BAXTER — Collins-Maxwell/Baxter hosted a volleyball triangular on Thursday afternoon, playing two of its Heart of Iowa Conference rivals — Gilbert and Colfax-Mingo. The Raiders didn’t get quite what they wanted out of their home cooking, but they did come away with a straight-set victory over the Tigerhawks 21-12, 21-16.
CMB began the game on a run, and although the Tigerhawks fought back, CMB took a 9-7 lead when C-M coach Brain Warrick took a timeout. Following the timeout, the Tigerhawks responded well, tying the set up at 10-10. A kill by junior Alex Hiavacek gave CMB a 12-10 advantage, but a later spike by Jade Lewis tied the set up at 12.
The Raiders started a run from there to close out the set. They rallied for nine consecutive points. Some of the key contributors to the rally were Payge Jurgens, who had two aces, and Abbie Haupert with two kills. A side out by C-M gave the Raiders a first-set win.
Lewis opened the second set with a ferocious spike to give the Tigerhawks a 1-0 lead. CMB tied things up, but an ace by Anna Baldwin made it 2-1 C-M. Both teams traded points until C-M rallied to take an 8-5 lead, prompting CMB coach Scott Ranck to take a timeout. After the break, CMB found its game, rallying back to pull even at eight apiece. The teams went back and forth from there, until CMB’s Abbey Applegate stepped up to the service line and delivered three aces. CMB fought to close things out at 21-16.
CMB did not fair well against the visiting Gilbert Tigers, though. Gilbert swept the Raiders in three sets that were almost identical 25-15, 25-15, 25-17. There were few highlights for the Raiders in the match. apart from the solid serve performances by Jurgens, Applegate, Haupert and Mackenzie Schmitz. Jurgens and Haupert each had aces, but the Tigers returned almost everything the Raiders put over the net en route to the win.
Gilbert made similar work of Colfax-Mingo, but the Tigerhawks were able to steal a thrilling third set after a crushing defeat in the second. C-M lost 25-13, 25-8, 26-24, 25-11. Baldwin, Allison Teed and Lewis were big keys to the third-set win. Lewis had several big kills to rally the Tigerhawks, and the serving of Olivia Maggard allowed C-M to reset its defense several times in anticipation of some tough strikes from Gilbert.
CMB heads to Alleman to take on North Polk in a match next Tuesday, while the Tigerhawks will head to Monroe to take on Prairie City-Monroe.