CLINTON — The Clinton volleyball team started strong then held on for a three games to one victory over Davenport North in Mississippi Athletic Conference play.

The River Queens downed the Wildcats with scores of 25-16, 30-28, 21-25 and 25-20.

The River Queens came out of the gates strong taking the first point of the match on a Sarah Wenzel kill. Clinton would hold that lead throughout the game behind solid play by senior Mollie Enwright and Wenzel, a junior. Senior Carly Green fired consecutive aces to put the River Queens on top 21-9, Clinton’s largest lead in the game.

Davenport North narrowed the margin to eight but that was as close as the Wildcats would get in the first game.

The second game started much like the first, with a Wenzel kill and a big Clinton lead. The River Queens ballooned the lead to seven at 14-7 prompting North coach Amy Baker to call a timeout.

The Wildcats came out of the timeout and proceeded to gradually trim the River Queen lead eventually tying the game at 22-22 and taking the lead at 24-23.

The lead was exchanged four more times in the game as the home team held off North to take the game 30-28. Though Clinton was able to hold on for the win in game two there was definitely a momentum swing.

Clinton took the first two points of the game, but this time North answered the River Queen run with a run of their own taking the lead at 4-3. An Emily Tuisl kill evened the score at 4-4 and the Queens took a two point lead at 7-5. Davenport North edged in front for a 11-10 lead and it was a lead they would not relinquish. The Wildcats kept Clinton out of striking distance the rest of the way taking the game 25-21.

Davenport North jumped out to a 8-4 lead in game four. Clinton head coach Mark Massey called timeout to regroup his team. It worked. Though Clinton gave up the next two points, the River Queens steadily narrowed the lead tying the game at 12-12 and taking the lead a point later on a Green block.

North answered back tying the game at 13-13. Wenzel scored a kill to put Clinton up 14-13, it was a lead the River Queens would not surrender.

With the momentum in their favor the home team built the lead to five at 22-17 on a Tuisl kill.

North closed the lead to two at 22-20. Massey once again called a timeout to quell the run and once again it worked. Clinton scored the next three points on a Tuisl block, and kills from Enwright and Ellen Russell to give the River Queens the victory.

“Davenport North has been a longtime power in the league and we beat them pretty solidly a couple weeks ago, and you know they’re going to come back and play tougher than they did,” Massey said. “Our girls rose to the challenge and did what they had to do. So it was definitely a good win for us.”

“We had some big swings, Mollie Enwright had a huge kill right towards the end, Carly Green had some big kills all night, it was a team effort.”

The win improves Clinton to 11-9 overall and 3-2 in the MAC.

The River Queens will be back in action Tuesday when they host Bettendorf.

Clinton Leaders

Serving—Carly Green 15 points, 3 aces; Ellen Russell 11 points, 2 aces; Emily Tuisl 5 points; Brianna Bartels 4 points, 2 aces; Whitney Miller 3 points; Karissa Fullerton 2 points, 1 ace; Sarah Wenzel 2 points; Mollie Enwright 1 point.

Assists—Miller 56.

Kills—Wenzel 18, Tuisl 14, Enwright 8, Green 8, Russell 8, Miller 4.

Blocks—Green 3, Tuisl 3, Wenzel 1.

Digs—Miller 25, Russell 22, Fullerton 21, Tuisl 9, Wenzel 9, Green 5, Enwright 4.

Records—Clinton 11-9, 3-2 Mississippi Athletic Conference. Next—Bettendorf at Clinton, Tuesday.

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