SPORTS SHORTS: Trojan netters take 2nd at Nevada

NEVADA — The West Marshall volleyball team powered through pool play with a 4-0 record before falling to Class 4A No. 11 Dallas Center-Grimes in the championship match at Saturday’s Nevada Tournament.

The Trojans lost only one set in pool play, beating Nevada (21-8, 21-16), Norwalk (21-16, 21-15), Des Moines Lincoln (21-12, 21-18) and Carroll (22-20, 12-21, 15-10) before running into the Fillies in the finals. Dallas Center-Grimes (17-3) prevailed in straight sets in the title bout, 25-14, 25-18.

Lexi Keigan compiled 22 kills, 25 digs, eight total blocks and was 25-of-25 serving with two aces to lead West Marshall (17-8) on the day. Catherine Sjoblom tallied 21 kills, 23 digs, three blocks and was 35-of-37 serving with two aces as well.

West Marshall setters Grace Porter and Hana Hohnstein had 41 and 33 assists, respectively, and both chalked up two service aces as well. Emma deNeui led the defense with 43 digs and was 33-for-38 serving with two aces. Teresa Disney led the Trojans with 10 solo blocks and three assists to go with her 15 kills, while Emma Meyer had nine total blocks and 11 kills.

The Trojans return to action Tuesday with an NICL West Division match at South Hardin.

Comets split at Dunkerton tourney

DUNKERTON — The BCLUW volleyball team split its four matches at the Dunkerton Tournament on Saturday, opening the day with back-to-back wins.

The Comets (11-8) swept Turkey Valley to start the tournament, 21-13, 21-11, and then strolled past Clarksville, 21-14, 21-10. Clear Creek-Amana slipped past BCLUW 21-17, 22-20, before Nashua-Plainfield picked up a three-set victory over the Comets, 21-12, 23-25, 16-14.

Easton Swanson piled up 38 kills, 35 digs and four blocks to lead BCLUW on the day. She also served 28-for-29 with two aces. Kerrigan Hatch came away with 15 kills, and Madison Ubben totaled 15 kills, two blocks and was 33-for-36 serving with a team-leading five aces.

Taryn Gall contributed 11 kills and Lauren Anderson had nine kills and three blocks, while Kaylee Goecke finished with 33 digs and 26-for-26 serving. Comet setter Cate Nason racked up 69 assists.

East Marshall goes 2-2 at STC Tourney

TAMA — The East Marshall volleyball almost doubled its win record by going 2-2 at the South Tama County Tournament on Saturday.

The Mustangs (5-14) won against BGM (21-8, 21-12) and North Fayette Valley (18-21, 22-20, 15-13) and lost to South Tama County (21-17, 21-17) in pool play then fell to Belle Plaine (19-21, 21-19, 15-10) in the first round of bracketed play.

Juliana Arifi had 28 kills and 25 digs on the day for East Marshall, while McKenzie Hinegardner had 33 assists and five aces. Brittany Anderson was the top defender with 37 digs, and Cloe Kelling had three blocks.

Tigers take down NIACC in four sets

The Marshalltown Community College volleyball team defeated NIACC in four sets in Friday’s cross-divisional contest, 26-24, 22-25, 25-18, 25-14.

“It feels good to win at home again in front of our own crowd,” said MCC freshman Jesenia Colbert. “We played more relaxed and played as a team. I think we minimized our mistakes and played more aggressively and that allowed us to put up points.

No statistics were available from the match. MCC (11-6) returns to action Monday with a trip to Iowa Falls for a 7 p.m. showdown with Ellsworth.

Redhawks sweep Valley Lutheran

CEDAR FALLS — The North Tama volleyball team earned yet another Iowa Star Conference South Division win on Thursday with a three-set sweep of Valley Lutheran on the road, 25-10, 25-9, 25-14.

Katie Kopriva had 18 kills for the Redhawks (18-3, 3-0) and Karly Jans had 14. Takoa Kopriva finished the match with 17 digs to lead defensively and Isabel Sierra had 27 assists.