GRUNDY CENTER - The Grundy Center volleyball team marched on, as did South Tama County.
The collision course in the NICL West Division remained intact as both squads stayed unbeaten in conference play Tuesday night. The Spartans dispatched East Marshall in three sets, while STC stopped BCLUW in four.
Grundy Center, ranked sixth in Class 2A, is bidding for its fifth consecutive NICL West title, while South Tama is the primarily obstacle standing in the Spartans' way.
East Marshall got swept by Grundy Center on Tuesday, falling in three straight, 25-10, 25-12, 25-19. The Spartans (20-7, 5-0) were led by Kayla Mathews with 13 kills, while Katie Lindeman had eight kills and Kennedy Buss six.
Lindeman served 16-for-16, Noel Saak was 14-for-14, Peyton Ralston was 15-for-17 and Alyssa Mathews went 9-for-9. Each of them recorded four aces as Grundy Center's NICL West Division win streak grew to 31 matches and 82 straight sets.
Riley Sents racked up 22 digs, Ralston had 14 assists and 11 digs, and Alyssa Mathews had 10 assists.
East Marshall (3-14, 0-6) was led by Claire Johnson's four kills. Meriel Leavy and Kelsea Anderson both had two kills, while Leavy led the Mustangs with three blocks. Anderson served 10-for-10 with an ace, while Madisen Hinegardner went 8-for-8 with three aces as well as a team-leading six digs. Ashley Allen handed out 12 assists.
Grundy Center hosts South Hardin for a twice-rescheduled NICL West contest Thursday night, and the Spartans go to the Oskaloosa Tournament on Saturday. East Marshall's next outing is Saturday at the BCLUW Tournament.
South Tama 3, BCLUW 1
TAMA - The South Tama volleyball squad remained unbeaten in NICL West Division play despite dropping the first set to BCLUW on Tuesday night. The Trojans rallied to win 24-26, 25-22, 25-14, 25-23.
No statistics were available at press time for South Tama (15-10, 6-0), which is off until Tuesday's showdown with Grundy Center to determine the conference crown.
BCLUW (9-13, 3-3) was led by Kendall Scurr with seven kills and Olivia Callaway with six. Nicolette Simpson tallied nine assists and Bobbi Paper had seven. Mallory Vawter's 14 digs paced the Comet defense, while Nicole Montgomery, Hannah Sams and Callaway each recorded four blocks.
Simpson served 17-for-18 with an ace while Paper was 15-for-15 to lead the Comets behind the line.
BCLUW visits cross-divisional foe Aplington-Parkersburg on Thursday night before hosting its second tournament of the fall on Saturday.
West Marshall 3, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 2
STATE CENTER - West Marshall withstood Gladbrook-Reinbeck's comeback with a thrilling five-set victory in NICL West play, prevailing 25-27, 25-20, 25-17, 23-25, 16-14.
Brandy Wilkey led West Marshall (14-19, 1-5) with 15 kills and Morgan Hopper had 13 more. Alarie Craven racked up 46 assists, was 26-for-26 serving with four aces, and also had 12 digs. Claire Underwood led the defense with 29 digs and Blair Baley added 12 digs.
Mackenzie Coberly served 14-for-14 with four aces and Jennifer Davis was 12-for-12 with two aces. Gabby Reyerson charted three blocks - all in the deciding fifth set.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck (7-19, 2-4) was paced by Britney Keller's 17 kills. Bailea Evenson had 14 kills, Ellie Stoakes added 13 and Hanna Christopher 12. Setter Jenny Schildroth totaled 47 assists, while Alyssa Christopher totaled 30 digs. Taylor Weida, Hanna Christopher and Stoakes each had a team-high three blocks, while Weida served 21-for-22. Keller and Schildroth both served 19-for-20.
The Rebels are at BCLUW's tournament Saturday, while West Marshall is off until Tuesday's conference match at East Marshall.
AGWSR 3, South Hardin 1
ELDORA - The Cougars lost the opening set but rallied behind 14 kills and 28 digs from Madison Fryslie and 11 kills and 26 assists from Danielle Henning.
AGWSR won the match 18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 26-24 to improve to 7-18 overall and 3-4 in NICL West Division play. The loss dropped South Hardin to 9-14 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
Ashley Sicard also had nine kills, 12 digs and two aces for the Cougars, who won for the first time in five matches. Taylor Steinfeldt added eight kills and two aces, Alexa Johnson chipped in seven kills, six digs and three blocks and Kim Ellingson added five kills, 19 assists and 14 digs in the victory. Olivia Ingledue led AGWSR in digs with 34.
The Cougars served 81-for-92 but with seven aces.
Statistics for South Hardin were not available at press time.
The Tigers next travel to Class 2A No. 6 Grundy Center on Thursday. AGWSR is next in action Saturday at the Hudson Tournament.
Waterloo Christian 3, GMG 1
GARWIN - The Wolverines dropped three straight games after taking the opening set of an Iowa Star Conference match on Tuesday night.
Waterloo Christian turned away the Wolverines 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 despite eight kills, six digs and two aces from Caitlin Appelgate. It was the fourth straight loss for GMG.
Olivia Barritt also had eight kills and seven digs, while Mikaella Koster finished with five aces, three kills and seven assists. Jennifer Borota finished with a team-high 11 digs.
GMG (4-10, 2-5) next faces rival Colo-NESCO in Colo at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Don Bosco 3, Colo-NESCO 1
GILBERTVILLE - Caitlyn Riese had 16 kills, eight digs and two blocks but it was not enough as Don Bosco defeated the Royals 25-19, 23-25, 25-9, 25-6 at home in an Iowa Star Conference matchup.
McKenna Farren also had nine assists, three aces and was 18-for-18 in serves for Colo-NESCO.
The Royals (10-11, 4-2) host GMG on Thursday.