CAMANCHE — A ranked Camanche Indians team took down the Bellevue Comets 3-1 in a back-and-forth volleyball match Tuesday night.
The River Valley Conference matchup between the No. 14 Indians and the Comets was a lot closer than the final score suggested in a match full of long rallies, tied scores and lead changes. Camanche won 25-19, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22.
“We played extremely well tonight,” Camanche head coach Heather Clark said after the game. “For about a game and a half we struggled a little bit, but we found it in our hearts to come back and put the game away.”
That lull in energy took place in the third set for the Indians, when the Comets came out looking for their momentum. A trio of errors from Camanche, paired with strong net play from Bellevue, and the Indians found themselves down 12-6. They would dig their way back but couldn’t get within two points of the Comets and dropped the third set 25-21.
“We were used to them hitting at us, then they started tipping and rolling and we were back on our heels,” Clark said. “We talked about getting our momentum going forward and started getting those sloppy balls going back over.”
The fourth set started similarly for the Indians, with Bellevue dominating play. They found themselves down by six points again, but the comeback effort in the fourth set was enough to send them over the top 25-22.
“It kind of died down a little bit, but we started picking it up the last two sets,” Camanche sophomore Tarah Wehde said. Wehde was good for 14 kills in the four sets, the second-highest total for the Indians. “We just pick each other up and do our best.”
Wehde’s 14 kills complemented another 20 from junior Madi Parson and 10 from junior Sami Puckett. The Indians also had four blocks on the night as a team.
That’s not to say Bellevue didn’t come to Camanche ready to play.
“We started out slow, but by Set Three we were playing pretty good,” Bellevue head coach Jodi Heim said. “We knew Camanche was a good team, and we knew coming in they were going to be tough. We thought we were a pretty good match for them.”
Clark said the Bellevue block was tough for the Indians to hit around and threw them out of system. Still, Camanche was able to put down 62 kills as a team. Defensively, Marly Bussa led with 16 digs, with another 12 coming from Parson. It was a part of a scrappy effort from both sides.
Bellevue has not been in action since Sept. 3. The team canceled matches after a death in the family of one of the athletes.
“We really feel like we had to get some closure,” Heim said. “It wasn’t just for two of our players, it was our whole team. Tonight was a matter of refocusing. These girls are family and they took it to heart.”
Heim said the support from the school and the volleyball community had been a big help to her team. She is proud of how the teens are handling the tragedy and how they came out against the Indians in their first match back.
“We felt we were in every set, but the team’s not happy,” Heim said. “These girls want to win, and that’s what we’re pushing to do.”
The Comets fell to 6-2 and have a home match Thursday against Mid-Prairie. The Indians improved to 17-4 and will take on Wilton on their home court on Thursday.
Fulton falls to Rockridge
EDGINGTON, Ill. — The Fulton varsity volleyball team lost in three sets to Rockridge Tuesday night.
The Steamers took the first game from Rockridge 25-20 but fell in the following two 25-18 and 25-18.
Emily Schipper led the Steamers in kills with 14, followed by Brooke Huizenga with 13. Huizenga added two blocks to the net play for Fulton.
Kearra Kohrt led the defense with 12 digs. Schipper added seven and Kylee Sweenie added five.
Fulton won the sophomore match 25-17, 15-25, 18-16, and Rockridge won the sophomore contest 17-25, 25-16, 15-4.
Morrison loses league match
SHERRARD, Ill. — The Morrison volleyball team dropped its second match in a row Tuesday, falling to Sherrard one night after losing to Dixon.
The Fillies were swept by Dixon on Monday, putting down just 10 kills in the two games. They lost 25-12, 25-20.
The storyline was similar for Morrison on Tuesday taking on Sherrard. The front row recorded more errors than kills for a negative hitting percentage. Of the team’s 15 kills, Emily Szabo and Kaylee Shetler had four a piece. Shetler also had three blocks.
Madison Steines and MacKenzie Petkus led the back row. Steines dug the ball up 14 times Tuesday, and Petkus added eight.
The Fillies dropped the first game 26-24 and the second 25-13.
Marquette beats North Linn
TROY MILLS — Marquette Catholic defeated North Linn in straight sets, 25-18, 25-19, 25-13, in Tri-Rivers Conference action Tuesday.
The Mohawks started each of the first two sets trailing the Lynx but powered through in each to regain the lead and finish ahead. The final set saw the Mohawks clicking on all levels as they raced out to a big lead and never looked back.
Sunny North had 13 kills to lead the Mohawks (7-7). McKenna Hingtgen had 23 assists, Alyx Sieverding recorded five aces, Brooklyn Moore had three blocks and Paige Lampe had 15 digs.