OSKALOOSA - The North Polk volleyball team split four matches at the Oskaloosa Invitational Saturday in Oskaloosa.
The Comets downed Fairfield and Chariton and fell to Oskaloosa and Marshalltown to put their season record at 20-14.
North Polk swept Fairfield and Chariton and lost to Oskaloosa in three sets during pool play.
North Polk toppled Fairfield by 21-14 and 21-19 scores. Carolyn Steffen put up six kills, two digs and one ace and Leah Cam delivered five kills and one block for the Comets in the win.
Danielle Bonewitz delivered 10 assists, three digs and two kills; Grace Nelson seven assists and two kills; Nora Aschoff three kills and digs apiece and Katie Scott five digs and four assists. Jaedon Murphy chipped in two kills, Rebecca Ley three digs and Bella Rademacher one kill and ace apiece.
The Comets cruised past Chariton, 21-16 and 21-8. Steffen delivered five kills, two digs and two aces; Bonewitz five assists, four digs and one kill; Scott six digs, three aces and one assist and Cam two kills and one block.
Aschoff added three digs, one kill, one block and one ace; Nelson three assists; Murphy two blocks and Ley one block against the Chargers.
Oskaloosa rallied to down North Polk after the Comets won the opening set by a 21-13 margin. Oskaloosa won the next set, 21-17, then claimed the rally game by a 15-12 score.
Aschoff had six digs, four kills and one ace; Steffen five kills and four digs and Murphy five kills and two blocks versus the Indians. Cam tacked on three kills and two blocks; Rademacher two kills, one block and one dig; Bonewitz 10 assists, six digs and one ace; Nelson seven assists, two digs and two aces and Scott nine digs, two assists and one ace.
Ley chipped in three blocks versus Oskaloosa.
Marshalltown swept North Polk in the championship round by scores of 25-22 and 25-20.
Steffen put up 10 digs and six kills; Aschoff six digs, four kills and one block; Bonewitz 10 assists, seven digs and one kill and Nelson 12 assists, three digs, two kills and one ace versus the Bobcats. Cam and Ley each ended up with three kills and one block, Murphy three blocks and one kill, Rademacher two kills and one block and Scott eight digs and one ace.
ALLEMAN - North Polk split matches with South Hamilton and Grand View Christian in a home triangular meet Oct. 5 at Alleman.
The Comets picked up a Heart of Iowa Conference win over South Hamilton in four sets and suffered a non-conference setback to Grand View Christian in three to move to 3-2 in the HOIC and 18-12 overall.
North Polk won a 25-13 battle in its opening set with South Hamilton. The Comets dropped the next set in a 26-24 war, but they rebounded to roll past the Hawks in the next two sets by respective scores of 25-14 and 25-16.
The Comets overcame an inefficient 63 of 78 serving night against the Hawks by picking up 40 kills against 21 attack errors and recorded 109 digs and nine aces.
Carolyn Steffen had 28 digs, 15 kills, one block and one ace for North Polk in the win. Rebecca Ley had seven kills, seven digs and one block; Leah Cam seven kills and one dig and Jaedon Murphy three kills, three digs and one block.
Danielle Bonewitz and Grace Nelson each finished with 17 assists against South Hamilton. Bonewitz also recorded 15 digs and one ace and Nelson five digs and two aces.
Nora Aschoff came up with 27 digs, two aces, two assists and one kill in the back row. Katie Scott added 18 digs; Emily Larson put up four digs, two kills, two aces and one block; Hailey Becker three kills and one dig and Bella Rademacher two kills and one ace.
In the loss to Grand View Christian, the Comets suffered a 21-16 setback in the first set, then won the second by a 21-18 score. Grand View Christian took the rally game by a 15-12 margin.
Steffen had 17 digs, 10 kills and six aces in the loss. Ley put up six kills and three digs; Larson four kills, two blocks and one dig; Murphy three blocks, two kills and one dig and Becker two kills and one dig.
Aschoff ended up with 19 digs and two assists; Scott 15 digs; Bonewitz 16 assists, six digs and one kill and Nelson eight assists, six digs and one kill. Cam added four digs and one kill and Rademacher one block.
ALLEMAN - Efficient serving and a strong attack combined to give North Polk a sweep over Greene County for its second Heart of Iowa Conference victory Oct. 3 at Alleman.
The Comets dominated all three sets, winning by scores of 25-12, 25-12 and 25-14 to raise their record to 17-11 overall and 2-2 in the HOIC. The win followed up a sweep of Saydel after North Polk dropped its first two conference matches to Nevada and Roland-Story.
“We just play together as a team,” North Polk junior libero Nora Aschoff said. “We’ve worked really hard in the gym every day. We’re just working together to get everything done.”
Aschoff got North Polk off to a great start in each of its first two sets. She served six straight points to start each set, finishing a perfect 20 of 20 serving, with one ace for the match.
“My team played really good defense, so I always knew that they had my back,” Aschoff said. “Anything we put over the net, they were always there to pick it up.”
In the third set, Katie Scott had a strong serving stretch to get North Polk rolling. Scott helped the Comets build a 12-3 lead out of the gate, and she finished the match 23 of 23 serving with two aces.
“I had some real aggressive serves and we really worked together as a team,” Scott said. “We really executed.”
Aschoff also had 10 digs and Scott finished with six.
As a team, North Polk was a perfect 70 of 70 serving with six aces. The Comets were also tallied an impressive 32 kills against only five errors in 69 attacks for a strong .391 kill-efficiency rate.
“We just really moved sets around,” Scott said. “Carolyn (Steffen) got some good hits and the middle and the right-sides also got some good hits, so it was good.”
Steffen anchored North Polk’s potent attack with 12 kills and only one error in 20 attacks. She also had five digs.
Hailey Becker and Emily Larson each added five kills, Leah Cam came up with three and Liz Turk two. Rebecca Ley, Jaedon Murphy, Bella Rademacher, Danielle Bonewitz and Grace Nelson each chipped in one kill.
“The hitters have been really working hard in the gym and they’ve really been executing and doing good for the team,” Steffen said.
Bonewitz and Nelson played a big role in the success of North Polk’s attack at setter. Bonewitz handed out 15 assists and added five digs and Nelson had 10 assists, one dig and two aces.
Larson chipped in three blocks and one ace, Becker two blocks and Cam and Rademacher one block apiece.