By Brenden West Assistant Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald
---- — GOOSE LAKE — Once again, Camanche senior Libby Schnoor compiled a monster match statistically, putting away 14 of her 30 hitting attempts for kills Tuesday night. But this time, Schnoor’s output was countered by a foe across the net.
Northeast outside Addie Oberman seemed to find kills from any spot on the court en route to her 15-kill performance. She started Set 2 with a cross-court rip so hard it appeared parallel to the net. During another stretch in the same set, Oberman was the Rebels’ biggest offensive weapon — from the back row — racking up another four kills from behind the 10-foot line.
Together, Schnoor and Oberman were the ying to the other’s yang, with both players trading kills all night to fuel their respective teams and effectively canceling each other out.
“I really tried my best to just put it all out there and leave it on the floor,” Oberman said.
The difference, then, came from the other 10 players on the court. Where the Indians seemed to dig up everything Northeast threw at them, the Rebels were forced to play catchup most of the night because of their own unforced errors.
“I didn’t think we were mentally ready for that,” Rebels coach Brenda McKone said. “I’ll certainly take blame for that. ... (Afterward) we talked about being mentally ready for the game and wanting the ball.”
Camanche got the 3-0 sweep — 25-19, 25-20, 25-18 — but it was a much closer contest than the score showed, according to Indians coach Josh Davis.
“To win in three was kind of fortunate,” Davis said. “I think we were on the right end of a couple of tough breaks that they had. It could’ve easily gone five (sets).”
The first 20 points of the match saw both teams play to eight ties, with Oberman and Schnoor getting into early rhythms at two kills apiece. When Camanche setter Kylie Vogel took the service line at 10-10, the Indians began to pull away and the Rebels unraveled with miscues.
An eight-point run by Vogel was fueled by five Northeast errors ranging from hitting to passing, while solid net play by Camanche middle Julia Moore extended the streak.
“The emergence of Julia has made a huge difference,” Davis said. “Teams can’t just fly their block out and key on our outside hitters. They have to respect Julia.”
Vogel ended her own streak with a set into the net after building an 18-11 lead. Northeast stormed back with its own late push, aided by Camanche’s errors.
With the score at 22-19, Schnoor single-handedly took over the game. Following a hard cross bounce kill, she rattled off two straight aces to give her team Set 1, 25-19.
“To get that kill and come back and ace it, she was in a rhythm with her swing,” Davis said.
“I’m definitely competitive, so I want to get through those points,” Schnoor said. She led all players with three aces. “We know we need to come through on big points.”
The second set proved an even closer battle, with both teams deadlocked late at 18-18. More Rebels miscues gave Camanche a 23-19 advantage. Once again, Schnoor delivered with two straight kills down the line, giving her team the 25-20 victory.
The Indians continued to climb in Set 3, with Schnoor pounding three straight kills for a 9-3 lead. Oberman, Ashley Kruse and Peyton Gray helped drive a five-point swing for the Rebels with kills, cutting their deficit to 15-14.
A dump kill by Vogel and a timely deep-corner kill by Brettan Hilgendorf ended the comeback. The Indians mounted a 21-15 lead and continued to dig the Rebels’ offense. The match ended on a tool kill by Hilgendorf on the outside.
“We didn’t block their quick shoot sets the way we wanted to,” McKone said. “They’re a good solid team. You certainly can’t take anything away from them. They hustled — they wanted to win tonight apparently more than we did.”
The Rebels were also plagued by missed serves — 13 in all — which surprised McKone. She said her squad had practiced well from the service line lately.
“That’s something we’ll have to work on more in practice, simulating high-pressure situations,” she added.
Throughout the match, Schnoor and Camanche libero Lindsey Grams were seen flailing after seemingly every Rebel attack. Together they finished with 18 digs, and Vogel credited their back row play with allowing her to run an effective offense.
“It’s always nice to have more than one girl that I feel confident in that night,” she said. “This is best we have ever passed. Everyone was after everything.”
Vogel finished with 24 assists, opposite 14 by Courtney Stoll and six by Bailey Claussen of Northeast.
“Our passing was the difference,” Davis said. “If we can get Kylie those balls in rhythm and they can go to our hitters, it makes a huge difference. ... I don’t think a single ball hit the ground without us getting a hand on it first. If you can win those balls out of system, that’s where you get those extra four or five points in a match like this.”
The Rebels and Indians play again this week when Camanche hosts Northeast during its home invitational tournament Saturday.
“We’ve just got to keep our heads up and remember that it’s just a match. We play them again on Saturday,” Oberman said.
The Camanche Invitational begins at 9 a.m.
CAMANCHE 25-25-25, NORTHEAST 19-20-18
Kills — Camanche (Libby Schnoor 14, Brettan Hilgendorf 6, Julia Moore 5), Northeast (Addie Oberman 15, Peyton Gray 4, Ashley Kruse 3). Assists — Camanche (Kylie Vogel 24), Northeast (Courtney Stoll 14, Bailey Claussen 6). Digs — Camanche (Lindsey Grams 11, Schnoor 7, Hilgendorf 3), Northeast (Kelsey Carder 12, Bailey Parson 8, Stoll 7, Oberman 7). Blocks — Camanche (Hilgendorf 2), Northeast (Breanne Butler 3). Aces — Camanche (Schnoor 3, Vogel 2, Jordan Nissen 2), Northeast (Claussen 2).