West Marshall netters take 5th place at Nevada

NEVADA – Missing two starters because of a band performance may have prevented the West Marshall volleyball team from winning the consolation portion of the Nevada Invitational on Saturday.

Whatever the case, Trojans coach Al Craven was pleased with the way his team played on its way to fifth place.

West Marshall went 2-1 during pool play and edged past Dallas Center-Grimes in the consolation semifinals of Saturday’s tournament. With two regulars missing in action for the final round, the Trojans fell to Carroll in straight sets in the match to decide fourth place.

“We’ve played pretty well on Saturdays all year,” said Craven. “We’ve really risen to meet the competition, but during the week we come back down and haven’t fared so well.”

West Marshall opened the day with a straight-set loss at the hands of Class 3A No. 6-ranked Nevada, 21-18, 21-12, but rebounded with wins over Ballard (21-13, 21-17) and Carlisle (21-11, 17-21, 15-12).

In the pool to determine places 4-6, the Trojans topped Dallas Center-Grimes 25-23, 25-10, but lost to Carroll 25-17, 25-15.

Leading the way for West Marshall (9-17) was Brandy Wilkey, who racked up a team-high 26 kills to go with 25 digs. Jenn Davis contributed 20 kills and Morgan Hopper had 19. Setter Alarie Craven tallied 79 assists, 17 digs and was 45-for-46 serving with six aces.

Claire Underwood, the libero, totaled 46 digs, and Gabby Reyerson led at the net with five blocks. Blair Bailey served 29-for-29.

The Trojans are back in action Tuesday, taking to the road for an NICL West Division match with AGWSR.