Reivers look sharp on opening day of the Reiver Classic

Reivers look sharp on opening day of the Reiver Classic

Courtesy of The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil


COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA- No. 3 Iowa Western ended its opening day of volleyball season with a bang Friday, sweeping No. 4-ranked Western Nebraska 25-18, 25-13, 27-25 at Reiver Arena.

Earlier, the Reivers opened their Reiver Classic tournament with a 25-13, 25-13, 25-16 sweep of Jefferson.

"Western Nebraska is always good," Iowa Western coach Alicia Williams said. "To sweep them says a lot."

One reason for the win was that the Reivers turned their weaknesses into strengths.

"We have had areas of our game that we were not happy with," Williams said. "We have been working on them in practice the past 2½ weeks. In those areas against Western Nebraska, we did really well. I liked our serving and passing."

Iowa Western wraps up the Classic on Saturday with two more matches, meeting Barton at noon and No. 12-ranked Laramie County at 2 p.m.

IWCC      25 25 25

Jefferson 13 13 16

Iowa Western: Kills: Irina Alekseeva 16, Kelsey Havel 8, Genesis Sheridan 5, Morgan Bossler 3, Kortlyn Henderson 11. Set assists: Hina Pua'a 32, Ariana Macies 4. Ace serves: Alekseeva 3, Havel 3. Digs: Alekseeva 3, Savannah Downing 3, Macies 12, Brooklyn McCain 4, Pua'a 4. Blocks: Sheridan 3.

IWCC           25 25 27

W. Nebraska 18 13 25

Iowa Western: Kills: Irina Alekseeva 12, Kelsey Havel 3, Genesis Sheridan 10, Megan Bossler 9, Kortlyn Henderson 14, Set assists: Ariana Maries 4, Annika Hufnagel 3, Hina Pua'a 3. Ace serves: Pua'a 3. Digs: Savannah Downing 8, Macies 12, Sheridan 3, Brooklyn McCain 4, Pua'a 8. Blocks: Bossler 3.