Nevada goes 2-4 at WSR Invite, sweeps South Hamilton for HOIC win: C-N drops two ISC matches
The Nevada volleyball team hammered South Hamilton in a Heart of Iowa Conference match and went 2-4 at the Go-Hawk Invitational in Waverly last week.
Colo-NESCO fell in two Iowa Star Conference South Division matches against North Tama and GMG over the previous two weeks.
Nevada swept South Hamilton by scores of 25-17, 25-12 and 25-21 Sept. 28 at Jewell. The victory put the Cubs at 3-1 in the HOIC.
On Saturday Nevada swept Crestwood (25-15, 25-16) and Cedar Rapids Jefferson (25-23, 25-14). The Cubs lost to Union in three sets — winning the second, 22-20, after suffering a 21-16 loss in the first set and then going on to lose the rally game by a 15-8 margin — and they were swept by Denver (21-8, 21-15), Osage (21-14, 21-15) and Waverly-Shell Rock (21-12, 21-3).
All four Cub losses at Waverly came against ranked teams. Union is ranked 15th in 3A, Denver seventh and Osage 13th in 2A and WSR sixth in 4A.
Nevada concluded the Waverly tournament with a 15-19 overall record.
Colo-NESCO dropped to 4-13 overall and 1-3 in the ISC South following the losses to North Tama and GMG.
North Tama, the No. 13 team in 1A swept the Royals by scores of 25-13, 25-15 and 25-15. Colo-NESCO was dealt 25-20, 25-17 and 25-18 setbacks by GMG.
No stats were available for the Colo-NESCO matches at press time.
Here is what we learned from how Nevada performed last week:
Cubs need to take the next step
Nevada took care of business against South Hamilton, Crestwood and Cedar Rapids Jefferson. But the Cubs need to start getting over the hump against ranked teams if they are to make a state-tournament push.
Nevada allowed Union (33.3 %) and Denver (30.2 %) to have kill-efficiency rates over 30 % and the Cubs got nothing going at all against Waverly-Shell Rock. Nevada's 20 % efficiency against Denver was the only one of the four matches it was above 16 % and the Cubs were only at 1.9 % against Osage and 5.6 % versus Waverly-Shell Rock.
The Cubs must improve at the net if they hope to take down the top teams in the postseason.
Weig on a roll
Nevada outside hitter Mayzi Weig has really come on once she started going all six rotations midway through the season.
Weig continued to click over the past week despite the stiff competition.
Over the seven Cub matches Weig recorded 35 kills and 28 digs.
Gibson and Hendricks doing their jobs
Mady Gibson has settled in at setter and Dakota Hendricks is emerging as one of the best freshmen liberos in the state.
Gibson handed out 108 assists over the seven matches. Hendricks accumulated 60 digs.
Hendricks and Maddie Dunham also did well serving the ball during the week. Henricks tallied 10 aces and Dunham finished with 15.