Greene County Rams
Greene County dropped a Heart of Iowa Activities Conference volleyball match to Roland-Story (Story City) in the middle school gym in Jefferson on Tuesday night. The Rams fell on Senior Night by scores of 8-25, 13-25, 24-26. Coach Chris Heisterkamp’s team fell to 2-4 in the conference and 11-6 overall while R-S improved to 3-2 and 18-5.
Leads were tough to come by for the Rams, although they dug out of a 6-10 hole in set three to lead 14-11. After falling behind 14-16, the Rams rallied again and went up 20-17 before the Norsemen tied it at 23-23. Down 23-24, Greene County knotted the score at 24-24, but R-S scored the last two points to win the set and match.
Coach Chris Heisterkamp reports Brianna Osterson led in kills with five, followed by Lily Muir with three. Aubrey Heupel was 12 for 12 serving with two aces. Paige Heaning was eight for eight from the service line with one aces, while Katrina Heupel went eight for nine serving with two aces, Harleigh Weir was five for seven with a pair or aces. Sophia Havens was four for four and Osterson three for three from the service line.
The coach said everything was flat the first two sets. “Although our passing got better in set two, we still could not finish with consistent hits. In set three, we took the approach of ‘what do we have to lose, just go for it!’ We cam alive and hung tight with Roland-Story. We started digging almost everything they sent over, and we placed the ball on their court to make them scramble. Set three represented the team we can be, but unfortunately, we spent too much time early in the match playing below our potential.”
Seniors Sophia Havens, Paige Heaning, Aubrey Heupel, and Harleigh Weir, along with their parents, were introduced prior to the match.
The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released postseason pairings last night. Greene County opens Class 3A regional play on the road in Carroll vs. number seven Kuemper Catholic on the Knights’ home court on Oct. 23.