Nevada goes 4-1 in tournament
NEVADA – The Nevada volleyball team claimed second place at the Nevada Invitational Saturday at the Nevada High School Field House.
The Cubs, ranked sixth in Class 3A, swept Newton, but lost to 13th-rated Iowa Falls-Alden in the championship round as their season record moved to 16-9 at the conclusion of the tournament. Iowa Falls-Alden also swept Newton in the title round as they finished the day with a 5-0 record to win the tournament.
Nevada was swept by Iowa Falls-Alden. The Cubs suffered losses by scores of 25-17 and 25-22.
Nevada struggled with its attack against the Cadets, turning in a .063 kill-efficiency rate with 22 kills and 17 errors. The Cubs also went without a block as Iowa Falls-Alden turned in an impressive .327 kill-efficiency rate.
Kati Cassabaum turned in seven kills and three digs and Megan Pringnitz tallied 11 digs, six kills and one ace for Nevada in the loss. Mara Rhodes added five kills; Abby Stephenson had three kills, two assists and two digs and Emma Lodestein chipped in one kill.
Michaela Matuska handed out 17 assists and she also delivered six digs at setter for Nevada in the setback. Jessica Helton led Nevada in digs with eight and Erin Francis added seven.
The Cubs took care of Newton by scores of 25-17 and 25-19. Nevada finished with 16 kills and six kill errors against the Cardinals and the Cubs turned in a much-better defensive performance at the net, producing an impressive 13 blocks.
Cassabaum led the Cub block party with six. She also had five kills and two assists.
Rhodes and Stephenson chipped in three kills apiece against Newton, and Matuska and Lodestein each added two. Rhodes also picked up three blocks, Stephenson had eight digs and two blocks, Matuska dished out 12 assists and recorded six digs, two blocks and an ace and Lodestein finished with three digs and one ace.
Pringnitz contributed eight digs and one kill and she went 15 of 15 serving against Newton. Helton totaled five digs and Francis produced four plus one ace.
In pool play Nevada swept West Marshall, Carlisle and Ballard.
West Marshall put up the biggest fight as Nevada had to outlast the Trojans by a 21-18 score in the opening set. The Cubs had an easier time in the second set, winning 21-12.
Stephenson ended up with nine kills and three digs and Pringnitz had eight digs and five kills against West Marshall. Cassabaum recorded three kills, two digs and one block, Rhodes put up three kills and one dig, Francis had two kill and three digs and Lodestein tacked on one kill, block and ace apiece.
Matuska did a good job setting up her teammates with 19 assists and she also had three digs and one ace against the Trojans. Helton went 13 of 13 serving with five aces and she also contributed five digs.
Nevada took down Carlisle by scores of 21-13 and 21-16. Pringnitz had five kills, Lodestein totaled four, Rhodes and Cassabaum each added three and Stephenson finished with two against the Wildcats.
Matuska handed out 14 assists and picked up two aces and Stephenson was 12 of 12 serving with one ace. Stephenson also had six digs and Helton led Nevada in digs with seven.
The Cubs’ most dominant performance came against Ballard. They rolled by margins of 21-8 and 21-6.
Cassabaum hammered down seven kills and picked up one block, Lodestein had four kills and one block and Rhodes also put up four kills versus the Bombers. Pringnitz added three kills and Stephenson chipped in two.
Stephenson also had seven digs and two aces, Helton came through with seven digs and Francis contributed two aces. Lodestein was the top Cub server with four aces and Matuska was 11 of 11 serving with one ace in addition to dishing out 18 assists.