Colo-NESCO outlasts Collins-Maxwell, Nevada gets two HOIC victories in area volleyball

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Colo-NESCO's Jenna Hill (13), Sophia Piziali (22) and Rylie Handsaker (27) celebrate a point during the Royals' five-set victory over Collins-Maxwell Oct. 7 at Colo.

Nevada scored a pair of Heart of Iowa Conference victories and Colo-NESCO knocked off Iowa Star Conference South Division rival Collins-Maxwell in an exciting five-set thriller during area high school volleyball action last week.

Nevada thumped Saydel by scores of 25-9, 25-12 and 25-18 Oct. 5 at the Nevada High School Field House. They swept Greene County by 25-14, 25-15 and 25-13 scores Oct. 7 at Greene County.

The two victories put Nevada at 17-19 on the season and 5-1 in the HOIC.

Colo-NESCO won an absolute war against Collins-Maxwell. The Royals won the first set, 25-21, lost the next two in 29-27 and 25-23 thrillers, won the fourth by a comfortable 25-18 margin then eked out a 19-17 victory in an exciting rally game.

The victory put the Royals at 2-3 in the ISC South and 5-15 overall. Colo-NESCO also was swept by Ankeny Christian Academy, 25-5 and 25-10, Grand View Christian, 25-10 and 25-12, during a triangular Oct. 4 in Ankeny.

Here is what we learned from Nevada and Colo-NESCO's performances last week:

Nevada offense rolls

Nevada had a tremendous efficiency on offense in both decisive victories. The Cubs had a 43.4 % kill efficiency against Greene County with 43 kills against 10 errors and a 38 % against Saydel with 40 kills and 10 errors.

Mady Gibson did a wonderful job running the Cub attack. She had 36 assists against Greene County and 30 versus Saydel.

Mady Gibson

The Cubs had great balance from their hitters over the two matches. 

Lily Goos had 14 kills and Shelbi Hazlitt 13 against Greene County. Emma Strottman added seven and Mayzi Weig 6.

Against Saydel Weig had nine kills, Hazlitt and Maddie Dunham eight apiece, Isabelle Nelson six, Goos five and Strottman four.

Cub serving also clicks

Nevada combined for 25 aces over the two matches. The Cubs had 15 against Saydel and 10 versus Greene County.

Dunham went off for seven aces in the win over Saydel. Weig added four and Gibson and Hazlitt two apiece.

Reagan Davis stepped up with four aces against Greene County. Weig and Dakota Hendricks each chipped in two and Gibson and Dunham both had one.

Colo-NESCO finds a way

Colo-NESCO easily could have collapsed against Collins-Maxwell after dropping the second and third sets in such dramatic fashion.

Colo-NESCO libero Molly Seyller goes for a dig during the Royals' five-set victory over Collins-Maxwell Oct. 7 in Colo

But the Royals regrouped strong to turn in a decisive performance in the fourth set and force the rally game. In the rally game they scrapped and clawed their way to an exciting victory that bodes well for the future of a program that won only two matches a year ago.

"I'm just really proud of my team," Colo-NESCO outside hitter Jenna Hill said. "If we play with confidence and play with energy we can win. That really showed tonight." 

Hill and fellow senior Izabell Voelker did a great job setting the tone for Colo-NESCO in the match. They made life easy for first-year head coach Karissa Rempe, with Hill going for 23 kills on 33 % efficiency and adding 13 digs and Voelker handing out 35 assists and coming up big in the back row with 22 digs.

"We didn't have to do a whole lot of rebuilding since I was an assistant last year, but the girls have put in the effort," Rempe said. "They deserved this win."

Junior Rylie Handsaker stepped up with 13 kills and sophomore Sydney Ingle added five for the Royals. Handsaker and Sophia Piziali both had two blocks and Molly Seyller came up with 16 digs at the libero.

Piziali and Rebekah Nessa both added three aces serving for the Royals.