Rebels sweep Cougar netters in regional

AGWSR’s Taylor Sperfslage (left) slams an attack in the first set of a regional volleyball match with Gladbrook-Reinbeck in Reinbeck on Tuesday. G-R won in straight sets. (Jake Ryder/Mid-America Publishing)

REINBECK – Youth and inexperience hurt the AGWSR volleyball team in a regional opening-round loss to Gladbrook-Reinbeck here on Tuesday.

However, the Cougars continued to improve throughout the season, which gives first-year AGWSR head coach Stacy Drake a positive outlook on what’s to come.

G-R won 25-13, 25-8, 25-21. The Rebels will travel to 1A No. 1 Janesville on Monday for a regional quarterfinal. The Cougars’ season ends at 9-19.

AGWSR freshman Taylor Sperfslage led the Cougars with five kills and added eight digs. Sophomore Rachel Sicard had a team-high nine digs and two ace serves. Senior leader Mandy Willems distributed nine assists and contributed eight digs.

THe full story appears in the Oct. 25 print and online editions of the Hampton Chronicle.