PoP falls to Central City

CLINTON — Prince of Peace attempted to mount a comeback against Central City Thursday, but the efforts fell short as the Irish dropped in four sets (25-15, 25-11, 25-23, 25-16) at Joe O’Donnell Sports Center.

After losing the first two sets by a combined 24 points, Prince of Peace rallied to pull out a tight-knit third set by a 25-23 score.

Irish coach Stacie Kenneavy said there were still moments of optimism despite the disappointing outcome.

“We need more work on our passing and transitioning but we had moments when we were really aggressive with our offense,” Kenneavy said. “We need to keep stringing those moments together.”

Isabelle Hansen led Prince of Peace with 22 assists and a pair of aces while Paige Kuehl was the team’s go-to option at the net, recording 13 kills and 14 digs.

The team was without Anabel Blount (illness), who recently led the team with 36 kills at Saturday’s five-game tournament and earned the praise of the team’s strongest hitter from Kenneavy.

Despite the loss, Prince of Peace remains over .500 with a 9-6 record during an encouraging 2018 campaign.

“We are young and in a much better place than we were at this point in the season last year,” Kenneavy said.

The Irish returns to action with a trip to Alburnett Thursday night.

Morrison fallsin two sets

MORRISON — After dropping a closely contested opening set Thursday night, the Morrison High School volleyball team failed to force a third set in a loss to Riverdale.

Morrison dropped 26-24 in the first set before falling 25-17 in the second set.

With the loss, Julia Deter’s group moves to 0-10 in 2018.

Morrison’s Kaylee Shetler provided a strong presence at the net, leading the team with six kills while four others – Madison Hilla, Destiny Jackson, Emily Szabo and Grace Steines each chipped in one of their own.

The team committed 14 errors, resulting in a hitting percentage of -.0.74.

Morrison returns to action with a trip to Dixon on Friday.

Rebels rallyfor first win

GOOSE LAKE —The Northeast Rebels struggled rallied at home against Monticello, winning in five sets, 13-25, 11-25, 25-22, 25-17, 16-14.

The Rebels picked up their first set wins of the season in the third set.

The first two sets were heavy with tips, roll shots and pushes over the net. The Rebels came out swinging in the set three. They mishit their first two attempts and went back to tips, quickly falling behind 8-0.

Their first side out was followed up with an ace from Morgan Hines. A Monticello mishit and another ace from Hines cut the Panthers’ lead in half.

Hines then hit her third ace of the set.

After the Rebels climbed within one point, Monticello called a timeout.

Morgan Hines got the next side out for the Rebels with a long push to the corner. The Panthers answered and remained ahead by four points.

Gabrielle Scott then took a swing and placed it in the middle of the floor. An ace by Mya Messerich put the Rebels within two points again. Alexis Ehlers then placed one cross court.

Points were exchanged, and then Hines rolled one to the corner to tie it up 14-14.

The Rebels then took their first lead of the set.

They carried that until the Panthers clawed their way back and tied it up at 21-21. Cora Leonard then blocked an attempted tip in the middle, to give them the one point lead.

A mishit sent the ball back to the Panthers, but Morgan Hines found the corner again for the 23-22 lead. She found the exact same spot to put the Rebels within one point of the win. Bree Mangelsen then played an overpass just right, getting the kill to end the set 25-22.

After winning the third set, the Rebels lost control after five points, the Panthers jumping ahead 11-5. There, they gained a little bit of momentum, climbing within two points.

The Rebels tied it up again at 14-14.That’s where they found momentum again, jumping ahead 24-17. Hines ended it with another serve that the Panthers were unable to return.

In the fifth set, the Rebels jumped to a quick 3-0 lead, aided by Panther mistakes. However, Monticello responded with four straight point of their own.

There was some back and forth play before the Panther front row took over, jumping to the 9-6 lead and forcing Coach Aubree Tanzillo to call a timeout. Northeast grabbed the side out immediately after.

Another kill from Monticello gave the serve back to them. Payton Claussen then served to in a row to tie it up 10-10.

Monticello put the ball away again, but then swung into the net. They exchanged points again, and Hines went back to serve with it tied 12-12. A big Northeast kill put them within two points of their first win.

The Panthers managed to tie everything up 14-14, but a kill put Northeast ahead. They then managed to wait it out ofr a Panther error, taking the third set 16-14.

Comets swept by Cascade

BELLEVUE – The Bellevue High School volleyball team was swept in three sets by Cascade Thursday night.

Aubrie Hager led the Comets with eight kills and Lindsey Banowetz contributed seven of her own. Bellevue finished with 22 total kills and 22 errors.

Bellevue also missed eight serves and recorded four aces in 53 attempts.

The Comets are now 4-4 on the season and return to action in tournament play Saturday at Camanche High School.

Unity Christian downs East Moline Christian

FULTON – The Unity Christian High School volleyball team rode fundamentals to a two-set sweep over East Moline Christian by scores of 25-21 and 25-22 Thursday night.

Unity Christian only missed one serve on the entire night in 45 total attempts, highlighted by a 15-for-15 performance from eighth-grader Michelle Striley, including a team-high three aces.

Haley Bickelhaupt paced the team with four kills and seven assists while Kyra Wickland added three of her own.

“We were a little timid at the net at times, but were able to get the tip in the right spot,” Unity Christian coach Jana Behr said.

The team returns to the court with a tournament on Saturday.