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Roland-Story sweeps Greene County at home: No. 11 Norse go to 9-1

Joe Randleman
Story City Herald
Roland-Story's Reagan Schmitz (5), Madison Martindale (center) and Reagan Vogelaar (11) celebrate a point during the second set of the Norse's match with Greene County Sept. 10 in Story City. The No. 11 Norse swept the Rams to go to 9-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

STORY CITY - For most of the night it was smooth sailing for the Roland-Story volleyball team in a Heart of Iowa Conference sweep of Greene County Sept. 10.

Roland-Story, ranked 11th in Class 3A, had a little trouble in the second set, but breezed to victory in the first and third in improving to 9-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

The Norse cruised to 25-12 victories in both the first and third sets. In between they won a 25-23 battle after falling behind 15-12.

“Our goal is to compete the entire time and not have those lulls,” Roland-Story head coach Molly Geise said. “It always comes down to your first pass and if you can get a good ball there. We struggled for just a little bit. But we got that fixed and got back on track.”

Kills by Megan Greenfield and Reagan Vogelaar enabled Roland-Story to take a 17-16 lead in the second set. A Vogelaar block pushed and double-hit penalty on Greene County pushed the advantage to 20-17.

Greene County responded with a 3-0 run capped by a Natalie Heupel ace to tie the score back up. It went back and forth over the next six points until a Greene County error gave Roland-Story a 24-23 lead.

With the set on the line Roland-Story setter Madison Geise came up with a big tip kill to sew up the victory.

Roland-Story senior Dani Grady serves the ball during the second set of a Norse sweep over Greene County Sept. 10 in Story City.

Geise had 30 assists, seven kills, six assists and two aces in the win. She was just happy to get another match in during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep a potentially special season going for Roland-Story.

“Coming in we’re so blessed to get volleyball,” Madison Geise said. “You never know when it’s going to end. It’s just a special group and we don’t want it to end, so we’re doing everything we can to stay safe.”

With Madison running the attack Roland-Story had an outstanding kill-efficiency rate of 35.7 percent. The Norse averaged 11.7 kills per set and were 66 of 73 serving with eight aces.

Megan Greenfield stepped up with another strong all-around performance at outside hitter. She had 13 digs, six kills and one ace on 14 of 15 serving.

“Since I’m a senior I felt like I needed to step up and do my best and do what I can to improve as much as I can,” Greenfield said. “I think it’s paying off - all the work I’ve put in throughout the summers.”

Coach Geise said it is nice to see Greenfield provide strong all-around play to help keep the team among the best in 3A.

“She’s exceeding all expectations,” Molly Geise said. “We saw a little bit of that last year and she hasn’t slowed down.”

Madison Martindale had six kills and two blocks, Reagan Barkema five kills and two blocks, Vogelaar four kills and two blocks and Reagan Schmitz four kills and six digs. Ava Charlson finished with 14 digs and one ace and kill apiece, Dani Grady two kills and one dig and Ally Ringsby and Reagan Faber one dig apiece for the Norse.