The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 1, 2012

Nobody can block Cards’ route to title

By Kurt Ritzman
Assistant Sports Editor

GOOSE LAKE — Maquoketa extended two streaks Saturday at the Rebel Invitational volleyball tournament.

By going 5-0 to win the tournament, the Cardinals (21-3) extended their unbeaten streak to 14 matches. A victory over Davenport Assumption in the finals gave Maquoketa six consecutive wins over the Class 3A No. 2 Knights, dating back to last year.

“My girls are excited to play another good team,” Maquoketa coach Jill Schawl said about her team’s success against Assumption. “We’ve got a lot of confidence, obviously. It’s a really good matchup for us. They have a great deal more height than us, but we’re so quick. We can attack and block a little bit quicker.”

The Cardinals, ranked ninth in Class 4A, won 25-15, 25-13 in the final.

Maquoketa had five stuff blocks in the final — including three, one solo, by Allison Vandemore — and numerous other blocks at the net that didn’t directly result in points.

“We really came alive blocking in the final,” Schawl said. “Our ticket is to take them out of system, so that we can really track where the set is going.”

The Cardinals got six or more kills from three players in the two-set final. Devon O’Connell had seven; Vandemore and Erica Sutton each knocked down six.

Maquoketa jumped to 10-2 leads in each game.

“It’s extremely important to be able to take them out of their system,” Schawl said. “In certain rotations, they’ve got a couple hitters who are really lethal. We were able to take them out of system and get in their head early.”

Assumption fought back in Game 1 to get within three points, but the Cardinals pulled away. In Game 2, Maquoketa never let its lead dip below six.

A tip kill by Aubree Taylor on match point gave Maquoketa its second tournament title in as many weeks.

“We didn’t start off the season really healthy,” Schawl said. “It was kind of deceptive that we dropped a match right away to Central DeWitt. I think people maybe didn’t think we were going to be as good as we were last year. Once we got healthy and got some confidence, we’ve been on a heck of a run. There’s a lot of confidence and it’s breeding more confidence.”

The Cardinals lost their first game of the day but rebounded to beat Class 2A No. 11 Durant 18-21, 21-19, 15-8. After that match, the closest game Maquoketa played was 25-15.

“We got off to a really slow start actually,” Schawl said. “It was awesome to see them pick it up in the second part of the day.”

Vandemore and libero Nicole Snyder were named to all-tournament team from Maquoketa.

In the semifinals, Maquoketa beat the host Rebels 25-14, 25-7.

“By the time we got to Maquoketa, we were a little overmatched,” Northeast coach Brenda McKone said. “Maquoketa is a great team.”

In pool play, Northeast (12-14) swept Fulton and Calamus-Wheatland and lost to Assumption 21-12, 21-19.

“I thought we did great in pool play,” McKone said. “They really came to play. We surprised ourselves a little bit. We have been slow starters, but we didn’t come out like that at all.”

She said they focused on getting off to better starts heading into the tournament.

“It’s homecoming week, so I was little concerned,” McKone said. “They were going to give me from 8:15 to 3 o’clock. They did a nice job, and I’m really proud of them.”

Breanne Butler was named to the all-tournament team for Northeast after hitting seven kills and getting seven blocks.

Camanche (8-12) lost to Assumption 25-16, 25-18 in the semifinals. In pool play, the Indians beat Durant and Prince of Peace and lost to Maquoketa.

Libby Schnoor was named to the all-tournament team after leading Camanche with 26 kills and 31 digs. She also had three blocks.

Calamus-Wheatland (4-18) edged Fulton in closest match of the day 21-16, 9-21, 16-14. Abbie Moellenbeck made the all-tournament team for the Warriors. She dished out 16 assists, had five kills and a block, and led her team with 10 digs.

Kylie Kennedy led the Steamers (8-11) on the day with eight kills, four aces and 11 digs and was named to the all-tournament team. Fulton is 7-3 in Three Rivers Conference action and hosts Erie on Thursday.

Prince of Peace (6-17) also dropped its three pool matches and is now on an eight-match losing streak. Sydney Laufenberg was named to the all-tournament team for the Irish after recording six kills.

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Results

Finals — Maquoketa def. Davenport Assumption 25-15, 25-13.

Semifinals — Maquoketa def. Northeast 25-14, 25-7; Assumption def. Camanche 25-16, 25-18.

Pool 1 — Camanche def. Prince of Peace 21-6, 21-13; Maquoketa def. Durant 18-21, 21-19, 15-8; Camanche def. Durant 21-19, 19-21, 15-12; Maquoketa def. Prince of Peace 21-10, 21-1; Maquoketa def. Camanche 21-8, 21-16; Durant def. Prince of Peace 21-9, 16-21, 15-6.

Pool 2 — Northeast def. Calamus-Wheatland 21-10, 21-12; Assumption def. Fulton 21-5, 21-13; Assumption def. Northeast 21-12, 21-19; Calamus-Wheatland def. Fulton 21-16, 9-21, 16-14; Northeast def. Fulton 21-18, 21-13; Assumption def. Calamus-Wheatland 21-12, 21-8.

Calamus-Wheatland individual statistics

Kills — Stephanie Petersen 11, Abbie Moellenbeck 5, McKenna Luepker 4, Abagale Pewe 4, Rebecca Vander Heiden 4. Assists — Moellenbeck 16, Sydney Kerr 9. Ace serves — Petersen 5, Abigail Perry. Blocks — Vander Heiden 2, Moellenbeck, Petersen. Digs — Moellenbeck 10, Kerr 7, Perry 5, Luepker 4.

Camanche individual statistics

Kills — Libby Schnoor 26, Courtney Sowle 23, Julia Moore 12, Sydney Grell 11, Brettan Hilgendorf 9. Assists — Kylie Vogel 65, Grell 5. Ace serves — Lindsey Grams 6, Vogel 5, Grell 4. Blocks — Sowle 5, Moore 4, Schnoor 3. Digs — Schnoor 31, Hilgendorf 22, Vogel 19, Grams 18.

Fulton individual statistics

Kills — Morgan Wierema 8, Kylie Kennedy 8, Chelsea Lesniewski 6, Rachael Beiermann 5. Assists — Beiermann 20, Olivia Edfors 14. Ace serves — Kennedy 4, Amy Knight 4, Ann Renkes 4, Lesniewski 3. Blocks — Wierema 2, Kennedy. Digs — Katherine Wayne 12, Kennedy 11, Beiermann 10, Knight 8, Lesniewski 8, Morgan Snyder 8.

Northeast individual statistics

Kills — Addie Oberman 14, Ashley Kruse 9, Breanne Butler 7, Alyssa Anderson 6. Assists — Lindsey Schmidt 14, Courtney Stoll 14. Ace serves — Brittany Stoll 5, C. Stoll 4, Schmidt 3. Blocks — Butler 7, Oberman 1. Digs — Morgan McAleer 16, Oberman 10, C. Stoll 5, B. Stoll 4.

Prince of Peace individual statistics

Kills — Julia Isenhour 10, Sydney Laufenberg 6, Karli Atkinson 5. Assists — Megan Mulholland 16, Aaliyah Chapman 3, Erin Kuehn 3. Ace serves — Mulholland 3, Atkinson 1. Blocks — Isenhour 4, Kuehn 2. Digs — Hunter Chapman 14, Atkinson 9, Mulholland 8.

All-Tournament Team

Allison Vandemore (M), Nicole Snyder (M), Danielle Cabel (DA), Lexi Flynn (DA), Breanne Butler (N), Kylie Kennedy (F), Sydney Laufenberg (P), Abbie Moellenbeck (CW), Libby Schnoor (Cam).