CAMANCHE — The Iowa Class 2A No. 9-ranked Camanche volleyball team defeated No. 7 Mediapolis in the championship match of Saturday's Camanche Invitational.

The Indians recorded a 25-21, 25-10 victory to hand Mediapolis its first loss this season.

Northeast, Preston, East Central and Bellevue also participated in the eight-team tournament. The Rebels finished fourth, Preston beat East Central in the fifth-place game and Bellevue placed seventh.

Camanche's Chelsea Moore was elected captain of the all-tournament team after collecting team highs in kills (29), digs (29) and service aces (18).

The all-tournament team also included: Tiana Bark and Ashtyn Dixon of Camanche, Rachel Eberhart of Northeast, Brena Smithson of Preston, Kaylyn Ertz and Bailey Griffith of Mediapolis and Holly Hosch of Cascade.

Camanche (12-3) went through the entire tournament without losing a game.

The Indians swept Cascade, Andrew and Bellevue in pool play. They swept East Central and Northeast in the playoff round, before brooming Mediapolis in the finals.

Camanche allowed 10.5 points a game on its way to the title. The Indians allowed 10 points or fewer in six of their 12 games.

Northeast (13-4) lost in pool play to Mediapolis and in the semifinals to Camanche, then lost a heartbreaker to Cascade in the third-place match. All three were two-point margins, and only the third game was won in regulation.

“We were up and down all day long,” Northeast coach Sara Deters said. “I believe we’re comparable to Camanche (which also beat the Rebels on Thursday). “We need to know we’re capable of winning big games. ... I honestly think that with the way we’ve started, we should have more confidence. We have a lot of starters back. They should know what it takes.”

Sabers reach semis at North Scott

ELDRIDGE — The Central DeWitt volleyball team went 2-1 in pool play against Class 4A schools before losing to No. 6-ranked Iowa City City High in the semifinals of Saturday's North Scott Invitational.

The 3A Sabers beat Burlington 21-14, 21-11 and North Scott 21-16, 8-21, 15-10 to finish as its pool's runner-up.

They faced the other pool's champ, City High, in the semifinals and lost 25-13, 25-17. The Little Hawks advanced to the finals, where they defeated Cedar Rapids Xavier 25-18, 25-14.

Clinton also participated in the tournament and finished 1-2 in pool play. Both losses came to teams ranked in the Class 4A poll.

The River Queens (7-5) lost to City High 21-9, 21-4. They bounced back for a 21-7, 22-20 win over Mississippi Athletic Conference foe Davenport West — their second sweep over West in the past three days. Then they lost their final match to No. 10-ranked Bettendorf 13-21, 25-23, 15-8 in a preview of Thursday's key league match.

“Overall, a good day for the Queens,” Clinton coach Mark Massey stated. “I'm not convinced that there are five better teams in the state than Iowa City High. They certainly looked pretty good on Saturday.”

Unity suffers first league loss in split

FULTON — The Fulton Unity Christian volleyball team split its two matches Friday with Cornerstone and Cedar Valley.

The Knights beat Cornerstone 25-15, 25-10 to open the day and lost a three-game thriller with Cedar Valley 25-22, 20-25, 25-20 for their first Northern Illinois Christian Conference defeat this season.

In the first match against Cornerstone, Unity had strong serving from Kayle Tomman (five aces) and Hannah Dykstra and Callie Willoughby (four each). Dykstra had six kills, Willoughby had five digs and Becca Meinema had four kills and four digs.

The Knights (4-3, 4-1 NICC) won Game 1 against Cedar Valley and posted a six-point lead in Game 2. But they lost the momentum, and eventually, the match.

Meinema registered 10 kills and 11 digs. Wendy Van Pelt had five kills, three aces and 14 digs. Willoughby had 12 digs, while Dykstra had seven blocks and nine digs.

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