Ram volleyball falls in five on road at Creston

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

Creston handed Glenwood it’s third straight Hawkeye 10 Conference loss with a 25-22, 20-25, 25-18, 21-25, 8-15 road defeat Thursday in Creston.

The Rams (12-11 overall, 4-4 in the conference) were playing without their top libero, Jaeda Wilson, who is done for the year with a stress fracture in her foot. Coach Chelsey Harvey juggled her lineup against the Panthers, sliding do-everything Sierra Stouder into that libero role with Erin Stanley moving up the front row in Stouder’s former spot. Harvey said she thought the new line up looked good, despite the loss.

“We played really well as a team and I don’t have anything to say negative about the game,” Harvey said. “Both teams played well and it was a good fight. We definitely battled and it was fun to see us not give up and stay in it.”

Harvey said her team hit well against Creston in the first four sets and only trailed off in their hitting in the final set when four consecutive hitting errors proved costly.

“I think we had some nervous energy,” Harvey said. “After losing to Harlan and St. Albert Tuesday, I think the girls really wanted this one bad and they put that first instead of playing for themselves. But we played aggressive. We didn’t make a lot of errors because of a lack of energy. We just couldn’t get it done.”

Elle Scarborough and Paige Hays led a balanced Ram attack with eight kills each. Emily Dodd added seven kills, Brielle Smith six and Brooklyn Taylor eight.

Rams drop two at home

Glenwood dropped a pair of Hawkeye 10 Conference road matches to Harlan and Council Bluffs St. Albert last Tuesday.

The Rams fell 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 to the host Cyclones and 25-5, 25-9, 25-9 to St. Albert.

“We definitely beat ourselves,” said Glenwood coach Chelsey Harvey. “We have just as much talent as those two teams. They’re good teams but thing they have is they are both confident teams. They tend to win more games than they lose and I think coming from Glenwood we’re used to losing more games so when we do win, we get really excited and we’re like ‘What do we do now? We shot ourselves in the foot and didn’t really play as a team.
“Our goal all year has been to play as a team and think this might have been a good wakeup call so the girls understand that.”

Elle Scarborough had 15 kills combined in the two matches to lead Glenwood.

Harvey commended the play of libero Jaeda Wilson, who had 27 digs combine in the two matches.

“She was all over the play and got to the ball a lot,” Harvey said. “I don’t know how she got to some. Even the Harlan coach commented to me about her. We’re very proud of her.”