Roland-Story’s volleyball team beat Nevada at home on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The Norse won 3-1, with scores of 27-25, 20-25, 25-20 and 25-23.
It was Senior Night, and seniors Hailey Louw, Jenna Clark and Madison Friest were recognized. All three seniors added some impressive figures to the stat sheet. Louw had 13 digs, five assists and was 21 of 21 in serves. Clark had 40 assists, eight digs, two kills and was 15 of 15 in serves. Friest had 10 kills.
For most of the first set, the Norse were down (6-11, 9-14, 12-17), but then the girls made a big comeback. Amy Rathmacher’s serving and defense along with kills from Juliann and Jenna Clark put Roland-Story back in the game at 16-17. Then the Norse tied it at 19-19 and took the lead on two kills by MaKayla Geise. The two teams tied again at 25-25, with the Norse winning the first set 27-25.
The Norse lost the second set. They started off Set 3 6-0 but came back to win 25-20.
The fourth — and potentially deciding set — was back and forth. The Norse were down 21-23 when two kills by MaKayla Geise and one by Amy Rathmacher tied it 23-23. The Norse went on to win 25-23.
“This was a great win for the program and the seniors. Nevada had not been beaten in conference since 2011!” said coach Molly Geise. “These girls showed such belief in themselves and their teammates to come back the way we did. Nevada has a really good libero and she dug up a ton of hard hit balls. Our hitters stayed patient and found some open spots. Our defense was amazing. Nevada’s hitters could place the ball very well but we adjusted quickly.”
MaKayla Geise had 26 kills, five digs and a block and was 10 of 14 in serves with one ace. Juliann Clark has six kills, six digs, one assist, one block and was 15 of 16 in serves. Rylie Goeders had five kills, one dig and two blocks. Taryn Johnston had 13 digs and was 21 of 21 in serves. Amy Rathmacher had six kills, three digs, three blocks and was 14 of 14 in serves with two aces.
The tournament in Perry on Thursday, Oct. 5, brought one win and three losses for the Norse.
Roland-Story beat Saydel 2-0 with scores of 21-8 and 21-6. The Norse rained down aces on Saydel; Amy Rathmacher was 13 of 13 serves with five aces, Hailey Louw was 12 of 12 with four aces, Jenna Clark was six of six with two aces, Juliann Clark was six of six with one ace, and Sydney Weaver was two of two with one ace.
With 15 assists and a kill against Saydel, Jenna Clark hit 1,000 career assists.
“Jenna has become such a great setter,” Geise said. “She works extremely hard and has a great way of leading our team. Jenna is already 249 assists higher than last year. To me, that shows just how much improvement she has made even over this past year.”
Whitney Erickson had three kills and two blocks. MaKayla Geise had seven kills. Rylie Goeders had four kills and a block. Amy Rathmacher had three kills, two digs and a block.
Roland-Story lost to Ballard 1-2, with scores of 22-20, 17-21 and 12-15. Jenna Clark had 24 assists, Juliann Clark had 12 digs and six kills, Madison Friest had seven kills, MaKayla Geise had eight kills, Taryn Johnston had five digs, and Hailey Louw had nine digs.
The loss to Woodward-Granger in two sets had scores of 19-21 and 15-21. Key stats in the game included 12 assists from Jenna Clark and Taryn Johnston with four aces in nine serves.
The match against Perry was a 1-2 loss, with scores of 19-21, 21-9 and 12-15.
Jenna Clark had 20 assists, six digs, two kills and was 9 of 10 in serves with one ace.
MaKayla Geise had 11 kills, six digs and was four of five in serves. Madison Friest had six kills and Taryn Johnston had seven digs and was seven of seven in serves. Hailey Louw had three digs and was 11 of 11 in serves with one ace. Amy Rathmacher had four kills and was 10 of 10 in serves.
“Going 1-3 wasn’t exactly how we wanted to see the night go. We just seemed off our game a bit; it was just enough we weren’t able to pull away from some good teams. We will learn from this and be better for it,” Geise said.
Roland-Story had two wins and two losses at the Hampton-Dumont tournament on Saturday, Oct. 7.
“It was a great tourney with lots of competitive teams,” Geise said. “Five out of 12 teams were ranked.”
In pool play, the Norse beat Hampton and Denver. They lost to Kuemper Catholic, who are rated second in 3A. The Norse placed second in their pool. In the quarterfinals, Roland-Story played Iowa Falls, who were first place in another pool. Kuemper ended up winning the tourney, beating the No. 1 ranked team in 1A.
The Norse beat Hampton-Dumont 2-1 with scores of 21-18, 17-21 and 15-12.
MaKayla Geise had 14 kills, one assist, one dig and was 12 of 12 in serves. Jenna Clark had 27 assists, seven digs, one kill and was nine of nine in serves. Rylie Goeders had seven kills and two blocks. Juliann Clark had five kills, four digs, a block and was 12 of 12 in serves. Amy Rathmacher had six kills, one block and was 10 of 10 in serves. Taryn Johnston had five digs and was four of four in serves.
Roland-Story swept Denver in two sets with scores of 21-8 and 21-10. Jenna Clark has 19 assists. MaKayla Geise had seven kills and was seven of seven in serves with two aces. Hailey Louw was nine of nine in serves with one ace, and Amy Rathmacher was seven of seven in serves and also had three kills and a block.
The Norse lost the match against Carroll Kuemper Catholic 0-2, with scores of 11-21 and 18-21. Highlights included 12 assists from Jenna Clark and nine kills by MaKayla Geise.
“We gave Kuemper a good scare, especially in set 2, only losing by 3,” said Coach Geise. “We served 80 percent that match, which is much lower than our average of 94 percent. However, our passing was at its best. We made a lot of great plays.”
A 1-2 loss to Iowa Falls-Alden had scores of 22-20, 10-21 and 10-15. Key stats from the match include 17 assists from Jenna Clark, eight kills by MaKayla Geise, five kills by Madison Friest, six digs from Taryn Johnston and seven digs by Hailey Louw.
“We beat No. 12-ranked Iowa Falls in the first set of quarterfinals but ended up losing the match in 3,” Geise said.