Spartans start NICL West with sweep

GRUNDY CENTER – Kylie Willis compiled 12 kills and Brooke Flater had 10 more as the Grundy Center volleyball team took down Gladbrook-Reinbeck in three sets, 25-19, 25-10, 25-11, in Thursday’s NICL West Division opener.

Landry Luhring and Hailey Wallis contributed six kills apiece, and Sydney Mathews tallied 35 assists in the sweep for the Spartans (3-1, 1-0). Kyah Luhring served 20-for-23 with four aces, and Emmy Kracht was 10-for-10 with three aces. Allyson Grimm and Landry Luhring led the defense with eight digs each, and Willis had a team-best five blocks.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck (4-1, 0-1) was paced by Megan Swanson’s six kills. Tessa Sienknecht added four kills, while Maddie Frischmeyer had 11 assists and was 7-for-7 serving with an ace. Karlee Clark went 9-for-9 with two service aces for the Rebels.

The two teams play each other in the opening round of today’s Mount Vernon Tournament.

Clippers come back past South Tama

TAMA – Clear Creek-Amana completed the comeback from a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 victory against the South Tama County volleyball in Thursday’s WaMaC Conference contest.

The host Trojans (0-2) were unable to finish off the Clippers (6-2), falling 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16, 15-10.

Sadie Smith led South Tama with 10 kills and was 15-for-17 serving with an ace. Kaitlin Berger had eight kills and three blocks, while Saylor Upah chipped in five kills. Abby Llewellyn added four kills and three blocks. STC senior setter Sabrina Holtz totaled 19 assists and was 19-for-19 serving with three aces. Serena Lowe served 18-for-18 and McKenna Knock was 18-for-19 with an ace. Lowe also led the Trojans with 25 digs.

Redhawks handle Dunkerton netters

TRAER – The North Tama volleyball team improved to 5-2 this season with a 3-1 triumph against Dunkerton in Thursday’s Iowa Star Conference match.

Katie Kopriva led the Redhawks with 15 kills and five blocks, while Marika Kopriva had 11 kills, a team-high 21 assists, and was 19-for-20 serving with two aces. Takoa Kopriva racked up 21 digs and went 15-for-15 serving with an ace. Lydia Schafer contributed six kills, while Isabel Sierra served 19-for-20. McKenzie Wood amassed 14 digs and served 11-for-11.