Raiders sputter late in loss to Bulldogs

Joe Randleman, Sports Writer

VAN METER - The Collins-Maxwell-Baxter volleyball team ran out of gas late in a four-set loss to Van Meter Monday at Van Meter.

Playing in its first match since Sept. 15, CMB managed to go toe to toe with Van Meter over the first three sets. But Van Meter had just enough of an edge to take a 2-1 set lead into the fourth set.

Van Meter won a 31-29 marathon in the opening set. CMB came back with a 25-23 victory in the second set, but Van Meter won by the same margin in the third set to regain control.

In the fourth set, CMB just wasn’t at the top of its game. The Raiders were overpowered by a 25-14 score to drop the match and fall to 5-6 on the season.

“This was a tough one,” CMB head volleyball coach Scott Ranck said. “We had a chance to win each of the first three sets and sweep the match. We just made too many mistakes, couldn’t get a consistent pass and put it away when we have the chance. We seemed very sluggish tonight. It was another opportunity we let pass us by. We need to get this figured out soon, limit the mistakes, execute, and start playing more consistent, and play how we are capable.”

CMB had a .171 kill-efficiency rate with 38 kills and 20 errors in 105 attacks. The Raiders tallied 12 aces on 83 of 90 serving and also came up with 11 blocks defensively.

Brianda Bane totaled nine kills, six digs, four blocks and four aces for CMB in the loss. Bekah Pearson tallied 15 digs and seven kills; Jordynn Wesselink added 14 digs, six kills and one ace and Amber Weltha tacked on six kills and two blocks.

Kathleen Baldwin handed out 24 assists and added eight digs and two kills, blocks and aces apiece at setter for CMB. Sailor Hinegardner delivered 18 digs, three aces and one kill from the back row for the Raiders.