PREP VOLLEYBALL: 8th-ranked Spartans sweep Denver

GRUNDY CENTER – The Class 2A No. 8-ranked Grundy Center volleyball team improved to 4-0 with a 25-12, 25-23, 25-19 win Thursday over Denver.

Faust also had nine digs in the win, while setter Peyton Ralston dished out 13 assists and contributed six digs. Alyssa Mathews also had eight assists, four aces and two kills from the other setter position.

The Spartans, who were the runner-ups in Class 1A last season, got six kills from Kennedy Buss and six digs from Piper Johanns.

Serving also was consistently good for Grundy Center. Aside from Sents’ 13-for-13 performance, Noel Saak was 14-for-14, Faust was 11-for-11 and Mathews hit 13-of-14, while Ralston was 10-of-11. The Spartans served up seven aces in total.

Grundy Center’s next match is Tuesday at NICL West rival BCLUW and then the Spartans travel to West Marshall on Thursday.

Waterloo Columbus 3, West Marshall 1

STATE CENTER – The West Marshall volleyball team got off to hot start Thursday night but failed to keep the momentum in a four-set loss to Waterloo Columbus. It was the fifth straight loss and the Trojans are now 1-7 on the season.

The Trojans began the night with a 25-21 win but then dropped three straight, including a 26-24 loss in a game three they led 22-8. Waterloo Columbus won the second game 25-22 and then finished off the night with a 25-15 win in game four.

Alarie Craven had 30 assists in the loss, and Mackenzie Coberly added 17 digs. Jennifer Davis and Morgan Hopper each had nine kills as well.

Craven was 21-of-22 with two aces behind the service line and Brandy Wilkie was 17-for-18 with an ace. West Marshall was 83-of-85 in serves in the match and had six aces.

The Trojans will next play at South Hardin on Tuesday before hosting Class 2A No. 8 Grundy Center on Thursday.

Ogden 3, Colo-NESCO 2

OGDEN – Caitlyn Riese had 10 kills Thursday night but it came in a loss as the Colo-NESCO volleyball team dropped a five-set decision to Ogden.

Ogden dropped the first two games of the match but came away with a 13-25, 22-25, 25-16, 26-24, 15-4 win at home.

The Royals (4-4) will have a full week off before playing their next game. CAL comes to Colo on Thursday with varsity action beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Hudson 3, East Marshall 0

HUDSON – The Mustangs’ strong night from the service line couldn’t overcome the Pirates’ attack, as Hudson defeated East Marshall 25-11, 25-15, 25-13 Thursday.

Kelsea Anderson (7-for-7), Madisen Hinegardner (9-for-10) and Haley Long (8-for-9) each found a rhythm on serve, while Claire Johnson led up front with six kills and three blocks. Anderson added four blocks, Meriel Leavy chipped in three and Brooke Miller had two. Leavy had two blocks and Miller one.

Hinegardner came up with 14 digs, Johnson had nine and Ashley Allen contributed eight. Long dished out 11 assists and Allen added nine. Sam Earley was 3-for-3 on serve.

The Mustangs (1-2, 0-0) travel to AGWSR Tuesday.

GMG earns first win of season after home split

GARWIN – The GMG volleyball team hosted a triangular on Thursday and came away with a split against Cedar Valley Christian and Valley Lutheran.

Cedar Valley Christian handed the Wolverines a 25-22, 27-25 defeat in the first match of the night and then the Wolverines picked up their first victory of the year following an easy 25-10, 25-11 win over Valley Lutheran. Cedar Valley Christian also beat Valley Lutheran 25-17, 25-9 in the other match.

Olivia Barrett had three kills, while Mackenzie Burt dished out four assists in GMG’s loss in the opener. Jennifer Borota added three digs and two aces, and Caitlin Appelgate recorded one kill, one ace, one block and two digs.

Abbie Duden led the way in the Wolverines’ (1-2) first win of the year as she had three aces. Barritt led the offense with five kills and three aces, while Burt chipped in four aces and two assists. Appelgate finished with three kills and one ace, while Mikaella Koster delivered a team-high five assists.

GMG will next travel to Clarksville on Tuesday. Action begins at 7:30 p.m.