Norse volleyball team goes 4-1 at Hampton-Dumont-CAL Invitational: No. 12 Roland-Story goes to 23-6

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Roland-Story libero Ally Ringsby goes for a dig during the No. 12 Norse's sweep of South Hamilton Oct. 5 in Story City.

The 12th-ranked (Class 3A) Roland-Story volleyball team went 4-1 at the Hampton-Dumont-CAL Invitational Saturday at Hampton and swept South Hamilton for a Heart of Iowa Conference victory Oct. 5 at Story City.

At Hampton the Norse defeated Grand View Christian in three sets, winning 21-11, losing 21-19 then pulling off an 18-16 victory in the rally game. Roland-Story swept Iowa Falls-Alden (21-17, 21-16), Kuemper Catholic (25-21, 25-20) and Ames (25-19, 25-17) and fell to 14th-ranked Independence (25-19, 25-17) in going to 23-6 on the season.

The Norsemen downed South Hamilton by scores of 25-18, 25-22 and 25-17 to remain perfect in the HOIC at 6-0 with just one conference match remaining.

Here's what we learned from Roland-Story's performances over the week:

Geise keeps up great play at setter

Roland-Story setter Madison Geise, who recently reached 500 kills for her career, continued to play at a high level during the tournament at Hampton.

Geise had 87 assists and 28 kills during the tournament. She also finished with 32 digs and five blocks.

Madison Geise starts a set during Roland-Story's HOIC sweep of South Hamilton Oct. 5 in Story City.

During the South Hamilton match Geise recorded 23 assists, 14 kills and six digs.

Barkema reaches milestone

Roland-Story middle blocker Reagan Barkema reached 500 kills during the week. 

Barkema recorded 49 kills and five blocks during the HDC tournament. She was remarkably consistent during the tournament, picking up exactly 10 kills in every match except Independence, where she had nine.

Barkema delivered nine kills and one block in the win over South Hamilton.

Ringsby plays well at libero

Senior libero Ally Ringsby had a good week in the back row for Roland-Story.

Ringsby recorded 32 digs at the HDC tournament. She also had 13 at South Hamilton.

Freshman Kamryn Lande was the top server during the week for the Norse. She totaled nine aces overall.

Norse can wrap up HOIC title Thursday

Roland-Story can wrap-up the HOIC championship this Thursday. They host West Marshall in their final match of conference play.

Roland-Story is sitting at 6-0 in the conference after its Oct. 5 sweep over South Hamilton.