SPORTS SHORTS: MCC volleyball opens with a victory

Marshalltown Community College volleyball opened up their year with a four-set victory over Ellsworth, taking down the Panthers 25-16, 14-25, 25-8, 25-15.

The Tigers are extremely young this season, boasting 11 freshmen on the squad, and head coach Justin Hoskins said he was happy with his girls coming out with the victory but they still have a long way to go this year.

“I think we played a complete game, but we still have moments where you can tell we are not yet used to playing with each other and we need to clean that up, but overall I’m happy with the team’s performance,” Hoskins said.

Jesenia Colbert led the team offensively with 16 kills, while Tiana Bolar had 17 digs. Darrien Nelson was the leader in blocks with five.

Hoskins said the area he felt his girls excelled in the most in the win was in the passing game.

“I believe our serve-receive was very good,” he said. “Tiana Bolar, Celeste Barron-Nicoletti and Kaci Allgood passed very well and that allowed us to get into an offensive flow.”

Next up for Tigers volleyball is the John Haller Tournament at St. Cloud Tech in St. Cloud, Minn., over the weekend.

Royals volleyball falls to Madrid in 3

MADRID — Colo-NESCO volleyball started off their season with a loss in straight sets on Tuesday to Madrid, falling 25-15, 25-13, 25-14 to the Tigers on the road.

Rylee Purvis led the Royals in kills on the night with four, followed by Lauren Riese with three and a host of Colo-NESCO girls with two kills. Purvis was effective defensively as well with nine digs and a solo block.

Madrid was paced by Shaly Peters offensively, who had eight kills on the night, while Trinity Heeren had ten digs in the match. Madrid also had 12 aces as a team against the Royals.

GMG junior hits hole-in-one

Blaze Krull, a junior at GMG, hit a hole-in-one on Saturday at Wandering Creek Golf Course on the par-3 seventh hole. Krull used his pitching wedge to clear the 160 yards to the hole, as Scott Doran witnessed the shot.

Baccam wins Wandering Creek crown

Wandering Creek Golf Course hosted its 2017 Club Championship on Saturday, with 28 members participating in a handicap and scratch division.

Dave Baccam took first in the scratch division, with Sam Weatherman finishing in second and Tim Bell taking third.

In the handicap division, John Witt won with Steve Dunham taking second and Owen Kerber taking third.