Ballard falls to North Polk, Collins-Maxwell to North Tama in volleyball

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Ava Ashworth

The Ballard volleyball team went 2-3 at the Nevada Invitational in Nevada Sept. 25, split two matches at the Norsemen Invitational in Story City Sept. 27 and came up short in a Raccoon River Conference match at North Polk in Alleman Sept. 28.

Collins-Maxwell dropped two matches at the Grand View Christian triangular in Ankeny Sept. 28, came up short against North Tama in an Iowa Star Conference South Division match Sept. 30 and finished 0-3 at the Madrid Invitational Saturday.

Ballard defeated Van Meter in three sets at Nevada with a 21-14 win, 21-19 loss and 15-13 victory. The Bombers also swept Des Moines Lincoln (21-17, 21-11) and fell to Glenwood, Harlan and Nevada.

At Story City the Bombers swept Prairie City-Monroe (21-12, 21-18) and suffered  21-16 and 21-11 losses at the hands of South Hardin.

In the loss to North Polk the Bombers won the first set by a 25-22 score then dropped the next three — 26-24, 25-19 and 25-19. That loss put Ballard at 8-14 on the season and 3-4 in the RRC.

Collins-Maxwell was swept by Grand View Christian (25-13, 25-11) and Waterloo Christian (25-11, 25-13) at the GVC triangular. The Spartans were swept by North Tama (25-4, 25-8, 25-12) and at Madrid they suffered a setback to Baxter (21-16 loss, 21-18 win, 15-8 loss) and were swept by Madrid  (21-17, 21-9) and Webster City (21-4, 21-14).

The losses put them at 2-20 overall and the North Tama loss dropped them to 1-1 in the conference. 

Here is what we learned from the two teams' performances during that stretch:

Ballard needs more consistency

The Bombers showed flashes of being a good team with their victory over Van Meter and also winning a set against Nevada at the Nevada Invite. But they struggled with their attack against North Polk (4.3 % kill-efficiency rate) and couldn't keep up with top-five Glenwood and South Hardin teams or Harlan.

Several Bombers step up

During the busy week of matches Ava Ashworth had 49 kills, 47 digs and 10 aces. Brooklyn Baumgardner finished with 32 kills and 14 blocks.

Rylie Askelsen added 99 assists and 47 digs. Rylee Scherder added 48 digs and 28 kills and Memphis Inglett 27 kills.

Collins-Maxwell searching for identity

Kenzi Wierson

The Spartans had seven kills against Baxter, but no more than four in any other match during the week. They only had 23 kills for the entire week, an average of just under four per match.

Kenzi Wierson had 47 digs, 16 assists and four aces for the Spartans during the week. Tori Bienfang recorded 22 digs, 11 kills and nine blocks and Chloe Wierson seven kills and aces apiece.