A Rebels’ feast: G-R downs Mustangs for 3rd time By MARK PAWLAK - T-R Asst. Sports Editor
October 21, 2011
REINBECK - A third win of 2011 for the Gladbrook-Reinbeck volleyball team over East Marshall now sends the Rebels to the unknown. Gladbrook-Reinbeck opened the postseason with Tuesday’s 25-13, 25-18, 25-12 victory over the Mustangs in the Class 2A Region 5 first round. The Rebels (19-11) advance to face Iowa Valley (13-8) next Tuesday in Marengo. The two teams did not square off during the year and were not at any of the same Saturday tournaments. “We’ve got work to do, the girls know that,” said Gladbrook-Reinbeck head coach Marcia Koester. “We’re not to where we could be yet in the season. We’ll work hard in practice and be ready for next Tuesday.” Emily Dinsdale paced the Rebel attack on Tuesday with 11 kills. Emily Stoakes added seven kills and Addi Kickbush five. Stoakes had a team-high 13 assists and Taylor Flamme had nine. Gladbrook-Reinbeck was in control throughout in the opening set and went on to win 25-13. East Marshall (3-21) got things going in the second set and led as late as 9-8. The score was at 18-16 in the late going before Dinsdale had a kill and quickly followed with an ace to create distance. A Brooke Boyle kill finished the set, 25-18. Kickbush reeled off three consecutive aces in her turn on serve to start the third set as G-R pushed out for a 25-12 win. Karly Long had six kills for the Mustangs and Chelsea Whitmore added four kills. Long also had 12 assists and Abby Nuese eight. Alyssa Whitmore’s 12 digs were a team-high and Chantel Eicher finished with nine digs. Eicher was the team’s top server with two aces. “Game two we wanted to make sure we left it all out on the floor, win or lose,” said East Marshall head coach Jodi Hinegardner. Jenna Roeding and Stoakes both had a pair of blocks for the Rebels. Erin Wentzien contributed seven digs, while Stoakes and Kickbush had five apiece. Defense will be a continued focus during regional play. “We were trying to stress with the girls we didn’t want balls falling on the floor, tips or hits,” Koester said. “That’s still something we have to work on before we get too far into regional play.” Gladbrook-Reinbeck sent 14 service aces to the floor on Tuesday, led by Kickbush with five and Roeding with three. “There were six missed serves which is better than we’ve been doing lately so that with hitting our spots at the same time, that’s good to see this late in the season,” Koester said.
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