Rebels drop two at home

Senior outside hitter Mahayla Olson readies a shot toward the A-P defense at the Rebels’ home tournament last Saturday. The Rebels struggled at times in the tournament, finishing 2-2 with wins over North Butler and Colo-NESCO and losses against AGWSR and Aplington-Parkersburg. The team will play their final regular season match at home on Sept. 28 against Grundy Center.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck hosted their annual home invitational tournament on Sept. 18.

The Rebels opened with a two-set loss against A-P (21-19, 21-10). The Falcons managed to be the more efficient team Saturday, limiting their kill errors to seven compared to 13 for G-R and totaling 39 successful serves compared to 27 for the Rebels.

G-R was led in the match by Ava Wyatt who scored 10 kills.

Emma McClintock led on both offense and defense with 12 assists and six digs.

In their next two matches, G-R rolled past North Butler (21-5, 21-12) and Colo-NESCO (21-4, 21-6).

The day concluded with a matchup against AGWSR (7-8).

The Cougars came out hot in the opening set, winning 21-16. G-R bounced back in the second but it wasn’t enough to force a tie-breaking third set. The second set ended 21-19 in favor of the Cougars.

On the stat sheet, the Rebels were led again by Wyatt who threw down seven kills, ahead of Megan Cooley and Katie Clark, who each had five.

McClintock contributed a team-high 16 assists and Clark led with seven digs.

The Rebels had a chance for redemption Tuesday as they traveled to face the Cougars in NICL dual action.