REINBECK — The Collins-Maxwell volleyball team was unable to keep pace with No. 11 Gladbrook-Reinbeck in the Class 1A regional quarterfinals Monday at Reinbeck.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck defeated the Spartans in three straight sets, 25-16, 25-19 and 25-16. With the loss Collins-Maxwell finished 14-13, its second winning season in as many years as a program.
Gracie Cheville had eight kills, eight digs and one ace and Josie Wierson five kills and one block, dig and ace apiece for Collins-Maxwell in the loss. Jillian Holst tallied 11 assists, five digs and one ace and Reagan Franzen five digs, three assists, three blocks and one kill.
Hannah Caple totaled 21 digs in the back row. Elise Robertson came through with 15 digs and added two kills.
MAXWELL — Collins-Maxwell hit its stride at the right time, sweeping Colo-NESCO in the first round of Class 1A regional play Oct. 16 at Maxwell.
The Spartans (14-12) entered the match having lost 9 of its previous 11 matches after an 11-3 start. But they came out focused and determined Tuesday, dominating the first two sets by scores of 25-10 and 25-13.
In the third set, Colo-NESCO found some rhythm. The Royals took an 18-12 lead after a Gracie Kettwig ace.
But thanks to a great defensive effort by Hannah Caple in the back row, Collins-Maxwell was able to get some good passes for setters Reagan Franzen and Jillian Holst. That revitalized the Spartan offensive attack, and combined with strong serving from Franzen, resulted in a 13-1 run to give the Spartans a 25-19 victory and end the match.
“It was really a team effort,” Franzen said. “If Hannah wouldn’t have had those clutch digs at the end, I don’t know if I would’ve been on the streak that I was.”
Senior outside hitter Gracie Cheville had been kept in check until that third set. She delivered two of her three kills to push the Spartan lead to 23-19, then a Royal error and an Elise Robertson kill finished off the victory.
“I think Josie (Wierson) and I got some really good sets from Reagan,” Cheville said. “She always does a really good job of setting it up for us. I appreciate that.”
Franzen ended up with seven assists, seven digs, four kills and one ace. Cheville recorded six digs and one block to go along with her kills and Wierson added seven kills and three blocks.
Caple was phenomenal in the back row for Collins-Maxwell. She recorded 23 digs and also led the team in serving with three aces.
Holst chipped in six assists and digs apiece; Brooke Christie eight digs; Trinity Stover four digs and two assists; Robertson 10 digs, two kills and two assists and Brailyn Tankersley three kills, one block and one dig for the Spartans.
Colo-NESCO ended its season at 9-17. The Royals fought hard in the third set, but couldn’t overcome their poor start.
“We kind of had some jitters — they were really nervous for tonight and you could see it those first and second sets,” Colo-NESCO head volleyball coach Jessica Owens said. “After we got those jitters out in the third set, we really started to see them play. Unfortunately it was a little too late.”
Kettwig had five kills; Lauryn Hill five digs, three kills and one block and Maggie Barten and Emmy Hostetler three kills apiece for Colo-NESCO. Rylee Purvis added one kill, Megan Carlson nine assists, Emma Sarver six digs and Lindsey Riese and Morgan Sluis one dig apiece.
Collins-Maxwell will face Gladbrook-Reinbeck (25-9) in the 1A quarterfinals. The Spartans are hoping the win over Colo-NESCO is a starting point for some positive momentum after their rough close to the regular season.
“This a really good turning point as a team,” Cheville said. “It’ll bring us closer.”
The Spartans’ match with the Rebels takes place next Monday at Reinbeck.