JOHNSTON — Clinton dropped three matches Saturday at the Johnston Invitational volleyball tournament.

The losses dropped Clinton’s record to 17-12 and ended the regular season for the River Queens.

Dike-New Hartford beat Clinton 21-13, 21-6; Marshalltown defeated the Queens 21-19, 23-21; and Waukee won 21-18, 21-16.

The River Queens open the postseason on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. home match against Central DeWitt.

Unity Christian closes season

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Unity Christian finished its volleyball season Saturday at the Northern Illinois Christian Conference tournament.

“Although we lost, I am very proud of these girls,” Coach Jana Behr said. “Each player has improved, and they were always about supporting one another.”

Lexi Wauford was voted to the NICC all-conference first team, and Haley Bickelhaupt was voted on the second team.

Wauford had 14 kills in five games to lead the Knights. Kyra Wicklund added five. Bickelhaupt had team highs with seven assists and five aces.

Wauford (5) and Bickelhaupt (4) were the leaders in digs, and Wauford also had five blocks.

“Lexi played the net really well this weekend once again,” Behr said. “Kyra Wicklund also showed a lot of promise at the net. Haley Bicklehaupt served tough, as did Kyra Wicklund.”

Mohawks split at league meet

WYOMING — Marquette Catholic split matches against Maquoketa Valley and Easton Valley at Midland High School on Saturday on the final day of competition of the Tri-Rivers Conference Tournament.

“The Mohawks got off to a very slow start against an improved Maquoketa Valley squad,” Coach Andy Bishop said. “We were unable to recover.”

Marquette Catholic lost to Maquoketa Valley, 25-14, 25-14 but beat Easton Valley 21-14, 21-13 in the consolation match.

Teona Richman has 14 kills for the day between the two matches, and Sunny North added another nine. Richman also had three blocks and 14 digs.

Paige Lampe led the back-row effort with 17 digs. McKenna Hingtgen led with 23 assists.

Easton Valley was swept by the Mohawks and by East Buchanan in its first match of the day. Sara Kilburg led the River Hawks with six kills, all of them coming against Marquette. Abby Green and Macy Wilhelm added another four apiece.

Hailey Messerich had four blocks, and Sadie Zaruba added three service aces to the offense.

Abby Green led with 11 digs, with eight from Sarah Driscoll and seven from Zaruba.

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