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Lady Spartans overwhelm Raiders

Maegan Bruene keeps an eye on the ball as she prepares for a kill attempt against Anamosa last week. Bruene had two kills for the Lady Spartans.

SOLON– The Anamosa volleyball team looked like a deer in the headlights.
The Solon Lady Spartans rattled off 10 straight points behind the serving of junior Taylor Nearad and never looked back, sweeping the Anamosa Raiders 3-0 in a conference match-up last Tuesday in Solon.
Nearad was a serving machine for the Lady Spartans, going 24-27 with 10 aces from behind the service line. No other Lady Spartan had more than seven serves.
Solon won 25-6, 25-12 and 25-6, with liberal substitutions throughout the match.
Katie Silberstein led the team with seven kills, while Jordan Smith and Vik Meade each had five. Jordan Runge added three while Maegan Bruene got two. Meade was credited with four of the team’s blocks, while Rylee Smith had seven digs and Nearad had 15 assists. Sophomore Katie Moore took over setting duties later in the match and ended the game with four assists.
Solon was 62-72 from the service stripe and ended the match with 21 aces. Jordan Smith had three, while Rylee Smith, Moore, and Reed McCarty had two aces each.
It was the final regular season home game for the Lady Spartans, who were expected to travel to Mount Vernon Tuesday, (Oct. 8) to face the Class 3A No. 7 Mustangs. The regular season ends on the road Thursday, Oct. 10, for a clash with West Delaware, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A.
Solon will end its year participating at the Durant Invitational Saturday, Oct. 12, then it’s back to Manchester for WaMaC pool play Tuesday, Oct. 15. The WaMaC tournament begins Thursday, Oct. 17, at Marion.