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Royal volleyball team aims high in 2013

Senior middle blocker Caitlyn Riese will be a force at the net for the Colo-Nesco volleyball team in 2013 as the Royals set their sights on a second-straight winning season. Photo by Joe Randleman
Senior middle blocker Caitlyn Riese will be a force at the net for the Colo-Nesco volleyball team in 2013 as the Royals set their sights on a second-straight winning season. Photo by Joe Randleman

C-N looks to contend for ISC South Division crown

The Colo-Nesco volleyball team has the potential to achieve a second-consecutive winning season in 2013.

Last season Colo-Nesco went 14-12, after going 6-14 in 2011. With the return of senior all-Iowa Star Conference middle blocker Caitlyn Riese and several other experienced players the Royals will attempt to do even better this fall under the direction of first-year head coach Dana Johnson.

“The goal I have set for the girls is to be Iowa Star Conference champs,” Johnson said. “I also would like the girls to improve on their record from last year and to be playing their best come tournament time. A deep run in the postseason is also something I would like to see accomplished.”

Having Riese back certainly will help Colo-Nesco in its quest to achieve those lofty goals. Last year Riese racked up an impressive 178 kills with a kill-efficiency rate of .274, and she also led the team in blocks with 69.

But Riese is far from the only big weapon Colo-Nesco has returning from a year ago.

The Royals also return second-team all-ISC performers McKenna and Madison Farren and all-ISC honorable mention middle blocker Sam Riese.

The Farren twins will be seniors this year. McKenna dished out 207 assists at setter and she also had 85 digs and 26 kills and blocks apiece last year; Madison delivered 99 digs, 94 kills and 24 blocks in 2012.

Sam, a junior, came through with 64 kills and 37 blocks a year ago.

Senior Kylie Sarver is back at the libero spot to anchor the back row for Colo-Nesco. She had 72 digs a year ago.

Junior Brandi Erickson will also see time at libero. Erickson had 54 digs last season.Juniors Hannah Buseman, Brittnee Packer, Shayla Dean and Tabitha Halferty will fill out the rest of the varsity rotation. Last year Buseman had 19 kills at outside hitter and Packer dished out 75 assists at setter.

Janesville will be favored to win the ISC North Division and take the overall conference title as the Wildcats begin the season ranked second in Class 1A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Don Bosco will be the top team the Royals are shooting for in the South Division as the Dons are rated 15th in 1A.

“Our key matches will be with Don Bosco, North Tama, Dunkerton, Clarksville and Ogden,” Johnson said.

Colo-Nesco begins the season tonight with a non-conference match at Madrid. The match is set to start at 6 p.m.

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