REINBECK - The beat goes on, even if Grundy Center coach Darwin Sents' heart skipped one.
The Class 2A No. 6-ranked Spartans ran their NICL West Division wins streak to 30 straight matches and 79 consecutive sets despite a surge from Gladbrook-Reinbeck late in the third set of Tuesday's conference pairing.
The Spartans still swept the Rebels, 25-16, 25-17, 26-24, but the third game was a little close for Sents' comfort.
"We kind of struggled to put that one away and G-R made it close," said Sents. "Thankfully we were able to pull that one out."
Grundy Center (17-4, 4-0) played without one of its leading hitters due to an injury, but it wasn't enough to give Gladbrook-Reinbeck an edge as the Rebels (6-14, 2-3) suffered their fifth straight defeat after a winless weekend trip to the Boone Invitational.
Katie Lindeman led the way for Grundy Center on this night, knocking down 10 kills. Alyssa Mathews totaled eight kills, 16 digs and 10 assists, while Kennedy Buss tallied six kills and three total blocks.
Peyton Ralston finished with 15 assists and was Grundy Center's leading server, going 19-for-20 with three aces. Noel Saak and Piper Johanns both served 15-for-15, including three aces for Saak, and Riley Sents was 12-for-14 with three aces. Sents also led the defense with 39 digs, while Brittany VanSickle contributed seven digs and Hana Edgerton had one block.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck was led by Britney Keller's eight kills, while Ellie Stoakes had six and Shelton Hatch four. Jenny Schildroth totaled 20 assists and eight digs, while Alyssa Christopher had 11 digs and Hayley Weber added nine.
Bailea Evenson served 13-for-13 with two aces to lead the Rebels, while Hatch and Keller combined for G-R's only block.
Both teams return to the court Saturday at the Waverly-Shell Rock Tournament, both lining up in the same pool as Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Class 3A No. 6 Nevada, and the 4A No. 3-ranked host Go-Hawks. In the other pool will be 3A No. 4 Union Community, 3A No. 7 Mount Vernon, Crestwood, Dyersville Beckman and Mason City.
AGWSR 3, West Marshall 1
ACKLEY - The AGWSR volleyball team put together a balanced effort Tuesday in its NICL West Division matchup with West Marshall.
Madison Fryslie, Alexa Johnson and Ashley Sicard led at the net as the Cougars recorded 50 kills and had just 20 hitting errors during a four-game win over the Trojans. AGWSR won the match 27-25, 25-16, 14-25, 25-12.
Fryslie and Johnson both collected 12 kills to lead the way, while Sicard added 11 and Taylor Steinfeldt also finished with nine kills.
Danielle Henning (25) and Kim Ellingson (17) combined for 42 of the team's 44 assists for AGWSR (6-14, 2-3). West Marshall dropped to 0-4 in league play and 9-18 overall.
Olivia Ingledue had a team-high 22 digs to lead the Cougars. Henning served up a team-high five aces, while Johnson had four and Ellingson three. Ellingson and Henning were both 18-of-19 on the night.
Brandy Wilkey led West Marshall with 21 kills, while Jennifer Davis added eight kills and three blocks. Alarie Craven dished out 40 assists, Claire Underwood collected 29 digs and two aces and Mackenzie Coberly was 20-for-20 in serving with an ace. Craven finished 15-for-15 in serving with an ace as well. Morgan Hopper also had six kills, while Coberly, Craven and Wilkey had six digs each.
The Trojans will next play in the Madrid Tournament on Saturday. They will be grouped in the same pool as Colo-NESCO, Colfax-Mingo and Collins-Maxwell-Baxter. The other pool includes Madrid, Van Meter, Iowa Christian Academy and Ankeny Christian Academy. Action begins at 8:30 a.m.
West Marshall returns to NICL West play Tuesday when it hosts Gladbrook-Reinbeck at 7:30 p.m.
AGWSR next plays in the Charles City Tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Cougars then travel to NICL West rival South Hardin on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. conference match.
South Tama 3, East Marshall 0
LE GRAND - The South Tama County Trojans remained unbeaten in NICL West Division play on Tuesday night when they knocked off rival East Marshall 25-21, 25-18, 25-20 on the road.
The loss kept the Mustangs (3-13, 0-5) winless in the NICL West. Kelsea Anderson led the way with four kills, two blocks and nine digs for East Marshall, while Claire Johnson added three kills and five blocks.
Sam Earley finished with a team-high five kills and was 8-of-9 in serving with two aces. Ashley Allen added a team-best 10 assists and was 15-for-16 behind the service line with three aces, while Haley Long collected seven digs, three aces and three assists in the loss. Madison Hinegardner recorded eight digs as well.
Final statistics for South Tama (14-7, 5-0) were not available at press time. The Trojans return to the court Saturday when they play in the Cedar Rapids Prairie Tournament at 9 a.m.
East Marshall heads to NICL West co-leader Grundy Center on Tuesday. First serve is slated for 7:30 p.m.
North Tama 3, GMG 0
TRAER - Sara Howard had a team-high 12 kills, nine digs and was a perfect 15-for-15 in serving with two aces as the Redhawks beat GMG 25-16, 25-15, 25-11 here Tuesday in an Iowa Star Conference match.
Josie Youel also had nine kills, six digs and two aces in the win, while Molly Dvorak and Whitney Pokorny each had six kills.
Anna Kvidera delivered 22 assists and Shayla Kopriva finished with eight digs and seven aces. The Redhawks (12-9, 2-4) were 69-of-75 from behind the service line with 16 aces in the victory.
GMG (4-9, 3-4) was led by Olivia Barritt's five kills and three solo blocks. Mikaella Koster also had two aces, three kills, five assists and five digs in the loss, while Jennifer Borota and Mackenzie Burt finished with 10 and six digs, respectively.
North Tama next plays at Iowa Star Conference rival Meskwaki Settlement School Tuesday with first serve scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Colo-NESCO 3, Meskwaki 0
MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT - Colo-NESCO racked up 20 service aces on its way to a three-set sweep of the Meskwaki Warriors in Iowa Star Conference action.
McKenna Farren served 19-for-19 with five aces, and Brittnee Packer was 12-for-14 with three aces for the visiting Royals (8-9, 4-1). Sam Riese also had five aces and Shayla Dean had three more.
Caitlyn Riese led C-N at the net with four kills and Madison Farren added two more.
The Royals are at the Madrid Tournament on Saturday, while Meskwaki (0-14, 0-6) hosts Don Bosco on Thursday night.
Clarksville 3, GMG 1
CLARKSVILLE - The Wolverines played four competitive games with Clarksville on Monday night but only managed to win one of them as Clarksville took the Iowa Star Conference win 25-22, 30-28, 23-25, 25-23.
Caitlin Appelgate had a team-high 15 kills and five aces and Barritt finished with nine kills, three blocks, four digs and two assists to lead the Wolverines, who have dropped three straight after winning three in a row.
Clarksville improved to 4-14 after the loss.
Koster collected a team-high 15 digs and also had seven assists and three aces, while Borota and Abigail Duden both had 10 digs. Burt also dished out 14 assists and had nine digs in the loss. Peyton Mannan served up four aces and had 12 digs as well.
GMG next hosts Waterloo Christian (7-12) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.