COLFAX — Colfax-Mingo’s volleyball team cruised through its first set against Baxter in the first match of the day at the Tigerhawk Volleyball Invitational on Aug. 29.
The host school simply had trouble closing out matches though and went 0-3 on the day.
The Bolts battled back from an early hole and escaped the Tigerhawks in three sets. They couldn’t win a set the rest of the day though.
Both Jasper County programs still have plenty of work to do on the court.
“I didn’t like our inability to finish, but if that’s the glaring thing that we need to work on, if putting away a set is our biggest problem, it’ll come,” C-M head coach Michelle Grant said.
The Bolts have a new setter and several new players on the court. Head coach Marie Stefani feels like the team just needs to develop some chemistry on the floor.
“It was good to get one win on the day. Obviously, we would have to liked to have had more,” Stefani said. “We just need to get used to playing together more. Once we clean up play on our side of the net and get our hits down, the scores will start looking a bit different.”
Baxter fell 21-11 to Colfax-Mingo in the opening set but rallied to win the match after taking the next two 21-15, 15-12.
The Bolts also lost to Class 1A No. 15 Nodaway Valley 21-18, 21-11 and Coon Rapids-Bayard 21-10, 24-22.
Colfax-Mingo struggled to close out a match against CR-B, too. The Tigerhawks won a marathon first set 29-27 before losing 21-15, 16-14 in the next two.
The Tigerhawks (0-3) fell to Nodaway Valley 21-8, 21-14.
“There was nothing else we did that bad. We weren’t playing terribly,” Grant said. “We just couldn’t finish matches. We couldn’t put the 50-50 balls away. And we missed too many big serves.”
Colfax-Mingo opened up strong against Baxter. The Tigerhawks led 6-2 before the Bolts got back to within 8-7 following tips by junior setter Allison Colyn and senior Hallee Rainsbarger.
The Tigerhawks led 10-8 when they scored three straight to take control. Baxter was called for back-to-back net violations and junior Morgan Van Dyke put down a kill.
Several hitting errors by Baxter pushed Colfax-Mingo’s lead to 18-10. Junior Maggie Schabilion’s kill made it 18-11, but the Tigerhawks scored the final three points and secured the win on an ace by senior libero Kira Warrick.
Sophomore Caylee Cunningham hit a pair of kills early in the second set to push the Tigerhawks’ lead to 5-3.
The Bolts though scored four in a row later to take a 9-7 lead. They never trailed again.
Aces by Colyn and senior Sophie Meyer put Baxter up 15-11 and then back-to-back kills by Schabilion and Rainsbarger pushed the advantage to 19-14. Meyer tied the match at 1-all with a kill.
Baxter took a 2-1 lead in the third set after a Colyn tip and never trailed again. A Schabilion kill put the Bolts up 3-1 and then back-to-back kills by Rainsbarger and Schabilion made it 6-2.
Rainsbarger had a block and a tip that pushed the Bolts’ lead to 10-4. Colfax-Mingo closed the gap following three straight errors by Baxter.
After a Bolts’ timeout, Colfax-Mingo closed to 11-10 on a kill by Van Dyke and an ace by junior Melany Vry.
A tip by Colyn and an ace by Rainsbarger put the Bolts back in front 13-10, and they went on to win the set and match four points later.
Schabilion and Rainsbarger both had four kills and Schabilion tallied nine digs to lead the Bolts (1-3). Colyn had two kills and 13 assists, Meyer tallied two kills and four digs and freshman Julie Damman added two kills.
Senior Maddie Pierce collected nine digs and sophomore Lilyan Headlee chipped in three digs.
Colfax-Mingo’s Lester had 16 assists and nine digs in the loss to Baxter. Van Dyke tallied 11 kills and four digs, Cunningham finished with three kills and three digs and Temple pitched in two kills and five digs. Warrick had 15 digs.
In the loss to Nodaway Valley (3-1), Colyn dished out 10 assists, two kills, six digs and three aces for Baxter and Meyer tallied five kills and eight digs.
Schabilion put down three kills and had seven digs, Rainsbarger had two kills and three blocks and Pierce collected seven digs.
In the Bolts’ loss to CR-B (3-1), Colyn led the way with seven assists, five digs and two aces and Meyer had three kills and eight digs.
Pierce collected nine digs, Schabilion had two kills and nine digs, Damman tallied two kills and two digs and Rainsbarger finished with three blocks.
Lester finished with 16 assists, three digs and two aces in the Tigerhawks’ three-set loss to CR-B. Van Dyke had 10 kills, four digs and two blocks, Warrick chipped in 15 digs and Cunningham had two kills and eight digs.
Vry put down four kills, sophomore Carley Underwood tallied five digs and junior McKayla Smith added three blocks.
In the loss to Nodaway Valley, Lester had 10 assists, five digs and two aces, Van Dyke put down five kills and had two digs and Cunningham chipped in three kills and two digs.
Vry and Smith each had two kills and Warrick had a pair of digs.
Baxter hosts Martensdale-St. Marys at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3 in Baxter. The Bolts hosted Lynnville-Sully on Sept. 1.
Colfax-Mingo played in the Southeast Warren tournament on Sept. 1. The Tigerhawks then have a long break before playing BGM at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 in Brooklyn.