How the Bomber and Spartan volleyball teams fared last week: Ballard get one win, C-M drops three

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Ava Ashworth

The Ballard volleyball team split a home triangular against Boone and Humboldt Sept. 14 and Collins-Maxwell went 0-3 at the Madrid Invitational Sept. 13.

Ballard swept Boone in a Raccoon River Conference match and fell to Humboldt in a non-conference match to put its record at 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Bombers scored 27-25, 25-18 and 25-19 victories over Boone and suffered 25-12 and 25-20 losses to Humboldt. 

Collins-Maxwell fell to Baxter (25-12, 25-21), Madrid (25-15, 25-13) and Glidden-Ralston (25-19, 25-5) in non-conference matches at Madrid in falling to 1-14 on the season.

Here are key takeaways from the Bomber and Spartan performances last week:

Ballard needs more balance

Ballard did a great job spreading around its attack in the win over Boone. But outside hitter Ava Ashworth was the only Bomber to top two kills against Humboldt. 

Ashworth had nine kills against a Humboldt team that was recently ranked in Class 4A. If the Bombers can get some younger players to raise the bar and provide more support for Ashworth they have the capability of knocking off rated opponents.

The Boone match showed Ballard is capable of spreading the ball around. The Bombers had three players with at least five kills against the Toreadors — Ashworth totaled nine, Rylee Scherder seven and Brooklyn Baumgardner five.

Bombers picking up more aces

Ballard made up for a lack of serving accuracy (90 % against Boone and 85 % versus Humboldt) by averaging nearly four aces per set over the two matches. 

The Bombers had five aces against Humboldt. Baumgardner finished with three and Riley Askelsen added two.

Ballard went off for 13 aces against Boone. Askelsen had five, Ashworth four, Baumgardner two and Ally Baker and Kerrigan Boock one apiece.

Spartans need better efficiency

Collins-Maxwell had negative kill-efficiency rates in the losses to Baxter and Madrid and only a 2.6 % efficiency rate versus Glidden-Ralston.

The Spartans only had one kill against Madrid and 13 over the three matches, an average of just 2.2 per set. They currently don't have the services of veteran setter Kenzi Wierson, so it may just take some time until things start clicking with Gracie Leslie handling most of the setting duties.

Gracie Leslie

Leslie had nine assists over the three matches. Marissa Boege helped out against Glidden-Ralston by handing out four versus the Wildcats.

Chloe Wierson and Tori Bienfang led Collins-Maxwell in kills over the three sets with four apiece. Isabelle Hill added three.