Takeaways from Collins-Maxwell's showing at the GMG Invitational and home meet with Baxter

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Marissa Boege

The Collins-Maxwell volleyball team swept Meskwaki (21-15, 21-19) for its first victory of the season Saturday at the GMG Invitational in Garwin.

The Spartans went 1-4 at the tournament with two losses to Lynnville-Sully (22-20, 21-15 and 21-9, 21-15) and one apiece to South Tama (21-14, 21-9) and Montezuma (21-4, 21-8). That put their season record at 1-10.

Collins-Maxwell also suffered an Iowa Star Conference South Division loss to Baxter (25-18, 25-16, 25-13) Sept. 9 at Maxwell. The loss put the Spartans at 0-1 in the conference. Here's what we learned from the Spartans' busy week:

The monkey is off the Spartans' back

Head coach Casady Myers earned her first victory as coach for Collins-Maxwell with the win over Meskwaki. The Spartans averaged seven kills per set at 19.1 % efficiency and picked up seven aces on 35 of 42 serving against the Warriors. Collins-Maxwell prevailed without the services of starting setter Kenzi Wierson. Marissa Boege had six assists and nine digs and Gracie Leslie five assists and one ace in Wierson's place. Chloe Wierson had six kills and seven digs, Sofie Wattonville eight digs and three kills and aces apiece and Isabelle Hill six digs and two aces.

Gracie Leslie

Spartans still struggling with serving and their attack

Collins-Maxwell only served at 84 % in the loss to Baxter. The Spartans also picked up just 10 kills in the match. 

During the GMG Invitational Collins-Maxwell served with just 71 % accuracy and had a negative kill-efficiency rate against Montezuma. The Spartans served at just 80 % with a 4.2 % kill efficiency against South Tama, went to a negative efficiency rate and just 77 % serving accuracy in the first match with Lynnville-Sully and then did better serving in the second match with the Hawks at 86 %, but still struggled with their attack in turning in another negative efficiency rate.