NEVADA - A rough night in serve receive proved costly for the Nevada volleyball team in its Heart of Iowa Conference opener against Roland-Story Sept. 6 at Nevada.
The Cubs gave up 13 aces to the Norse and had difficulty setting up their attack throughout most of the match. As a result, the Cubs fell in four sets to the team that snapped their 51-match winning streak in HOIC play a year ago.
“When we are thrown out of system — when we don’t have the ball control we typically have — it just throws everything else off,” Nevada head volleyball coach Lori Stephenson said. “I think it rattled us a little bit tonight.”
Nevada suffered 25-20 and 25-22 losses in the first two sets.
In the first set Nevada fell behind 10-6, rallied to even things up at 14-14, but then sputtered down the stretch. The second set saw Roland-Story build a 20-12 lead, then hold off a late Cub surge.
A strong block helped Nevada regroup in the third set to prevent a sweep.
The Cubs battled back from facing set point with a 24-21 deficit as Sydney Mosinski and two Roland-Story errors helped Nevada tie the score. A timely block followed by another Norse error helped Nevada finish off the comeback for a 27-25 victory.
The momentum stayed with Nevada early in the fourth set, with the Cubs jumping out to a 3-0 lead. But Roland-Story eventually assumed control and dominated for a long stretch of play to build a 22-12 lead.
For a brief moment, Nevada did put a little scare into the Norse as the Cubs closed to within 22-18 following a Mikayla Long block, Kacie Rewerts tip and Roland-Story error. But the Norse scored the next three points to close out the match.
Nevada finished with a kill-efficiency rate of just .072 with 38 kills and 29 errors in 125 attacks. The Cubs served at a 91-percent clip with 11 aces and had 49 digs.
Defense at the net gave Nevada something to build on going forward. The Cubs racked up an impressive 17 blocks in defeat.
“I would expect as a team we will be blocking three a (set) by the time its over,” Stephenson said. “The timing is improving as they are learning how to read the game better.”
Long led the defensive charge with seven blocks and she also had three kills and one ace. Kacie Rewerts came up with 12 kills, 13 digs, three blocks and two aces and Morgan Tupper delivered 10 assists, eight digs, seven kills, three blocks and two aces.
Mosinski chipped in six kills and two blocks, Kelby Rewerts five kills and one dig and Hannah Thomsen two blocks and kills apiece. Amanda Fortmann was strong at setter, recording 20 assists, four digs, three kills and three aces and Ellie Gray had 15 digs, two assists and one dig in the back row.
Jaeden Heintz tacked on five digs and two aces and Madison Stevens one dig and assist apiece for the Cubs.
Roland-Story tallied 39 kills and 20 errors in 113 attacks for a .168 kill-efficiency rate, improving to 8-1 on the season. MaKayla Geise had 13 kills, nine digs, five aces and three blocks; Rylie Goeders 11 kills and two blocks; Madison Geise 31 assists, eight digs, three kills and two aces and Taryn Johnston 12 digs and two aces for the Norse.