COLO – The Colo-Nesco volleyball team survived a big rally by North Tama Sept. 26 in Colo as a dominant rally game gave the Royals their third Iowa Star Conference victory.
Colo-Nesco appeared in firm control of the match after two sets. The Royals dominated the opening set, 25-12, and they outlasted the Redhawks in a 28-26 thriller in set two.
With the match seemingly in hand, Colo-Nesco went flat in the third set and suffered a 25-16 setback. They were unable to get out of their funk in the fourth set, losing 25-18.
Suddenly the Royals had to play a rally game for all the marbles and all the momentum was on North Tama’s side. But the Redhawk surge ran out of gas in the rally game as Colo-Nesco regrouped to score a convincing 15-6 win, improving to 7-9 on the season and 3-1 in the ISC.
For the match Colo-Nesco did a great job attacking on offense. The Royals compiled 48 kills against just nine errors for a kill-efficiency rate of .415.
Colo-Nesco also produced a solid block, finishing with 15 blocks as a team. The Royals also collected 10 aces on a 96 of 112 serving effort.
Caitlyn Riese had a tremendous all-around match individually for the Royals at middle blocker. Riese slammed down 21 kills with only five attack errors and she delivered 15 digs and five blocks on defense.
Riese also went 16 of 18 serving with an ace.
Sam Riese was a force at the net. She tallied 13 kills against just three errors and added four blocks and three digs.
Hannah Buseman and Madison Farren finished with five kills apiece. Buseman also contributed nine digs and two blocks and Farren had nine digs and one block along with a 21 of 23 serving effort that included two aces.
McKenna Farren handed out 25 assists and she went 19 of 19 serving with two aces. Brittnee Packer compiled 18 assists and she was the top Colo-Nesco server after going 23 of 24 with five aces.
Kylie Sarver led Colo-Nesco in digs with 20 and Shayla Dean tacked on seven.
WATERLOO – Colo-Nesco suffered its first Iowa Star Conference loss of the season Sept. 24 as the Royals were swept by Waterloo Christian in Waterloo.
Each set was close, with Colo-Nesco losing twice by just two points. The Royals suffered a 27-25 setback in the opening set, a 25-21 loss in set two and they dropped set three by a 26-24 score.
Caitlyn Rise had nine kills, seven blocks, three digs and one ace in a losing effort for Colo-Nesco. Madison Farren finished with six kills, one block and one ace, Sam Riese delivered five kills and one block and Melanie Van Look chipped in two kills.
Brandi Erickson led the team in digs with five. Hannah Buseman delivered four and Shayla Dean tacked on three.
McKenna Farren dished out 10 assists and she also had two aces. Brittnee Packer contributed seven assists and one ace and Tabitha Halferty totaled two blocks.