Greene County wins two of three in Roland-Story tournament

Staff Report

Led by a spirited effort from the service line and a crisp passing game, the Greene County volleyball team side-stepped an extended lay-off to win two of three matches in Roland-Story Monday, Sept. 26. 

The Rams are now winners of three of their last four after snapping a five-game losing streak a week ago. Greene County last was in action Tuesday, Sept. 20 but thrived off the extra rest and sprung past Carlisle, 2-1 and South Hardin, 2-1. 

Their lone loss Monday came at the hands of Newton, 1-2. 

Greene County’s top three servers combined to go 85-for-93 for a 91 percent efficiency over the three games. 

Senior Kenna Marquardt connected on five aces on a 30-for-32 night while fellow senior Nadia Fisher added three aces and 30-of-34 successful serves. Emily Heupel rounded out the serving with three aces of her own and 25 successful serves. 

Fisher led the Greene County hitters with 28 total kills while junior Megan Durbin sent home 21 kills. Marquardt added 13 kills in Monday night’s effort. 

Marquardt was monumental on defense, keeping several points alive behind her 25 digs. Heupel added 24 digs while senior Hannah Promes contributed 22 digs. 

Greene County head coach Donna Carhill was pleased with her team’s performance Monday, chocking it up to one of the better showings this fall. 

“We played quite well, for the most part,” the coach said. “I thought our passing and digging was as good as I’ve seen most of the season. Our hitters really started to find the weak spots in the other team’s defense and we put up some quality blocks, especially against South Hardin.”

Promes’ 67 assists Monday moves her up to third in the Heart of Iowa Conference with 415 in all. Fisher’s 145 kills place her sixth in the conference. 

The Rams are now 7-15 overall and 2-3 in Heart of Iowa Conference play. 

Eighth-ranked and defending state-champion Nevada (4A) holds the top spot in conference with a 6-0 record while 13th-ranked North Polk (3A) sits just behind at 4-0. 

Greene County is next in action against the undefeated Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 4 in Nevada. 


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