Clarinda battles back to defeat Glenwood

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

            Glenwood won the first two games but couldn’t hang on for the win as Clarinda battled back from a 2-0 deficit to down the Rams 25-19, 25-19, 18-25, 22-25, 15-13 in Hawkeye 10 Conference volleyball last Tuesday.

            After playing nearly flawless in the first two games, the Rams seemed to lose focus and Clarinda responded by rattling off three straight wins to seal the win.

“I was very happy with how we played in the first two sets of the match,” said Glenwood coach Maria Jacobus. “I think we got scared of making a mistake in the third set which caused us to get back on our heals and we lost some of our aggressive offense and momentum that served us so well earlier in the match.”

            Jacobus thought her team bounced back in the fourth and fifth sets, coming back to even the score or go up by one or two several times, but ultimately couldn’t put the Cardinals away.

            Grace Newman, who had 17 kills, came through big for the Rams, Jacobus said. The first-year head coach also cited the play of Emily Blum and Maddie VanScoy at the net and the setting of both  McKenna Henze and Bailey Starner.

            Jacobus said the Cardinals’ decision to go to top hitter Darcy Sunderman almost exclusively after the second game was really the difference in Clarinda’s comeback.

“This was a tough loss for us, but at the same time, anyone who was in the gym on Tuesday night got to see firsthand what I've been watching since June,” Jacobus said.  “This team has come a long way in a very short period of time and they can play up against anyone.  We've got a lot of conference matches still ahead of us and we're looking forward to each and every one of them.”

Glenwood recorded a season-high 31 kills in the match, led by Newman’s 17. Megan McKern and Emily Blum added five each.

            McKenna Henze dished out 18 assists and Bailey Starner 13.

            Megan Crouch had 15 digs.


Rams sweep triangular

            Glenwood found its winning ways on Aug. 30 with a sweep of Omaha Roncalli and Omaha South.

            The Rams dominated both matches, sweeping South 25-6, 25-9 and Roncalli 25-12, 25-13.

“We worked on our defense in practice on Wednesday, and I believe it showed in our matches,” said Glenwood coach Maria Jacobus.  “The girls were excited to play at home and our level of competitiveness was much higher than 48 hours previous.  We were able to work on different offensive looks and got some of our reserve players on the floor, as well.  I was very pleased with what I saw, offensively and defensively.”

Against South, Glenwood hit .517 with 17 kills in 29 swings. Grace Newman led the way with seven kills and Emily Blum added four.

The Rams had just six kills against Roncalli but recorded 20 blocks and 13 aces in the sweep.

For the triangular Glenwood had a total of 22 aces. Newman and Bailey Starner recorded four aces each.


Kuemper Catholic 25-25-25

Glenwood 18-17-12

            Glenwood went on the road to open its Hawkeye 10 Conference schedule and lost 25-18, 25-17, 25-12 to Kuemper Catholic on Aug. 28.

            “We knew heading into this match that it was going to be a tough game, but we felt like we could compete with the Knights on their home floor,” said Glenwood coach Maria Jacobus. “We struggled with our serve receive and blocking, and unfortunately Kuemper was able to capitalize on those weaknesses.  It's always difficult to come away from a two-plus hour bus ride and play well, but the girls aren't using that as an excuse.”

            Glenwood hit just .128 in the match with 12 kills in 39 chances. Grace Newman had six kills and Courtney Magnussen three.


Rams 3-2 at Harlan tourney

            The Glenwood volleyball team went 3-2 on Aug. 25 at the Harlan Invitational Tournament.

            The Rams (2-1) defeated Shenandoah 26-15, 25-9,  Underwood 25-22, 22-25, 16-14 and Denison 21-18, 21-12. Glenwood tallied losses to Treynor 19-21, 18-21 and East Sac County 13-21, 21-12.

            “I was pleased overall with our efforts,” said Glenwood coach  Maria Jacobus.  “We placed third and came away 3-2 on the day.  The two matches we lost in pool play, we had opportunities to win, but made some mental mistakes that cost us those matches.  However, we came back strong in the afternoon and battled back.”

            Grace Newman led the Rams with 25 kills in the five matches. Megan McKern added 10 kills.

            McKenna Henze dished up 30 assists and had seven aces in the three matches.