TRAER - The Collins-Maxwell volleyball team hit the ball well, but couldn’t slow down North Tama’s potent hitting and serving in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal loss to the No. 5 Redhawks.
Collins-Maxwell was swept to finish the season with a 13-16 record. North Tama improved to 24-6.
North Tama dominated the first two sets, winning 25-15 and 25-11. Collins-Maxwell put up a much better fight in the third set, but still came up short by a 25-19 score.
The Spartans ended up with 18 kills and only six errors in 77 attacks. They recorded 46 digs and three blocks on defense and went 34 of 43 serving with three aces.
Elise Robertson finished with 12 digs and five kills, Reagan Franzen 12 digs and four kills, Trinity Stover five digs, four kills and two assists, Brailyn Tankersley three kills and Tori Bienfang four digs, two blocks and one kill for Collins-Maxwell. Jillian Holst chipped in 16 assists and one kill, block and ace apiece, Brooke Christie tallied nine digs and Angela Calkins put up four digs and two aces.
North Tama had 33 kills and 10 errors in 91 attacks. The Redhawks finished with 41 digs and two blocks and they went 66 of 74 serving with 11 aces.
Katie Kopriva had 15 kills and 11 digs, Takoa Kopriva 14 digs and four aces and Isabel Sierra 28 assists and two aces for North Tama.
MAXWELL - Trinity Stover wasn’t about to let Collins-Maxwell lose focus against GMG in the Class 1A volleyball regional first round Oct. 22 in Maxwell.
The Spartans had just defeated the Wolverines, 25-17, in the opening set of the match. But they didn’t look focused.
Collins-Maxwell saw a 24-11 lead cut to 24-17 before scoring the match point on a kill from Stover. When the team huddled together getting ready for the second set Stover made sure everyone knew what was on the line in the final time she and her fellow seniors got to play on their home floor.
“I was like we could really get the crowd going right now,” Stover said. “If this was our last home game, we could really make it a big one.”
Behind the inspired play of Stover and fellow seniors Brailyn Tankersley, Jaden Camp, Jillian Holst and Angela Calkins the Spartans responded in a big way.
Collins-Maxwell cruised to a 25-16 victory in the second set. With things firmly in control the Spartans crushed the Wolverines in the third set, 25-10, to advance to the regional quarterfinals against North Tama.
Tankersley provided a big spark in the first set. She came with two big kills to help the Spartans build a 19-10 lead.
“Brailyn likes to hit the ball and she will hit it from anywhere,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Nicole Dentlinger said. “I think they look to her to get things going and she likes that role and that leadership spot that she’s got.”
In the second set Tankersley had a timely kill as part of a 6-1 run to push Collins-Maxwell’s lead to 17-10. She later slammed the door on the Wolverines with a kill on set point.
“I really want to make a big impression,” Tankersley said. “A lot of kills is what I’m trying to do. I’m just trying to help my team out.”
Tankersley finished the match with seven kills and one block.
Camp was the star in the third set for Collins-Maxwell. She had a tremendous serving stretch that included two aces to help the Spartans completely overpower the Wolverines.
“We practice serves a lot and it just kind of came out,” Camp said. “I’m usually really good with my serve.”
Camp ended up 9 of 10 serving in the third set.
Stover finished the match with six kills and one ace and Calkins went 9 of 10 serving with two aces and added five digs.
Holst also played inspired ball in her final home match. The Spartan setter did a tremendous job directing the offense and keeping her team on point when it mattered, finishing with 23 assists, four assists and three kills.
“The seniors played really well tonight,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Nicole Dentlinger said. “They’ve been awesome this year.”
The underclassmen weren’t too shabby either. Elise Robertson led the Spartans in kills with nine and she added six digs and an assist.
“Jillian had some really good sets,” Robertson said. “It really makes it easier to make your spots.”
Reagan Franzen added six kills, three digs, one block and one ace. She had the final two points of the match with a pair of kills to close out the third set.
Brooke Christie chipped in six digs, two assists and an ace. Tori Bienfang had one kill and Kenzi Wierson one assist.
The victory put Collins-Maxwell at 13-15.