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Redhawks cruise by GMG and Colo-Nesco

October 3, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

North Tama volleyball continued their dominance of the Iowa Star South division with wins against GMG and Colo-Nesco this past week without several key players.

The Redhawks chose to rest Katie Kopriva and Abby DeBoef as they deal with injuries, presenting an opportunity for younger players to log in minutes as they hosted GMG on Tuesday, Sept. 25. North Tama would make quick work of the Wolverines 25-8, 25-8 and 25-14 for a sweep. Alexis Hansen and Grace Thorsen each had nine kills in the win, serving a combined 21 of 24 serves and Thorsen hitting five aces. Isabel Sierra and Jade Rausch combined for 26 assists in the win. Takoa Kopriva went a perfect 25 of 25 serving with four aces.

"Against GMG, we wanted to play a clean game and work on several areas," coach Channing Halstead said. "We've really focused on our serving and building confidence in our younger players. It was also good to keep the older players in alongside the young rotation."

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Dylan Rohlfsen has contributed over the past week as the Redhawks battle injuries.

Another opportunity came at Colo-Nesco on Thursday, Sept. 27 to develop North Tama's depth. The Redhawks would take the first set 25-11 in convincing fashion before initially struggling against the Royals in the first half of the second set. North Tama's firepower would prove to be too much for the host team and the set went 25-17, followed by a third set to the Redhawks 25-16 for their second sweep of the week. Shae Ewoldt led the Redhawks with seven kills and a block. Sierra tallied six kills, seven digs, 23 assists and went 11 of 11 serving with three aces. Dylan Rohlfsen went 21 of 21 serving with four aces in the win.

"We missed a couple of serves early on and we were caught sleeping when they threw some stuff at us we weren't expecting," Halstead said. "Dylan stepped up with Katie and Abby out. Shae hit pretty well tonight. It's good to get them experience because we will need them down the road."

No games are scheduled for the Redhawks until October 8 when they host Tripoli, but the team will be going hard in practice and slowly integrating DeBoef and Katie Kopriva back into the lineup. A triangular previously scheduled for the week between North Tama, Collins-Maxwell and Valley Lutheran was cancelled early in the season after Valley Lutheran announced it did would not have a varsity team this season.

"We're going to use this time to work on some defensive adjustments and step up our game going into October, which is when you should be playing your best ball," Halstead said."

The Redhawks are 17-3 on the season and 3-0 in conference play with matchups at Baxter on October 10 and Collins-Maxwell for senior night on October 14.



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