CAMANCHE — The Camanche Indians got their first taste of the new River Valley Conference on Wednesday night when they hosted Cascade. It was a satisfying four-set win for coach Josh Davis, who said several players had breakout performances. Camanche won 25-23, 19-25, 25-14, 25-23.
Libby Schnoor, who led the Indians in kills last season, had another strong performance with 23 kills on 78 attempts. But the key to the victory, Davis said, were the efforts made by outside hitter Brettan Hilgendorf and middle blocker Julia Moore.
“It was way more of a team effort than in the past,” Davis said. “We couldn’t get it to Libby every time, but Hilgendorf had a great game and Moore was outstanding.”
Moore and Hilgendorf finished with 11 kills apiece. None was more pivotal than Moore’s match-point bounce to stave off a Cascade comeback in the final set, with the Indians winning 25-23.
Wednesday also showcased Camanche’s ability to scrap for points, Davis said, something he’s hoping to build on as the season continues.
“A lot of our points were scrap points tonight,” he said. “We just didn’t let the ball hit the floor.”
He also highlighted a bounceback effort from defensive/serving specialist Kelsie French. The jump server, he said, “lost her mojo” during the Maquoketa Invitational last week with limited space to take a serving approach. Against Cascade, she rattled off a pivotal six-point swing in Set 3 from the service line that included the team’s only ace of the night.
Schnoor led the team with 13 digs, followed by Hilgendorf’s 12. Three other players had four or more digs. Davis said his team outscrapped a quality scrappy team in the Cougars.
Setter Kylie Vogel posted 38 assists and led the team with two blocks.
The win took Camanche to 5-2 and on a good start in the RVC. The Indians next play Tuesday at Northeast for the school’s second conference matchup.
Unity wins close one
GALENA, Ill. — Fulton Unity Christian lost a two-point game to open the match, but then won a pair of games by two points each to defeat Tri-State Christian 24-26, 25-23, 25-23 on Thursday.
JoLynn Frederick led the undefeated Knights with nine kills and added six aces and three digs. Katie VanderEide led Unity with seven aces.
Sherrard clips the Prophets
SHERRARD, Ill. — Sherrard eked out a two-point win in the decisive third game Thursday to defeat Prophetstown 25-13, 15-25, 25-23.
Karlie Stafford had six kills to lead the Prophets (1-1), while Kate Fringer had 13 assists, and each of them had a pair of aces.
CAMANCHE 25-19-25-25, CASCADE 23-25-14-23
Camanche statistical leaders
Kills — Libby Schnoor 23, Brettan Hilgendorf 11, Julia Moore 11. Assists — Kylie Vogel 38. Digs — Schnoor 13, Hilgendorf 12, Vogel 6, Kelsie French 4, Lindsey Grams 4. Blocks — Maddie Parker 2, Vogel 2. Aces — Vogel 1.
FULTON UNITY CHRISTIAN 24-25-25, TRI-STATE CHRISTIAN 26-23-23
Unity statistical leaders
Kills — JoLynn Frederick 9, Jaime Kammerer 2, Katie VanderEide 2, Jessi VanderEide 2. Digs — Frederick 3, Kammerer 3, Maria Striley 2. Blocks — J. VanderEide 2, Frederick 1.
SHERRARD 25-15-25, PROPHETSTOWN 13-25-23
Prophetstown statistical leaders
Kills — Karlie Stafford 6, Claire Kramer 5, Milnes 3. Assists — Kate Fringer 13. Digs — Katlyn Shirley 5. Blocks — Milnes 4. Ace serves — Fringer 2, Stafford 2.