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Nevada goes 1-4 against tough early slate: Cubs knock off Roosevelt in opening quad

Joe Randleman
Nevada Journal

ANKENY — The Nevada volleyball team suffered two losses to ranked Class 5A teams at the Ankeny Centennial Invitational Saturday.

The Cubs, ranked seventh in 3A to start the season, lost in four sets to Indianola and were swept in three sets by Ankeny Centennial in falling to 1-4 on the season. Indianola is ranked 15th and Centennial eighth in 5A.

Nevada dominated its first set against Indianola, but struggled the rest of the way. The Cubs won the opener, 25-15, but then suffered 25-17, 25-23 and 25-17 losses.

For the match Nevada had a kill-efficiency rate of 12 percent to Indianola’s 14.9 percent. The Cubs had 11 blocks to just four for the Indians, but averaged over three fewer digs per set and had 10 fewer aces for the match.

Lily Goos

Shelbi Hazlitt had eight kills, Sydney Mosinski seven and Lily Goos six for Nevada in the match. Hazlitt and Mosinski also recorded three blocks apiece and Goos added one.

Hannah Thomsen had four kills and one block and Emma Strottman three kills and two blocks. Maddie Dunham had 14 assists and nine digs, Katelyn Kingsbury 13 assists and five digs, Erin Coogler 12 digs and Ellie Gray four digs.

Kingsbury was 18 of 19 serving with two aces and Goose added three aces against Indianola.

Ankeny Centennial handed Nevada 25-13, 25-20 and 25-15 losses. The Cubs were hurt by several attack errors, finishing with a minus 3.6-percent efficiency rate to Centennial’s 24.5-percent rate.

Maddie Dunham

Mosinski had nine kills and three blocks, Dunham five kills and assists apiece, Kingsbury 15 assists and four digs, Ashlyn Sporrer four kills and Coogler and Gray nine digs apiece against the Jaguars. Gray went 10 of 10 with one ace and freshman Reagan Davis 9 of 10 with one ace as the top Cub servers in the match.

DIKE — Nevada picked up one win and dropped two matches to top-five teams at the Dike-New Hartford quadrangular to open the season.

The Cubs, ranked seventh in Class 3A to open the season, defeated Des Moines Roosevelt, a 5A school, in three sets. Nevada prevailed by a 25-23 score in the first set, suffered a 27-25 loss in the second then won the rally game, 15-11.

The Cubs were swept by a Cedar Falls team ranked fifth in 5A and a Dike-New Hartford squad rated third in 2A. Cedar Falls handed Nevada 25-10 and 25-22 losses and DNH dealt the Cubs 25-22 and 25-20 setbacks.

Over the three sets Lily Goos had 13 kills and 15 digs, Sydney Mosinski 14 kills and eight blocks, Maddie Dunham 26 assists, 20 digs and two aces and Katelyn Kingsbury 18 assists and 15 digs. Hannah Thomsen added 10 kills, six blocks and two aces, Shelbi Hazlitt eight kills and six digs, Erin Coogler 15 digs and one ace and Ellie Gray 11 digs.