GARWIN - The Collins-Maxwell volleyball team made short work of GMG in an Iowa Star Conference road match Sept. 21 at Garwin.
The Spartans swept the Wolverines by scores of 25-14, 25-22 and 25-19 to improve to 11-2 overall and 4-1 in the Iowa Star Conference.
Collins-Maxwell had 31 kills and 18 errors in 95 attacks and went 65 of 72 serving with nine aces. The Spartans came up with 52 digs and one block defensively.
Brianda Bane turned in a monster match with 20 kills against just four attack errors for Collins-Maxwell. Bane also had two digs and one block.
Jillian Holst came up with five kills, five digs and one ace in the win. Gracie Cheville put up three kills, 11 digs and four aces and Josie Wierson three kills, six digs and two aces.
Katie Camp handed out 23 assists and she tacked on nine digs and one ace. Hannah Caple delivered 18 digs in the back row and she also tallied one ace.
Trinity Stover chipped in two assists and one dig.
MAXWELL - The first match in its newly renovated gym went smoothly for Collins-Maxwell as the Spartans continued the hot start to their first season as a program with a decisive sweep of CAL Sept. 19 in Maxwell.
CAL entered the match with only one victory on the season. The Cadets struggled to set up any attack, so Collins-Maxwell made sure to burn them with strong serving.
Hannah Caple and Brianda Bane combined for 13 aces and CAL was forced into making several mistakes in its serve receive. The end result saw Collins-Maxwell hold the Cadets to single digits in each set, cruising to 25-8, 25-9 and 25-6 victories.
“We were working pretty hard on our serves all week,” Bane said. “Our main goal was to work on serving and get it over so it went pretty well for us tonight.”
Caple gave CAL all kinds of trouble in the first and third sets. She served four aces as part of a big finishing run in the first set, then came up with three straight aces in the third set to get the Spartans to game point.
“They couldn’t handle my floater very well,” Caple said. “It was going at one person, then it’d go to the other so they were kind of confused.”
Jillian Holst also had a strong serving stretch in the second set, resulting in 13 consecutive points.
With the victory, Collins-Maxwell is now an impressive 10-2 overall and 3-1 in its first season of Iowa Star Conference competition. The Spartans’ only conference loss came last week to a North Tama squad rated No. 8 in Class 1A.
“We were ready for our first year as Spartans,” Caple said. “We came out strong and we’re going to end strong too.”
The win was also the perfect way for the Spartans to christen the new gym.
“It’s great to play in here finally,” Bane said. “We love the new gym.”
Caple was impressed with the enthusiasm of the Spartan crowd.
“Our student section was on point tonight,” Caple said. “They were great.”
Caple ended the night with seven aces and she also had four digs. Bane came up with seven kills, six aces and four solo blocks.
Josie Wierson provided six kills, two blocks and two aces for the Spartans. Katie Camp had 15 assists and six digs at setter, Holst totaled four kills and Gracie Cheville added three kills and two digs.