CLARION - Northeast Hamilton's volleyball season got off to a rocky start against mostly larger schools here on Saturday, as the Trojets dropped all five of their bouts at the Clarion-Goldfield Invitational.
Northeast Hamilton fell in straight sets to Clarion-Goldfield (21-8, 21-16), Clear Lake (21-12, 21-8), Eagle Grove (21-9, 21-5) and North Butler (21-11, 21-14).
The Trojets (0-5) took one set off Iowa Star Conference rival CAL and were within a few points of coming away with a victory before eventually falling in three tight sets (21-17, 16-21, 15-13).
Clarion-Goldfield, Clear Lake and North Butler all won four matches on the day.
Jennifer Jeffers, Andi Anderson and Kaylee Massman supplied the majority of the power at net for the Trojets. Jeffers finished with nine kills, Anderson eight and Massman seven.
Anderson, Jeffers, Massman and Molly Greenfield all collected 19 digs, while Sarah Elm and Jaidyn Timm both finished with 17.
Kills - NEH: Andi Anderson 8, Sarah Elm 3, Molly Greenfield 3, Jennifer Jeffers 9, Kaylee Massman 7, Leah Meyer 4.
Digs - NEH: Anderson 19, Elm 17, Greenfield 19, Jeffers 19, Massman 19, Jaidyn Timm 17.
Assists - NEH: Elm 27, Meyer 4.
Serving - NEH: Anderson 15-17; Elm 24-28, 3 aces; Greenfield 15-15, 1 ace; Jeffers 15-21 5 aces; Massman 17-20; Taylor Olson 1-1; Timm 17-20.
Elm provided most of the setting duties; she dished out 27 assists. The senior also pummeled three service aces, trailing only Jeffers, who had five.
NEH will make its 2012 home debut on Thursday when it entertains Madrid in a non-conference contest, beginning at 6 p.m.