Spartans claim GMG Invite crown

Joe Randleman Staff Writer
Reagan Franzen

GARWIN — The Collins-Maxwell volleyball team brought home the GMG Invitational championship for the third year in a row Saturday.

The Spartans went 4-0 with two victories over Waterloo Christian and one apiece against GMG and Meskwaki to take the championship. The four wins improved Collins-Maxwell’s record to 6-3 on the season.

Collins-Maxwell swept Waterloo Christian with a pair of 21-17 victories, GMG by 21-13 and 22-20 scores and Meskwaki by 21-7 and 21-16 decisions to reach the championship match. The Spartans got a rematch against Waterloo Christian in the championship and this time it went the full three sets before they could prevail.

Collins-Maxwell dominated the first set in the championship match, winning 25-9. Waterloo Christian came back to win a 26-24 squeaker in the second set to force the rally game, but the Spartans regrouped to earn a 15-11 victory and claim the championship.

In the title match Reagan Franzen had nine kills, seven digs, six assists, three aces and two blocks and Elise Robertson put up eight kills, six digs, four assists and three blocks. Jillian Holst added 13 assists, three digs and two kills, Brooke Christie 11 digs and one kill and Kenzie Wierson 10 digs.

For the tournament Jillian Holst had 39 assists, eight aces and five kills, Franzen 25 kills, 14 assists, 11 digs and seven aces and Robertson 21 kills, nine digs and six assists. Brailyn Tankersley tacked on nine kills, Christie 14 digs and Trinity Stover and Angela Calkins four kills apiece.

MAXWELL — Collins-Maxwell split matches with Waterloo Christian and Grand View Christian at home triangular meet Sept. 12.

Both matches went the full three sets. With the split Collins-Maxwell went to 2-3 on the season.

The Spartans defeated Waterloo Christian after rallying from a 25-23 loss in the opening set. Collins-Maxwell dominated the second set by a 25-17 score and went on to take the rally game, 15-10.

Brailyn Tankersley had five kills and three blocks and Jillian Holst and Angela Calkins each tacked on three kills apiece against Waterloo Christian. Holst also had eight assists and two aces and Calkins tacked on seven digs.

Reagan Franzen finished with two kills, seven assists and two digs and aces apiece for Collins-Maxwell in the victory. Elise Robertson had six digs, one block and one kill, Trinity Stover three digs, two blocks and one assist and Jaden Camp one ace.

The roles were reversed in Collins-Maxwell’s match with Grand View Christian. This time the Spartans won the first set in a 25-23 battle, then they suffered a 25-20 loss and dropped the rally game by a 15-8 score.

Franzen had six kills, three assists, two digs and an ace, Robertson four kills and one dig and Stover three kills, four digs and one assist and ace apiece against GVC. Holst added 10 assists and one ace on 19 of 19 serving, Calkins four digs and one kill, Christie two digs and one ace and Tankersley one kill.