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Redhawks finish 5-0 in Meskwaki tourney

September 5, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

The North Tama volleyball team tipped off their 2019 season at Meskwaki for a tournament, claiming a championship and finishing 5-0 on the day.

"We haven't played all week, so this was our first time out," coach Channing Halstead said. "I wanted to put some changes we've made into action and see what else we need to improve on. We obviously wanted to win, but it's good to see where you're early on."

The Redhawks opened pool play against Vinton-Shellsburg, winning 21-13 and 21-11 against the larger 3A school. Next up was Belle Plaine, which moved down to 1A this season. North Tama swept the Plainesmen 21-12 and 21-12, ending their pool play with a dominant sweep of Meskwaki 21-8 and 21-3.

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Redhawk volleyball started off their season strong with wins over Vinton-Shellsburg, Belle Plaine, Meskwaki in pool play, then Roland-Story and Vinton-Shellsburg in the semis and championship respectively. Photo by Josh Rausch.

"We ball controlled our side of the net very well and put teams out of system with our serving," Halstead said."We got to play the younger girls more in pool play and hold their own while resting the upperclassmen."

North Tama would advance to tournament as the top seed from their pool, drawing the number two seed in the opposite pool, Roland-Story. The Norsemen would prove to be a more difficult challenge for the Redhawks in the first set, keep it a close 21-19. The Redhawks would follow up with 21-14 in the second set to advance to the championship match of the tournament. Katie Kopriva tallied nine kills, four digs and went five of six serving while Abby DeBoef added eight kills. Carlie Gorder three kills and was five for five serving. Isabel Sierra 17 assists and five digs. Takoa Kopriva tallied 12 digs and went seven of eight serving.

"[Roland Story] had decent size and they made it a game, but we played really well." Halstead said. "It was good to see our serving through them off and keep them out of setting up their middle hitters properly."

In the championship, the Redhawks found themselves squaring off against Vinton-Shellsburg once again, albeit with closer results then their earlier meeting. North Tama would claim victory 21-15 and 21-17 to repeat as champions of the Meskwaki tournament. Katie Kopriva finished with nine kills, three digs and went six of six serving. Grace Thorsen had three kills, two digs and went 13 of 14 serving with three aces. Sierra had 14 assists and Takoa Kopriva tallied six digs in the win.

"I'm not sure how reflective the score is, but we continued to handle their attack and our ball control was good," Halstead said. "Takoa is such a big part of what we do and played well. Our attacking was good all day with Katie, Abby and Carlie all hitting well today. Our defense stepped up with our serve receive, which sometimes goes unnoticed."

Halstead hopes to use the next week to prepare for their home tournament in terms of communication, staying consistent and continuing to develop the offense. The home tournament will be held on Saturday with the first round of pool play at 9:00 a.m. North Tama will compete in a triangular at South Hardin vs the home team and South Hamilton.



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