R-S wins Norsemen Invite

Joe Randleman Staff Writer
The Roland-Story volleyball players and coaches pose with their championship plaque after winning the Norsemen Invitational Sept. 30 in Story City. Photo by Peg Patterson.

BONDURANT — The Roland-Story volleyball team pulled off an exciting five-set victory over Bondurant-Farrar in a non-conference match Oct. 1 at Bondurant.

The Norsemen rallied from a 2-1 deficit to pull off the win and improve to 17-5 on the season. The victory was their fifth in a row.

Roland-Story won a 25-23 squeaker in the first set. Bondurant-Farrar took the next two by 25-21 and 25-17 scores, but the Norsemen responded just in time, winning the fourth set in a 25-22 battle to force a rally game.

In the rally game Roland-Story outclassed the Bluejays by a 15-10 score to close out the comeback victory. The Norsemen had 34 kills and 22 attack errors on offense, 101 digs and 14 blocks on defense and nine aces on a 94 of 102 serving effort.

The Norsemen pulled off the big win without the services of outside hitter Amy Rathmacher, who was out injured. Madison Geise stepped up with 18 assists, 10 digs, nine kills, four blocks and an ace, Reagan Barkema came up big at middle hitter with six kills and five blocks and Megan Greenfield was also clutch at the net with six kills.

Juliann Clark turned in a great all-around match with 32 digs, five kills and an ace. Ava Charlson, Dani Grady and Reagan Schmitz each came up big in the back row with Charlson recording 25 digs and four aces, Grady 15 digs and an ace and Schmitz 10 digs, two aces and one kill.

Madison Martindale put up five digs and four kills, Reagan Vogelaar, three assists three kills and two blocks and Reece Johnson one dig.

STORY CITY — Roland-Story upset a ranked BCLUW team to win the Norsemen Invitational Sept. 30 in Story City.

The Norsemen downed BCLUW in three sets in the championship match. They prevailed despite not having outside hitter Amy Rathmacher, who was injured earlier in the tournament.

Roland-Story dominated the opening set with BCLUW, winning 21-9. BCLUW rebounded with a 21-14 win in the second set, but Roland-Story halted that momentum in the rally game, pulling off a 15-11 victory to take the match.

The Norsemen put up 25 kills against just 11 attack errors in the win over the Comets. They also tallied and impressive 13 blocks and were 48 of 49 serving with three aces.

Junior Megan Greenfield came up big in Rathmacher’s absence, recording nine kills and adding five digs and three blocks. Madison Geise had another great all-around match with 14 assists, six kills, six digs and three blocks, Madison Martindale recorded four kills and three blocks and Reagan Barkema chipped in three kills and two blocks.

Juliann Clark added eight digs, two aces, one kill and one block. Ava Charlson produced 13 digs and one ace, Reagan Schmitz three digs, one kill and one block, Reagan Vogelaar two assists and one dig, Dani Grady two digs and Reece Johnson one kill.

Roland-Story swept Carlisle (21-14, 21-18) and Madrid (21-11, 21-6) in its other two matches.

In the win over Carlisle Geise had 15 assists, 11 digs, five kills and a block, Clark four kills, five digs and two assists and Rathmacher four kills, three digs and one block. Greenfield chipped in three kills, Barkema three kills, two blocks and a dig, Martindale two kills and digs a piece plus a block, Johnson one kill and dig apiece, Charlson seven digs and Schmitz two digs.

Against Madrid Geise finished with 16 assists, five kills and four digs, Rathmacher six kills and two blocks, Barkema five kills and one assists and Clark four kills, two assists, one dig and one ace. Martindale put up two kills, Sydney Lively one kill and dig apiece and Emily Berggren one kill.

Johnson added five digs, Charlson four digs and two aces, Schmitz one assist and one dig and Greenfield one assist in the win over Madrid.