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No. 8 Defenders upend Royals

Colo-Nesco’s Melanie Van Loon goes for a kill during the Royals’ Class 1A regional quarterfinal loss to No. 8 Grandview Park Baptist Oct. 29 in Colo. Photo by Joe Randleman
Colo-Nesco’s Melanie Van Loon goes for a kill during the Royals’ Class 1A regional quarterfinal loss to No. 8 Grandview Park Baptist Oct. 29 in Colo. Photo by Joe Randleman

COLO – For a brief moment the Colo-Nesco volleyball team put a scare into No. 8 Grandview Park Baptist during the Class 1A regional quarterfinal game between the two teams Oct. 31 in Colo.

The Royals gave the home crowd hope of a big upset after taking the first set from the Defenders. But Grandview Park Baptist took charge in the second set and never let up, topping Colo-Nesco in four sets.

In the opening set Colo-Nesco showed no fear in taking it to Grandview Park Baptist. The Royals started strong and withstood a late Defender rally to pull off a 25-22 victory.

Colo-Nesco also hung tough early in the second set. But Grandview Park Baptist grabbed firm control midway through the set and pulled away for a 25-14 win.

With the momentum on their side, the Defenders completely dominated the third set, winning 25-11. Colo-Nesco was unable to recover from the back-to-back losses and Grandview Park Baptist put the Royals away with another 25-14 win in the fourth set.

The Royals had 25 kills and 19 errors in 90 attacks for the match. They finished 55 of 61 serving with four aces and compiled eight blocks.

Middle blocker Caitlyn Riese and outside hitter Madison Farren turned in outstanding individual outings in their final match for the Royals. Riese had 16 digs, seven kills, three blocks and an assist and Farren finished with 16 digs, seven kills and one assist.

Hannah Buseman chipped in six digs, three kills, one block and one ace; McKenna Farren contributed 11 assists, four digs and three kills and Brittnee Packer came through with eight assists, four digs and two aces for the Royals. Sam Riese added four kills, one block and one ace; Melanie Van Loon had two kills and one block; Kylie Sarver finished with seven digs; Shayla Dean delivered three digs and two assists and Tabitha Halferty picked up two blocks.

Colo-Nesco completed the season with a 13-13 record.

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