Norse take second at W-G Invite

Joe Randleman Staff Writer
Roland-Story middle hitter Madison Martindale goes up for a kill attempt during the Norse sweep over Prairie City-Monroe Oct. 15 in Story City. Photo by Kevin Patterson.

WOODWARD — The Roland-Story volleyball team concluded the regular season by going 4-1 to take second at the Woodward-Granger Invitational Saturday.

The Norsemen swept South Hardin (21-13, 21-15), Grand View Christian (22-20, 21-11), Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center (21-14, 23-21) and Fort Dodge (21-13, 21-14). Their only loss came to Woodward-Granger in three sets as they won the first by a 21-15 score, lost the second by the same 21-15 margin and then dropped the rally game, 15-6.

For the tournament Madison Geise had 75 assists, becoming Roland-Story’s all-time leader in assists with 1,477 before the end of her sophomore season. Geise also had 25 kills, 22 digs, nine blocks and two aces in another tremendous all-around showing.

Amy Rathmacher had 37 kills and 13 digs, Reagan Barkema 17 kills and seven blocks, Juliann Clark 39 digs and 16 kills and Ava Charlson 45 digs and 10 assists. Reagan Schmitz added 28 digs, Madison Martindale five kills, six blocks and four aces, Megan Greenfield 15 kills, five digs and three blocks, Dani Grady 17 digs and four aces and Sydney Lively four digs and one ace.

Roland-Story concluded the tournament with a 28-10 overall record.

STORY CITY — Roland-Story started strong against North Polk on senior night Oct. 17, but the Norsemen ran out of gas in a four-set loss to the Comets.

Roland-Story dominated the first set against a strong Comet squad, winning 25-13. But North Polk came back with a 25-20 win in the second and then controlled the next two sets, downing the Norse by 25-18 and 25-17 decisions.

With the loss Roland-Story finished 4-3 in the Heart of Iowa Conference to place fourth behind Nevada (7-0), Gilbert (6-1) and North Polk (5-2).

The Norsemen had 41 kills and 22 errors in 162 attacks against North Polk. The Norse picked up 96 digs and 14 blocks and went 75 of 79 serving with five aces.

Amy Rathmacher stepped up big on senior night, going for 15 kills, 12 digs and three blocks in a losing effort. Madison Geise had 33 assists, 21 digs, eight kills and two blocks and Juliann Clark 18 digs, six kills, two assists and one block and ace apiece.

Ava Charlson tacked on 21 digs, four assists and two aces, Reagan Schmitz 14 digs and one ace and Reagan Barkema five blocks and four kills. Megan Greenfield recorded three kills and two digs, Dani Grady two digs, Emily Berggren one block and Sidney Lively one dig.

STORY CITY — Roland-Story used an efficient attack to sweep Prairie City-Monroe in Heart of Iowa Conference play Oct. 15.

The Norse whipped the Mustangs by scores of 25-12, 25-10 and 25-12 in improving to 24-8 overall and 4-2 in the HOIC. Roland-Story had 37 kills and only 14 errors in 87 attacks to easily win each set.

The Norsemen also had 51 digs in the back row and five blocks defensively at the net. They went 69 of 73 serving with five aces.

Amy Rathmacher had 12 kills, six digs and one block, Madison Geise 22 assists, eight kills, eight digs, two aces and one block and Reagan Barkema seven kills for Roland-Story. Juliann Clark put up 18 digs and added four assists, two aces and two kills, Ava Charslon finished with 10 digs, seven assists and one ace and Reagan Schmitz chipped in four digs.

Megan Greenfield delivered five kills and two digs and Madison Martindale three kills and two blocks for the Norse. Emily Berggren added one block and Dani Grady and Sydney Lively one dig apiece.