In athletic contests, the Central DeWitt students had a homecoming weekend to remember.

A night after the football team upset No. 3 La Porte City Union, the Sabers’ volleyball squad won the River Queen Invitational.

Central DeWitt beat Davenport Assumption 25-17, 30-28 in the final to claim the title.

The Sabers, ranked 12th in Class 3A, finally ended the marathon Game 2 against Assumption (No. 14 in Class 3A) when Meghan McClimon slammed down a kill.

“I was really tired,” McClimon said. “I just wanted that game to be over. I knew we could do it.”

And the girls had to go home and get ready for the dance happening later that night.

“I think it was the motivation of wanting to go home and get ready for homecoming, not wanting to go to that third game,” Central DeWitt coach Peggy Kuehn said. “They played with heart and didn't give up.”

It was the fifth match point for the Sabers that finally ended the championship bout and avenged Central DeWitt’s only pool-play loss.

The Sabers trailed 23-21, but Noelle Feldpausch knocked down a kill that started a three-point run for the Sabers. Central DeWitt went ahead 24-23, but then the two teams alternated points until McClimon’s match-winning kill. She had a match-high 13 kills in the final.

“We have really good chemistry, and we work together really well,” McClimon said. “I think we just came together and put it all together to finish it.”

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