hazlitt had seven kills and four blocks, Emma Strottman seven kills, Mayzi Weig six kills and two blocks, Maddie Dunham four kills and two blocks and Lily Goos two kills and blocks apiece.

Dunham also had 13 digs. Dakota Hendricks added 14 digs and Mady Gibson was excellent running the show after handing out 25 assists.

Dunham and Weig are on fire

Maddie Dunham

Dunham and Weig had fantastic tournament for Nevada.

Dunham finished with 47 digs, 22 kills and 12 aces. Weig recorded 31 kills, 26 digs and five aces.

Hazlitt added 36 kills and 12 blocks. Gibson dished out 103 assists and Hendricks compiled 53 digs.

Cubs keep HOIC title hopes alive

Nevada will need Roland-Story to slip up once in conference play to earn a share of the conference title. 

It is unlikely Roland-Story will lose in a conference dominated by the Norse and Cubs over the previous two seasons. But Nevada did its part to stay in the conference title conversation with the victory at West Marshall.

Mady Gibson

Gibson had 28 assists and 10 digs, Weig 12 kills, 10 digs and two blocks and Hazlitt 10 kills, five blocks and four aces against the Trojans. Hendricks tacked on 10 digs and Goos four blocks and three kills.