CAMANCHE – Update: The Camanche High School volleyball team is still pretty good.
The No. 6-ranked Class 3A team in the state flexed its muscles Saturday afternoon, coasting to a first-place finish through five matches of tournament play at CHS.
Camanche coach Heather Clark was pleased with the way her team responded to its first loss of the season, a five-set thriller with Anamosa Thursday night.
“I was very impressed with their play throughout the day… it was a very good day,” Clark said. “We came into practice on Friday and talked about how we have to come out and play to win every time we step on the court.”
The Indians are a team without any glaring flaws. Hitting? Check. Madi Parson, who eclipsed 1,000 career kills Saturday, leads a talented group of hard-hitting attackers. Digging? Check. Camaryn Carstensen and Sarah Osaro have that under wraps, as the senior duo seems to always be in the right place at the right time.
Not to mention Hanna Nissen, who broke the individual school record in assists, surpassing Shea Meyermann’s mark of 1,702.
“The moment they stepped on the court today, they did everything we have been asking them to do,” Clark said. “They are getting touches on balls at the net and are being aggressive at the net.
“Our back row is getting to their spots and we are playing great defense all around.”
Camanche’s closest contest was with Mediapolis, who took the Indians to three sets. After taking the first set by a whopping 15 points, Camanche dropped the second set (21-19) before squeaking out a 15-13 victory in the tiebreaker.
“We came back from losing to Anamosa… we had to make sure we stayed hyped to win and we have done that,” Osaro said.
On the other hand, Northeast struggled to build off its first victory of the season, an improbable comeback win over Monticello after dropping the first two sets Thursday night.
The Rebels lost in straight sets to Camanche, Mediapolis, Easton Valley and Bellevue.
Camanche (11-1) returns to action with three contests next week. The Indians will host Bellevue Tuesday night before heading to North Cedar Thursday night.
Clinton, who recently broke into the Class 4A polls, will then welcome in Camanche for a highly anticipated local matchup between non-conference foes.
Northeast (1-10) travels to North Cedar Tuesday night and hosts Bellevue on Thursday. The Rebels will also return to CHS for a rematch with the Indians at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18.