MAXWELL - The Collins-Maxwell volleyball team couldn’t get enough consistency in its attack or serving, falling to a North Tama squad ranked No. 5 in Class 1A Sept. 13 in Maxwell.
The Spartans suffered losses by scores of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-13 to drop to 8-3 on the season and 1-1 in the Iowa Star Conference South Division.
Collins-Maxwell only had 12 kills against 10 errors in 75 attacks. The Spartans also went without an ace and served at just a 79-percent clip in 43 serves.
Gracie Cheville was the go-to player on offense for Collins-Maxwell with seven kills. She also had 10 digs defensively.
Hannah Caple had 19 digs from the libero spot, Reagan Franzen finished with six digs, four assists and one block and Jillian Holst recorded five assists, two kills, one dig and one block. Josie Wierson put up three blocks, two kills and one dig; Brailyn Tankersley one kill and block apiece; Trinity Stover four digs and one assist and Elise Robertson three digs.
MAXWELL - Strong serving helped Collins-Maxwell take down Meskwaki in a sweep during an Iowa Star Conference match in Maxwell Sept. 11.
The Spartans gradually got stronger as the match progressed, winning the first set by a 25-22 score, then cruising to a 25-14 triumph in the second and a 25-13 victory in the third, finishing 8-2 overall and 1-0 in the ISC.
“The first game we came off slow, but we picked up on it and we got our passes up,” Collins-Maxwell senior middle hitter Josie Wierson said. “Then we got our serving — Trinity (Stover) had some really good serves — so that really made a big difference and got our enthusiasm up on the court to play as a team.”
Collins-Maxwell was 64 of 70 serving with 15 aces during the match. Stover was 18 of 19 with three aces and Wierson led the charge by going 16 of 18 with six aces.
“I’ve been working on my serve to get it to go down on the back corner,” Wierson said. “It just finally fell into place.”
Reagan Franzen and Gracie Cheville added two aces apiece and Hannah Caple and Jillian Holst each finished with one.
At the net, Collins-Maxwell picked up 19 kills with 16 errors in 77 attacks. The Spartans also had two blocks defensively.
Cheville had eight kills and one block, Wierson seven kills and Franzen, Holst, Stover and Brailyn Tankersley one kill apiece. Tankersley also delivered a solo block.
Holst and Franzen did a nice job setting up the Spartan attack. Holst handed out 11 assists and Franzen dished out six.
Franzen transferred to Collins-Maxwell from North Polk last year. The move has given her the opportunity to support the team in multiple ways as she also splits time on the right side and outside hitter for the Spartans.
“It’s been a big change from North Polk because I didn’t play anything but setter there,” Franzen said. “I’ve learned a lot this year from everyone on the team.”
The play of Franzen and Holst has helped ease the loss of all-conference setter Katie Camp. Wierson and Cheville have also helped Collins-Maxwell overcome the loss of all-state middle hitter Brianda Bane to still be a force at the net, and with Caple returning to anchor the back row, the Spartans haven’t missed a beat thus far in 2018 after going 18-8 a year ago.
“Losing Brianda, we knew was going to be really, really hard, and losing Katie, who really helped with the assists,” Wierson. “But Reagan’s really stepped up — she’s been able to get kills on the outside and right side, Gillian’s got some really good sets, and when Gracie on the outside, she’s really getting a lot of kills there.”
Caple had eight digs against Meskwaki. Stover finished with seven, Cheville six, Franzen five, Holst four, Tankersley three and Wierson one.
MADRID - Collins-Maxwell endured its first two losses of the season at the Madrid quadrangular Sept. 10 in Madrid.
The Spartans went 1-2 on the evening, with all three matches going the full three sets. They defeated Madrid and came up short against both Baxter and Glidden-Ralston.
Collins-Maxwell whipped Madrid in the opening set, 25-9, suffered a 25-21 loss in the second, then came back to win the rally game by a 15-9 score. The Spartans also started well against Baxter with a 25-17 triumph in the opening set, but they lost a 27-25 war in the second and another heartbreaker in the rally game, 16-14.
Glidden-Ralston handed Collins-Maxwell a 25-21 loss in the opening set of their match. The Spartans rebounded to dominate the second set by a 25-13 score, but they couldn’t keep the momentum going in the rally game, falling by 15-12.
Gracie Cheville had 22 kills, 19 digs and three aces and Josie Wierson 15 kills, eight digs, five blocks and three aces over the three matches for Collins-Maxwell. Reagan Franzen finished with 30 assists, 16 digs, 10 blocks, six kills and three aces and Jillian Holst 13 assists, three kills, three digs, two aces and one block.
Trinity Stover chipped in 12 digs, four aces, three kills and two assists; Brailyn Tankersley nine kills, eight blocks, two digs and one assist; Jaden Camp six digs, two kills and two aces and Elise Robertson two digs. Brooke Christie had 24 digs and Hannah Caple 16 in the back row.