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Spartans sweep Royals for second ISC win: C-M struggles at BCLUW tourney

Joe Randleman
Tri-County Times
Collins-Maxwell's Rachael Purdy (rear center) celebrates with her teammates after scoring the final point of the Spartans' match against Colo-NESCO Oct. 8 in Maxwell. Collins-Maxwell swept the Royals to improve its Iowa Star Conference South Division record to 3-2.

CONRAD - The Collins-Maxwell volleyball came up short in all four of its matches at the Comet Invitational Saturday.

The Spartans fell to 6-12 on the season after losing to rival Baxter in three sets and getting swept by BCLUW, Iowa Falls-Alden and West Marshall.

Collins-Maxwell came back from a 21-16 loss in its opening set against Baxter to win the second by a 21-18 score and force a rally game. But the Spartans couldn’t keep the momentum going, dropping the rally game by a 16-14 decision.

BCLUW handed Collins-Maxwell 21-8 and 21-12 setbacks and IFA dealt the Spartans 21-17 and 21-3 setbacks. West Marshall swept Collins-Maxwell by 21-12 and 21-13 scores.

Elise Robertson recorded 24 digs, 17 kills, three aces and one block and Kenzi Wierson finished with 22 digs, 18 assists, three aces and two kills for Collins-Maxwell during the tournament. Reagan Franzen delivered 25 digs, six kills, six assists, two aces and one block and Brooke Christie had 19 digs, 10 kills and one assist and ace apiece.

Sofie Wattonville tacked on 12 digs and one assist, Josephine Ross 11 digs and two aces and Marissa Boege six assists, four kills, four digs and one block. Isabelle Hill chipped in one kill, block and dig apiece.

MAXWELL - Collins-Maxwell is turning the corner at the right time.

The Spartans earned their fourth win in five matches Oct. 8 with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-14 sweep of Colo-NESCO.

Entering the Colo-NESCO match the Spartans had defeated Meskwaki, Martensdale St. Marys and GMG over the previous two weeks. Their only loss during that time was to defending Iowa Star Conference South Division champion and state qualifier North Tama.

They had made steady progress during that stretch and it continued against the Royals, especially defensively. Collins-Maxwell averaged 36.7 digs per set.

“Tonight was definitely our best night of coverage,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Emma Elsner said. “Usually I have to yell at them where to be, but tonight they just knew. I was very proud of how they were all over the court tonight.”

Elise Robertson, Reagan Franzen and Brooke Christie continued to have great all-around matches for Collins-Maxwell.

Robertson finished with 22 digs, 14 kills and one assist and block apiece.

“She’s very versatile,” Christie said of her teammate. “She can do anything out there.”

Elise Robertson had 14 kills in Collins-Maxwell's sweep of Colo-NESCO Oct. 8 in Maxwell.

Franzen had 20 digs, six kills, three assists and two blocks. Christie recorded 15 digs, five kills and one block.

“I’m very proud of how hard Brooke has worked to be a threat on the outside,” Elsner said. “Her back-row hitting is amazing too.”

The Spartan trio was quick to credit setter Kenzi Wierson for a lot of their success.

“Kenzi does really well setting the ball for us,” Robertson said. “It’s exciting.”

Wierson had 21 assists, 15 digs and one ace.

Josephine Ross added 19 digs and three aces in a strong performance in the back row for the Spartans. Sofie Wattonville chipped in 11 digs, Marissa Boege six digs and one assist, Isabelle Hill three kills and two digs, Joshlynn Clark one ace and Rachael Purdy one kill.

The victory put Collins-Maxwell at 6-8 overall and 3-2 in the ISC South Division.

Colo-NESCO fell to 1-3 in the conference and 2-17 overall.

The Royals had 18 kills, but 19 attack errors. They averaged six digs per set and had three blocks and one ace as a team.

Hill kept up her strong second half of the season for Colo-NESCO with nine kills, four digs and two blocks. Ayvarie Bappe continues to come back strong from an injury, finishing with four kills and one block and McKenzie Niemeyer tallied four kills, three digs and one ace.

Izabell Voelker handed out 16 assists and recorded three digs. Sophia Piziali chipped in one kill and two digs and Megan Hulshizer six digs.