Roland-Story volleyball team gets HOIC win over Saydel, takes second at home tournament
The Roland-Story volleyball team placed second at the Norsemen Invitational Sept. 27 at Story City and picked up a Heart of Iowa Conference victory over Saydel Sept. 28 in Des Moines.
The Norse, ranked 14th in Class 3A, swept Newton with a pair of 21-8 victories and Marshalltown by 21-7 and 23-21 decisions to reach the championship game of the Norsemen Invitational. In the title game they fell to a South Hardin squad rated third in 2A, coming back from a 21-15 loss in the first set to take a 21-14 in the second, but dropping the rally game by a 15-4 score.
Roland-Story swept Saydel by scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-12 to go to 18-5 overall and remain perfect in the HOIC at 5-0.
Here is what we learned from Roland-Story's 3-1 week:
Geise reaches milestones
Roland-Story senior Madison Geise achieved a rare milestone for setters by reaching 500 kills for her career and also became the school's career leader in ace serves.
Geise, whose has dished out an amazing 2,403 assists for her career, hit the 500-kill mark during the Norsemen Invitational. She ended the tournament with 35 assists and 17 kills and also came up with 17 digs and four aces.
Geise achieved the ace record against Saydel. She recorded five aces against the Eagles and also finished with 26 assists, 11 digs and 10 kills.
Norse building efficient attack
Roland-Story had a 30.2 % kill-efficiency rate against Saydel. They posted 27.9 % versus Newton, 23.4 % against Marshalltown and 16.2 % against an elite South Hardin defense.
Faber and Lande playing well
Geise and middle blocker Reagan Barkema are the go-to weapons for Roland-Story at the net. Grace Dowling has also come on for the Norse.
But Reagan Faber and Kamryn Lande are starting to provide more depth.
Faber had nine kills and digs apiece during the Norsemen Invitational and eight kills and six digs against Saydel. Lande finished with six kills during the tournament.
Victoria Olson also stepped up against Saydel with five kills.