Herald Staff Report

GOOSE LAKE — Camanche knocked off Northeast 25-14, 25-12, 25-10 on Thursday in an early-season matchup of two of the top volleyball teams in the Big East Conference.

Northeast had won its first 10 matches and was coming off back-to-back championships in tournaments at East Central and Prince of Peace. The Indians (6-3, 1-0 Big East) were ranked ninth in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Class 2A ratings that were released Thursday.

Chelsea Moore led Camanche with 11 kills, while Tiana Bark had 23 assists and Haley Pulse delivered nine ace serves.

CAMANCHE 25-25-25, NORTHEAST 14-12-10

Individual statistics

Kills — Camanche (Chelsea Moore 11, Ashley Gonzalez 10, Ashtyn Dixon 7); Northeast (Shawna Spain 5, Rachael Eberhart 5). Assists — Camanche (Tiana Bark 23, Haley Pulse 4, Samantha Drury 2); Northeast (Kelsey Lorenzen 8, Roberta Swanton 2). Ace serves — Camanche (Pulse 9, Gonzalez 5, Bark 3, Moore 3). Digs — Camanche (Brooke Cochran 8, Dixon 8, Moore 7, Gonzalez 6, Drury 5); Northeast (Danika Loots 8, Brandy Herrington 8, Lorenzen 6). Blocks — Camanche (Drury 1, Pulse 1, Gonzalez 1, Bark 1).

Sophomores — Northeast won 23-21, 21-19.

Junior varsity — Camanche won 21-18, 22-20.

Irish improve to 5-5

CLINTON — Prince of Peace won a pair of close games and defeated visiting Bellevue Marquette 25-23, 25-15, 27-25 on Thursday in Big East action.

“We battled the whole time and stayed in control,” Prince of Peace coach Shanon Nelson said. “Everything was in sync tonight. They never gave up (in the two-point matches). They stayed calm under pressure. We have a lot of returners, and great senior leadership helps out a lot.”

Megan Lehmkuhl had eight kills, 14 assists and two aces for the Irish (5-5), while Ari Aquilani had 17 assists and was 12-for-12 serving and Erica Ugarph had seven kills and three aces.

“Our serving is what won it,” Nelson said. “If our serving is on and our passing is on, everything falls together.”

PRINCE OF PEACE 25-25-27, MARQUETTE 23-15-25

Prince of Peace statistical leaders

Kills — Megan Lehmkuhl 8, Erica Ugarph 7, Carrie Kuehn 6. Assists — Ari Aquilani 17, Lehmkuhl 14. Digs — Brittany Horst 20, Brittany Williams 15, Kirsten Heeren 15, Kuehn 14. Blocks — Kuehn 7, Ugarph 4, Allyson Naeve 2. Serving — Ugarph 10-13, 3 aces; Lehmkuhl 17-18, 2 aces; Horst 12-14, 2 aces; Aquilani 12-12, 1 ace.

Freshmen-sophomores

Marquette 21-13-15, Prince of Peace 9-21-9

Prince of Peace statistical leaders

Kills — Julia Isenhour 7, Maggie Schnier 2. Assists — Megan Mulholland 9. Digs — Emily Gardner 11, Naeve 10, Brittany Williams 9, Aaliyah Chapman 9. Blocks — Isenhour 1, Chapman 1. Serving — Gardner 20-20, 11 aces.

Junior varsity

Marquette 21-21, Prince of Peace 15-10

Prince of Peace statistical leaders

Kills — Schnier 3, Naeve 2. Assists — Mulholland 6. Digs — Gardner 4, Kiana Johnson 4, Haley Chapman 3. Blocks — Schnier 1, A. Chapman 1. Serving — Schnier 6-6, 1 ace.

East Central wins in 5

MILES — After each team cruised to a victory in the first two games, East Central won two of the close three games that followed and came away with a five-game win against Andrew on Thursday in Big East volleyball.

Each of the final three games was decided by three points, as the Raiders won the match 25-13, 12-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-12 on their home court.

Tessa Daniels led the Raiders with nine kills and 10 aces, and she also had 10 digs.

EAST CENTRAL 25-12-25-22-15, ANDREW 13-25-22-25-12

East Central statistical leaders

Kills — Tessa Daniels 9, Sydney Gray 8, Samantha Lippens 6. Aces — Daniels 10, Gray 4, Nicole Hoffmann 3. Blocks — Mareah Adolphs 4, Ryleigh Keeney 3. Assists — Cassie Aldis 20, Jackie Myers 7, Kelsey McCloy 4. Digs — Gray 13, Daniels 10.

Freshmen-sophomores — East Central won 21-14, 21-18.

Junior varsity — Andrew won 21-10, 21-17

Preston tops Midland

WYOMING — Preston scored the final two points to win a close opening game, then finished the match with easier wins, beating Midland 27-25, 25-11, 25-11 in the Big East on Thursday.



Thunder fall on road

LENA, Ill. — Lena-Winslow handed West Carroll its first loss of the season, winning a Northwest Upstate Illini Conference volleyball match 25-16, 25-23 on Thursday.

Kelsey Bull had seven kills, and Chelsey Sipe had 19 assists and three aces to lead the Thunder (3-1, 2-1 NUIC).

“After a slow start in Game 1, the Thunder picked up the pace and fought very hard,” coach John Kovacka said. “Three matches in three days seemed to take a little toll on the Lady Thunder. Even with the loss, the kids seem to be getting better each match.”

LENA-WINSLOW 25-25, WEST CARROLL 16-23

West Carroll individual statistics

Kills — Kelsey Bull 7, Becca Fritz 5, Ashlyn Miller 4. Assists — Chelsey Sipe 19. Blocks — Bull 1, Fritz 1. Aces — Sipe 3, Fritz 2, Sarah Boyer 1.

Freshmen-sophomores — Lena-Winslow won 25-21, 25-19.

Freshmen — Lena-Winslow won 25-14, 25-8.



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