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.