GARWIN - The Collins-Maxwell volleyball team earned the program’s first-ever tournament championship with a 4-0 showing at the GMG Invitational Saturday in Garwin.
Collins-Maxwell defeated Waterloo Christian, Meskwaki and GMG in pool play, then downed GMG again in the championship match to improve to 5-1 on the season.
In the championship match, Collins-Maxwell swept GMG by scores of 25-17 and 25-22. The Spartans took down the Wolverines by 25-16 and 25-9 scores in pool play.
During the title match, Collins-Maxwell had a .232 kill-efficiency rate with 17 kills and just four errors in 56 attacks. The Spartans also racked up an impressive 12 blocks and went 40 of 49 serving with two aces.
Josie Wierson had six kills, three digs and one block; Brianda Bane totaled four kills and digs apiece and Gracie Cheville added five kills for Collins-Maxwell in the championship match. Trinity Stover tacked on two blocks and Jillian Holst two kills and one ace.
Katie Camp handed out five assists and came up with one block and ace apiece in the title win. Hannah Caple led Collins-Maxwell defensively with 11 digs.
In its win over GMG in pool play, Collins-Maxwell put up 12 kills and five errors in 28 attacks and added 12 blocks and 10 aces.
Bane had seven kills, four blocks and two aces in the pool play win over GMG. Wierson ended up with two kills, two blocks and four aces; Cheville two kills one block and one ace and Stover one kill and block apiece.
Camp had 11 assists and one ace and Caple three digs versus GMG in pool play. Holst tacked on two aces, one dig and one block.
Collins-Maxwell won a 25-23 squeaker in its first set with Waterloo Christian. The Spartans then dominated the second by a 25-8 margin.
Cheville and Holst produced three kills apiece and Bane and Wierson each added two versus Waterloo Christian. Cheville added three digs and two aces, Holst two digs and two blocks, Bane four blocks and one ace and Wierson one block, dig and ace apiece.
Camp finished with six assists and two aces, Caple four digs and one ace, Stover two blocks and Jaden Camp one block.
The Spartans downed Meskwaki by decisive 25-10 and 25-11 scores. Bane finished with five kills, three blocks, three aces and one dig and Katie Camp six assists and five aces against the Warriors.
Wierson and Cheville each had three kills and Stover one versus Meskwaki. Wierson also put up two digs and one ace, Cheville two aces and Stover one block.
Camp handed out nine assists and came up with two aces against the Warriors. Caple totaled six digs and five aces and Holst one dig, one assist, one block and one ace.
COLLINS - Collins-Maxwell celebrated its first home match in program history with a sweep of Waterloo Christian Sept. 7 in Collins.
The Spartans were supposed to play in the newly-renovated gym at Collins-Maxwell High School in Maxwell, but the bleachers were not put in yet so the game was moved to the middle school in Collins. It made no difference as the Spartans sent an enthusiastic crowd home happy with 25-17, 25-9 and 25-21 victories.
Collins-Maxwell dropped a five-set war with Ogden in its opening match on Aug. 28 at Ogden. After a 10-day rest, the Spartans were a little rusty against Waterloo Christian, but they easily overcame the sluggishness to overpower the Regents.
“We didn’t come out as strong as we hoped to,” Spartan setter Katie Camp said, “but I feel like it was a good win and a strong start to the season.”
The Spartans jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the first set behind four consecutive aces by Jillian Holst. Waterloo Christian kept within six late, but a Regent error closed out a 25-17 Collins-Maxwell win.
The second set saw Collins-Maxwell in top form. The Spartans dominated from start to finish, with Brianda Bane providing a big block and an ace and Cheville slamming down another clutch kill for the final three points to finish off the Regents.
Waterloo Christian played much better in the third set. The Regents kept even at 16-16 late in the set, but a Josie Wierson kill and a Waterloo Christian error pushed Collins-Maxwell in front by three and the Spartans coasted to victory.
“Overall, us working as a team worked pretty well,” Bane said.
Bane finished with nine kills, six blocks and two aces. She said it was nice to get back on the court after the long layoff and is looking forward to the schedule picking up over the next couple weeks.
“We’ve been ready to play forever, so just to get out there is awesome,” Bane said. “We have three (matches) next week, so we’re pretty pumped about that.”
Camp took over at setter, following in the footsteps of former Collins-Maxwell student Kathleen Baldwin, who was the setter the past couple seasons for Collins-Maxwell-Baxter. Camp came up with 20 assists and four aces against Waterloo Christian.
“It’s hard to (follow) in Kathleen’s footsteps,” Camp said. “But I’m feeling pretty good so far.”
Wierson finished with eight digs, six kills, two aces and one block. Holst recorded eight digs and four aces, Gracie Cheville had eight digs and one ace and Hannah Caple came up with nine digs and two aces.
Trinity Stover chipped in two blocks and one kill for the Spartans.