CAMANCHE — Earlier in the day, state rankings placed Camanche 13th in Class 3A. Thursday night, the Indians affirmed their place among Iowa’s top teams with another conference victory, this time a sweep over Monticello. Camanche improved to 12-3 and 4-0 in the new River Valley Conference.
On top of it all, outside Libby Schnoor’s 22 kills made her the top hitter in Iowa Class 3A and third statewide with 200 kills. She needs just 17 more to equal her kill total from all of last year, and the Indians still have three tournaments and four regular-season matches to play.
Camanche coach Josh Davis said Thursday was a “grind-it-out match.” The Indians won 25-15, 25-19, 25-18, despite several Panthers attempts to catch Camanche off guard.
“She still put down 22,” Davis said of Schnoor. “We had some balls come over at weird times. It was nice to see that our defense could still pick them up and get (setter) Kylie (Vogel) in system.
“We were unknown going into the season,” he added. “I don’t know if we’re the 13th-best team, but we’ve knocked off who we’re supposed to knock off, and I think it’s great for the parents and players. It may just be a case of the seniors wanting to go out on top.”
Alongside Schnoor, Julia Moore posted 10 kills on 15 attempts for a .600 kill percentage. Moore also came up big defensively with four blocks, and Brettan Hilgendorf tallied eight kills and led the team with seven digs.
“It’s one of her best games,” Davis said of Moore. “I thought she had some good swings on the ball. A good night for Julia for sure.”
Vogel had 35 assists and was perfect from the service line with two aces. Davis said a good test for Camanche would come Saturday when the Indians travel to Lisbon for the Lions Invitational tournament.
Warriors trip Irish in 5
CLINTON — Calamus-Wheatland bounced back from an 0-2 deficit to Prince of Peace to sweep the next three sets, stealing a tight one from the Irish 20-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-14, 15-8 on Thursday at Central Catholic Auditorium. The Warriors did it behind a slew of tough serving; Stephanie Petersen and Katie Banowetz each had six aces, Sydney Kerr and McKenna Luepker had four apiece, and Cal-Wheat compiled 24 aces as a team.
The Irish’s Sydney Laufenberg posted nine kills, her second-highest total of the season, in spite of the loss. Prince of Peace fell to 1-9, while the Warriors improved to 4-4.
Defensively, Hunter Chapman posted a season-high 35 digs as the Prince of Peace libero. From the service line, Erin Kuehn was 21 of 23 with five aces, leading the team.
Luepker was the big hitter for Cal-Wheat with 13 kills. Kerr led all players with 22 assists.
The Irish travel to Wyoming for a Tri-Rivers Conference match against Midland on Tuesday for their next contest. Meanwhile, the Warriors will play Saturday at the Lisbon Invitational tournament.
Rebels fall flat in Set 3
CASCADE — Northeast played two tight games against Cascade on Thursday night, battling to two 25-23 losses in Sets 1 and 2. But in Set 3, the Rebels were undone. The Cougars pounced on Northeast for the sweep with a 25-10 clincher.
Northeast committed 15 hitting errors to 18 kills on 86 attempts. Meanwhile, the Cougars racked up 54 digs as a group, with Abbey Meyer and Bailey Holmes leading the way with 18 and 13, respectively.
Addie Oberman led Northeast with 12 kills while Bailey Parson dug up 18. Northeast also saw a solid blocking performance by Ashley Kruse, who led all players with three despite the loss.
The Rebels fell to 6-7, below .500 for the first time this season, and are 1-3 in the River Valley Conference.
Comets falter after Set 1
STANWOOD — Bellevue gutted out a tough 25-22 win in the opening game Thursday before dropping three straight to North Cedar in a 22-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-13 loss. The Comets committed 41 errors in serving and hitting facilitating their defeat.
The Bellevue middles — Maddie Hiland and Carly Rubel — continued their impressive play. Hiland led the Comets with 11 kills, followed by Rubel’s 10; Rubel also had a match-high five blocks.
Four Comets were in double digits in digs. Hiland had 14, Jackie Kremer and Ali Reeg had 13 each and Stefanie Reed had 10. Reed and Kremer also combined for 27 assists.
CAMANCHE 25-25-25, MONTICELLO 15-19-18
Camanche statistical leaders
Kills — Libby Schnoor 22, Julia Moore 10, Brettan Hilgendorf 8. Assists — Kylie Vogel 35. Digs — Hilgendorf 7, Schnoor 4. Blocks — Moore 4. Aces — Vogel 2.
CALAMUS-WHEATLAND 20-19-25-25-15, PRINCE OF PEACE 25-25-22-14-8
Kills — Cal-Wheat (McKenna Luepker 13, Stephanie Petersen 7, Bailey Moellenbeck 7), PoP (Sydney Laufenberg 9, Shannon Kuehl 3, Rebecca Divarco 3). Assists — Cal-Wheat (Sydney Kerr 22, Moellenbeck 4), PoP (Miranda Schnier 2, Kuehl 2). Digs — Cal-Wheat (Luepker 9, Petersen 9, Moellenbeck 8), PoP (Hunter Chapman 35, Krista Atkinson 18, Kuehl 11). Blocks — Cal-Wheat (Katie Banowetz 3, Nina Cray 3, Rebecca Vander Heiden 3), PoP (Laufenberg 2). Aces — Cal-Wheat (Banowetz 6, Petersen 6, Luepker 4, Kerr 4), PoP (Erin Kuehn 5, Chapman 3, Laufenberg 3).
CASCADE 25-25-25, NORTHEAST 23-23-10
Northeast statistical leaders
Kills — Addie Oberman 12, Ashley Kruse 3. Assists — Courtney Stoll 5, Bailey Claussen 5. Digs — Baylie Parson 18, Oberman 14, Kelsey Carder 8. Blocks — Kruse 3. Aces — Claussen 1.
NORTH CEDAR 22-25-25-25, BELLEVUE 25-17-18-13
Bellevue statistical leaders
Kills — Maddie Hiland 11, Carly Rubel 10, Ashley Gisemann 5. Assists — Jackie Kremer 16, Stefanie Reed 11. Digs — Hiland 14, Kremer 13, Ali Reeg 13, Reed 10. Blocks — Rubel 5. Aces — Gisemann 3, Kremer 3.