GOOSE LAKE — The Camanche Indians’ young guns earned an impressive three-game sweep over the Northeast Rebels, winning 25-22, 25-17, 25-18 in a Big East Conference volleyball matchup at Northeast High School Tuesday night.

The Rebels got off to a nice start in each of the first two games, leading 7-3 in the early stages of Game 1 and 8-5 in the early going of Game 2. But, in both instances Camanche, which started two freshmen and two sophomores to go along with two seniors, bounced back and gradually took control.

Northeast got kills from senior Amber Lorenzen and junior Caitlin Wagemester, an ace from sophomore Shawna Spain and a block by sophomore Whitney Rorah propelled the Rebels to its early 7-3 lead.

But, soon the Indians went on an 11-1 tear to go up 14-8. The blitz was highlighted by four kills by sophomore Chelsea Moore and an ace by freshman Tiana Bark.

Camanche led 19-13 after consecutive kills by sophomore Ashtyn Dixon and Bark, but Northeast kept fighting and whittled the margin to a single point four different times, the last at 23-22 after a kill by Rorah.

The Indians got the next two points, closing the game on a kill by freshman Haley Pulse.

The Rebels again jumped in front in Game 2, taking their 8-5 edge with a run that included kills by Wagemester, senior Stacey Voss and Rorah.

But, Camanche responded in a big way, using a 17-3 flurry to take control. A five-point run that included a pair of aces and kill by Bark ignited the burst.

Leading 14-11 the Indians all but put the game away with an 8-0 spurt, highlighted by two kills apiece from Bark and Dixon, and one by Pulse.

Camanche went on to take the game 25-17.

The Indians controlled Game 3, bolting in front 6-0 and leading by at least four points the rest of the way. The early run included a kill by Dixon and an ace by senior Casey Johnson.

Camanche built a 12-2 advantage after another 6-0 burst that included a pair of kills by Bark and an ace by senior Karissa Turner.

Northeast shaved the difference to five twice in the late going, at 21-16 and 23-18, before the Indians put the match away.

“I was pretty nervous before we got started, because Northeast is one of those teams that never stops playing defense,” Camanche coach Mark Cremer said. “This hasn’t been our favorite gym to play in over the years.

“(Northeast coach) Sara Deters has really done a incredible job with a young group of girls. When we saw that they beat Midland, we were definitely taking this match seriously. We have a young team, but we have a group of seniors that have given us the kind of leadership that has allowed a chemistry to develop.”

Deters had mixed feelings about her team’s performance.

“We found ourselves digging holes that we couldn’t get out of,” she said. “If we do not dig ourselves big holes right off the bat I believe we can battle with any team we face. I felt our girls were a bit intimidated by their size and strength in the front row.

“That’s something we are going to need to overcome. The girls did show great effort and fought really hard.”

Camanche Leaders

Serving—Casey Johnson 16 points, 3 aces; Ally Steines 9 points, 1 ace; Karissa Turner 6 points, 1 ace; Chelsea Moore 4 points, 1 ace; Ashtyn Dixon 3 points, 1 ace; Tiana Bark 7 points, 3 aces; McKinzie McDaniel 1 point, 1 ace.

Assists—Johnson 27, Dixon 1, Meredith Parker 2.

Kills—Johnson 1, Steines 1, Turner 1, Moore 9, Dixon 10, Bark 11, Haley Pulse 3, Parker 1.

Blocks—Moore 1, Dixon 3, Pulse 1.

Digs—Johnson 5, Steines 9, Turner 8, Moore 7, Dixon 12, Bark 9, Pulse 3, Parker 2, Lindsey Nissen 2.

Northeast Leaders

Aces—Danika Loots 1, Shawna Spain 1, Roberta Swanton 1.

Assists—Swanton 16.

Kills—Amber Lorenzen 4, Whitney Rorah 4, Caitlin Wagemester 4, Stacey Voss 4.

Blocks—Lorenzen 2, Rorah 2.

Digs—Megan Marlowe 6, Loots 6, Lorenzen 6, Voss 5.

Records—Camanche 13-5, 4-0 Big East Conference. Next—Bellevue at Camanche, Thursday; Northeast at Calamus-Wheatland, Thursday.

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