Northeast opened the Big East Conference volleyball season with a three-game sweep of Prince of Peace on Thursday night at Central Catholic Auditorium.

Addie Oberman had nine kills and three service aces to lead the Rebels to the 25-19, 25-16, 25-19 victory.

“(I’m) glad to get our first conference match under our belt,” Northeast coach Brenda McKone said. “We executed pretty well for the most part. More communication would be helpful, but I look for us to keep improving match after match.”

Brittany Stoll and Breanne Butler each added five kills for the Rebels, while Lindsey Schmidt made a match-high 13 assists and Alyssa Anderson was 13-for-13 serving.

Julia Isenhour’s five kills paced the Irish, while Karli Atkinson added four. Megan Mulholland had six assists, while Hunter Chapman led the way with seven digs.

The Irish drew praise from McKone.

“Prince of Peace is a young team who played hard all night and just wouldn’t go away,” she said.

The Irish host their annual tournament Saturday at Central Catholic Auditorium.

Cardinals avenge loss

MAQUOKETA — Maquoketa turned things around against rival Central DeWitt, beating the Sabers 25-14, 25-4, 25-14 to open WaMaC Conference play Thursday night.

Central DeWitt (3-3, 0-1 WaMaC) had beaten the Cardinals on Saturday in a tournament in DeWitt and moved ahead of the Cardinals in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union rankings that came out Thursday. The Sabers were No. 11, while Maquoketa slipped from sixth to 12th.

Devon O’Connell was responsible for almost a quarter of the Cardinals’ points as she delivered 18 kills. Marlee Lindstrom had 37 assists for Maquoketa, Nicole Snyder and Aubree Taylor each made 14 digs and Erica Sutton served three aces.

Maquoketa improved to 3-1, 1-0.

Polo tops Unity

FULTON, Ill. — Polo claimed a pair of close games against Fulton Unity Christian on Tuesday, beating the Knights 25-19, 25-23.

Vanessa Frederick had eight kills and four blocks to lead Unity (1-2) at the net, while JoLynn Frederick led the way with eight digs and six assists.

“(We) had a tough match tonight,” Unity coach Jana Behr said. “(We) played hard. Vanessa played tough at the net, JoLynn made some great plays and Erin (Wessels) passed well. Maria (Striley) came off the bench and had some great plays.”

The Knights are back in action Saturday at the Prince of Peace tournament.

Clinton freshmen win

CLINTON — Clinton’s freshman team improved to 2-0 on Thursday with a 2-0 win against Northeast at Yourd Gymnasium.

Varsity coach Mark Massey said the River Queens were led by Emma Gettes, Eiley Housenga, Abby Mulholland, Jenna Stremlow, Hannah Burken, Aubrey VanRoekel, Paiton Schultheis, Samantha McCue, Samantha Brisch and McKenzie Petersen.

NORTHEAST 25-25-25, PRINCE OF PEACE 19-16-19

Statistical leaders

Kills — Northeast (Addie Oberman 9, Brittany Stoll 5, Breanne Butler 5, Ashley Kruse 2); Prince of Peace (Julia Isenhour 5, Karli Atkinson 4, Sydney Laufenberg 2). Assists — Northeast (Lindsey Schmidt 13, Oberman 3); Prince of Peace (Megan Mulholland 6, Atkinson 2). Ace serves — Northeast (Oberman 3, Morgan McAleer 2, Stoll 1, Kruse 1). Blocks — Northeast (Butler 1, Kruse 1); Prince of Peace (Isenhour 1). Digs — Northeast (McAleer 7, Sadie McCloy 1); Prince of Peace (Hunter Chapman 7, Aliyah Chapman 6, Atkinson 5, Mulholland 5, Erin Kuehn 2).

Freshmen/sophomores — Northeast won 21-7, 21-7


Unity statistical leaders

Kills — Vanessa Frederick 8, JoLynn Frederick 2, Natalie Hirl 2, Jaime Kammerer 2. Assists — J. Frederick 6. Ace serves — J. Frederick 2, Hirl 2. Blocks — V. Frederick 4. Digs — J. Frederick 8, Erin Wessels 6, V. Frederick 5, Kammerer 3.