MAXWELL – It was never say die for the Collins-Maxwell-Baxter volleyball team in a non-conference affair with Van Meter Monday in Maxwell.

The Raiders were on the verge of being swept after losing the first two sets. But they came back with a close win in the third set and then controlled the fourth to force a rally game.

The rally game was a tight and tense affair, with neither team giving up much ground. But in the end CMB prevailed to earn its third win in a row and go above .500 on the season at 6-5.

Van Meter picked up 25-22 and 25-20 victories in the first two sets. CMB won a 25-22 decision of its own in the third set and claimed a 25-17 victory in the fourth.

The Raiders took the rally game by a slim 15-13 margin.

For the match CMB had 37 kills against 22 kill errors for a kill-efficiency rate of .115. The Raiders picked up 17 aces and 15 blocks and they also had 80 digs as a team.

Abbie Haupert and Payge Jurgens were dominant all-around performers for CMB in the win.

Haupert had 17 kills, 10 digs, eight blocks and seven aces. Jurgens went 28 of 29 serving with an ace and she also contributed 12 kills, seven digs and three blocks.

Alex Hlavacek helped out at the net with four blocks and three kills and she also collected three aces on an 8 of 11 serving effort.

Abbey Appelgate led CMB in digs with 19 and she also picked up three kills, two assists and two aces. Setter MacKenzie Schmitz handed out 26 assists and she also came through with 11 digs and one ace.

Bridget Hurley finished with two kills, five digs and one ace. Bekah Pearson totaled 11 digs, Katie Ziesman had eight digs and Toni Spence finished with six.

COLFAX – Collins-Maxwell-Baxter picked up its second-consecutive Heart of Iowa Conference victory with a four-set road win over Colfax-Mingo Sept. 26.

The Royals picked up 25-13 and 25-18 victories in the first two sets. They fell short by a 25-20 score in the third set, but rallied with a 25-19 win in the fourth to improve to 2-3 in the HOIC and 5-5 overall.

Mackenzie Schmitz had 17 assists, seven digs and four aces and Abbie Haupert put up 11 kills, 14 digs, one block and one ace to lead CMB. Payge Jurgens finished with eight kills, four aces, three digs and two blocks and Abbey Appelgate was an impressive 20 of 22 serving with eight aces and she also registered eight digs and two kills.

Katie Ziesman chipped in nine digs and two kills, Bridget Hurley had three kills and two digs, Alex Hlavacek recorded four digs and one kill and Toni Spencer and Bekah Pearson each chimed in with five digs for the Royals.

MONROE – Collins-Maxwell-Baxter came on strong late to hold off Prairie City-Monroe for its first Heart of Iowa Conference win in a five-set affair between the two teams Sept. 24 in Monroe.

The first three sets were back-and-forth tight affairs. PCM claimed a 25-23 win in the opening set, CMB came back with a 25-22 victory and then the Mustangs pulled off a 25-21 win.

The Raiders avoided elimination with a strong 25-18 in set four. That set up a rally game to decide the match, and CMB kept just enough of its edge from the previous set to pull off the victory, 15-11.

The Raiders had 42 kills against 19 attack errors. They also racked up a solid 18 aces after going 97 of 109 serving the ball.

Abbey Appelgate and Payge Jurgens each recorded six of those aces as they combined to go 40 of 45 in serves. Appelgate also had a team-high 25 digs and six kills and Jurgens contributed 11 kills, seven digs and two blocks.

Mackenzie Schmitz was another strong serving weapon for CMB as she finished 21 of 22 with three aces and Hannah McWhirter was 12 of 16 with a pair of aces. Schmitz also handed out 32 assists at setter and she tacked on 13 digs defensively.

Abbie Haupert led CMB in kills with 18 against only five kill errors. She chipped in 11 digs and four blocks defensively.

Alex Hlavacek ended up with five kills, four blocks and three assists and Bridget Hurley produced seven digs and two kills for CMB.