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PREP VOLLEYBALL: State-ranked Spartans bounce back with sweep

September 12, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

GRUNDY CENTER - Class 1A top-ranked Grundy Center made easy work of conference rival AGWSR on Tuesday during NICL West action.

Senior hitter Sam Meyers finished with 19 kills, senior setter Heather Hook added 32 assists and sophomore libero Riley Sents contributed 32 digs as the Spartans bested AGWSR, 25-12, 25-12, 25-17.

"It's homecoming week so the girls came out fired up from the start," Grundy Center coach Darwin Sents said. "Our defense and serve receive were strong. We put an all-around good game together."

The Spartans rebounded from their first loss of the season Saturday against Class 3A No. 11 West Delaware. Grundy Center is now 10-1 on the year.

Meyers also had 11 digs, two aces and two blocks but more importantly had just two hitting errors. Hook chipped in five kills, two blocks, three aces and seven digs, while Noel Saak added five kills and two aces. Junior Kennedy Buss and sophomore Stephanie Faust each had four kills for the Spartans and sophomore Peyton Ralston grabbed nine digs and two aces.

Grundy Center served well on the night as well. Ralston was 13-for-13, Hook was 16-for-17, Meyers was 12-for-12 and Saak was 11-for-12. Coach Sents also said the Spartans had just 10 hitting errors on the night.

Senior Kristen Zacharias led AGWSR with seven kills and two blocks, while senior Shelbi Nederhoff and senior Ella Frazier also had five kills each. Frazier also finished with 11 digs.

Senior Jayne Wiarda led the Cougars in serving at 12-for-12 and also finished with a team-high 15 assists. Junior Olivia Ingledue added a team-high 14 digs. AGWSR was 40-for-44 in serving on the night.

The Spartans will next play in a triangular at Denver on Thursday. Grundy Center will face both Denver and Dubuque Senior. Action starts at 5:30 p.m.

AGWSR next plays at the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Tournament on Saturday. Games begin at 9 a.m.

West Marshall 3, BCLUW 0

CONRAD - West Marshall (8-6, 2-1) volleyball defeated NICL West opponent BCLUW (2-8, 1-3) on Tuesday night. The Trojans defeated the Comets in three sets, claiming a 25-21, 25-15, 25-20 road win.

The Trojans were led by Kaitlyn Nichols with three aces and 10 kills. McKenna Hotopp added 18 digs and 10 kills. Alarie Craven led the team with 26 assists. Whitney Benson had 10 kills and Clair Underwood had 10 digs.

Olivia Callaway led the Comets with six kills and also had five digs and two aces. Reeba Box and Kendall Scurr each had five kills. Box added a team-high 13 digs, while Scurr added seven digs.

Nicolette Simpson had 11 assists, six digs and was 8-for-8 in serves. Scurr also finished with three aces, while both Raelynn Aicher and Nicole Montgomery added seven digs.

West Marshall will face South Tama next Tuesday in a conference matchup. BCLUW heads to Reinbeck on Saturday to play in the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Tournament beginning at 9 a.m.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck 3, East Marshall 1

REINBECK - The East Marshall volleyball squad lost a four-game match to Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Tuesday as the Rebels won 25-17, 25-21, 20-25, 25-14.

Britney Keller led the Rebels (4-5, 1-2) with 17 kills while Ellie Stoakes had 10 and Shelton Hatch eight. Jenny Schildroth totaled 22 assists, Erin Wentzien led with 17 digs, and G-R served a combined 88-for-94 with 10 aces. Hatch was 21-for-21 with four aces to lead the way.

Claire Johnson led the Mustangs (1-8, 0-3) with 20 digs and 10 kills, while Katie Roseland added a team-high 25 digs, five kills and four blocks. Haley Long was 11-for-11 in serves and finished with 15 digs and 14 assists, and Madisen Hinegardner contributed 24 digs. Callie Roseland delivered 14 assists, while Ashley Allen and Sam Earley each scored five kills.

Johnson ended up 12-for-12 in serves with one ace, Earley was 13-for-14 with an ace and Allen was 8-for-8.

East Marshall returns to Reinbeck this weekend when it takes part in the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Tournament, which begins at 9 a.m.



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