WINTERSET – The regular season ended with a bang for the Nevada volleyball team Saturday as the Cubs claimed the Winterset Invitational championship for the fifth time in six years.
Nevada, ranked eighth in Class 3A, upset No. 4 Red Oak en route to a perfect 5-0 day, improving its overall record to 29-11. The five victories gave the Cubs an eight-game winning streak to close out the regular season.
Red Oak was the only one of Nevada’s opponents at Winterset to win a set from the Cubs. Nevada scored an impressive 25-17 in the opening set, but Red Oak came back with a 25-17 victory of its own in set two to force a rally game.
In the rally game Nevada regained control and totally dominated the Tigers, winning by a score of 15-5 to claim the match and the tournament championship.
Nevada tallied a .274 kill-efficiency rate against Red Oak with 32 kills and nine errors in 84 attacks. The Cubs finished with 42 digs and seven blocks defensively and they went 50 of 55 serving with four aces.
Mara Rhodes and Kati Cassabaum led a balanced Cub attack with nine kills apiece. Rhodes also had two blocks, two assists and one dig and Cassabaum finished with two digs, one block and one assist.
Megan Pringnitz added seven kills, five digs and two assists and Emma Lodestein came up with four kills, two blocks and one ace. Abby Stephenson added two kills and one assist, and she paced the Cubs in digs with 12.
Michaela Matuska handed out 24 assists and came up with 10 digs and two blocks. Erin Francis finished with seven digs, one kill and one ace and Megan Anderson had three digs and two aces.
Nevada’s other victories in the tournament were sweeps over Dallas Center-Grimes, Creston, Norwalk and Hampton-Dumont.
DCG was the only one of those teams to give Nevada a challenge. The Fillies pushed the Cubs to the limit in the first set, but Nevada prevailed by a 21-19 score and followed that up with a decisive 21-8 victory.
Stephenson had nine digs, seven kills and one ace and Cassabaum put up five kills and blocks apiece against DCG. Pringnitz tallied five digs, four kills and three aces, Rhodes put up three kills and blocks apiece and Lodestein added three kills.
Matuska delivered 17 assists, four digs, two blocks and one kill against the Fillies and she was also a perfect 16 of 16 serving with one ace. Jessica Helton chipped in three digs and Francis had one dig and ace apiece.
Nevada toppled Creston, 21-16 and 21-11. Pringnitz had six kills and digs apiece plus three aces, Cassabaum registered five kills and two blocks and Lodestein had four kills and three digs.
Stephenson and Rhodes chimed in with two kills apiece and Matuska had one. Stephenson also had five digs and Matuska came through with 16 assists and five digs.
Helton matched Pringnitz for the team lead in digs against Creston with six and Francis added four.
The Cubs easily handled Norwalk by 25-15 and 25-10 margins. Pringnitz came through with eight kills, four digs and one block and Stephenson had five kills, seven digs and one block and ace apiece.
Cassabaum, Lodestein and Rhodes each had four kills in the win over Norwalk. Cassabaum also totaled three digs, Lodestein had two aces and a pair of digs and Rhodes chipped in one dig.
Anderson went 11 of 12 serving with one ace and also had four digs and Matuska contributed 22 assists, two digs and one ace. Francis led Nevada in aces against Norwalk with three and Helton delivered three digs.
Nevada earned its most decisive victory of the tournament over Hampton-Dumont. The Cubs scored wins by scores of 21-12 and 21-4.
Cassabaum totaled seven kills, Lodestein had five kills, one block and one ace, Rhodes and Stephenson produced three kills apiece and Pringnitz finished with two. Rhodes also had one block and two digs, Stephenson totaled four digs and Pringnitz ended up with a team-high eight digs.
Francis added three digs, Helton totaled two and they each had one ace and Anderson came through with a team-best three aces. Matuska delivered 15 assists and two digs against the Bulldogs and she was an impressive 18 of 18 serving with one ace.
SAYDEL – A perfect run through the Heart of Iowa Conference was achieved by Nevada Oct. 17 as the Cubs traveled to Saydel and swept Colfax-Mingo and Saydel in a triangular meet.
Nevada crushed Colfax-Mingo by scores of 25-9, 25-13 and 25-10 and the Cubs were even more overpowering versus Saydel in scoring 25-9, 25-7 and 25-13 victories. With the two wins Nevada repeated as conference champions, going 9-0 for the second year in a row.
In the victory over Colfax-Mingo the Cubs had 32 kills and 11 errors in 85 attacks and the picked up an impressive 16 aces on a 68 of 74 serving effort.
Abby Stephenson slammed home 10 kills at outside hitter and she also had four digs and one block. Megan Pringnitz put up eight kills, five digs and three aces at outside hitter and middle blockers Kati Cassabaum and Emma Lodestein combined for 10 kills, four blocks, four digs and two aces.
Michaela Matuska had 23 assists and four aces, Mara Rhodes added three kills, one block and two aces and Jessica Helton recorded one kill and ace apiece. Erin Francis delivered seven digs and four aces, Megan Anderson went 14 of 14 serving with an ace and chipped in five digs, Peyton Dugger put up one ace and dig apiece and Caroline Wagner tacked on one dig.
Nevada recorded an impressive .420 kill-efficiency rate against Saydel with 37 kills and eight errors in 69 attacks. The Cubs also had another great serving match in finishing with 17 aces.
Pringnitz was a monster at the net against Saydel as she powered down 15 kills with only three attack errors. Pringnitz also had four digs and one ace.
Lodestein also had a big match against Saydel as she hammered home 10 kills and picked up three aces and two blocks. Cassabaum had five kills, Stephenson finished with four kills, 10 digs and four aces and Rhodes ended up with three kills, two blocks and two assists.
Matuska dished out 31 assists and totaled three digs and aces apiece against the Eagles. Francis had another big serving match by going 17 of 19 with four aces, Helton tallied four digs and Anderson finished with three.