CAMANCHE — The state ranked Indians didn’t have much problem taking down Central DeWitt at home on Tuesday night, sweeping them 25-22, 25-17, 25-17.
“Overall, we did an excellent job tonight. We didn’t play down,” Camanche coach Heather Clark said. “We struggled with serving the other night and came to practice and worked on it. I was impressed tonight.”
With the Indians’ lineup of power hitters, the Sabers knew they had to play defense. The Indians struggled to find the opening in the first game, but eventually found the holes.
“It was a very scrappy game. DeWitt put up some good blocks and got a lot of our big hits back up,” Clark said. “We did well ... just as scrappy getting the balls up and we did a good job of putting the ball away.”
Clark was especially impressed with how her front row responded to the defense.
“We did well. We came out of the timeouts doing what we wanted to do out of the front row by moving their blockers and opening something up,” Clark said. “They did what we asked them to do.”
Madi Parson and Cam Carstensen handled the back row, combining for 28 defensive digs. Parson also had 16 kills on the night. She added to aces.
Tarah Wehde put away four, while sophomores Haley Duran and Maci Sloane notched four kills.
“Maci Sloane, she did an excellent job and got some blocks for us and put the ball away in some crucial moments that could have been game changers,” Clarke said.
The depth of the Camanche front row was what wore at the Sabers.
“I think it was just the way they could mix up the ball,” DeWitt coach Rachel Truelsen said. “Madi Parson can put the ball away, but then the other girls threw some off speed and mixed it up. We didn’t pick up points like we wanted to.”
The Sabers battled, and have been all season.
“We focus on being smart, tonight just didn’t work. We’re still putting some things together,” Truelsen said. “I have an amazing group of seniors. I have seven seniors who come every day and are leaders, pushing the girls and want to get better. They’re going to fight to the end.”
Camanche will travel to Anamosa on Thursday before returning home for a tournament on Saturday morning.
“Thursday is going to be very tough competition,” Clark said. “They just came into our conference.”
Anamosa is 10-2 on the season.
Central DeWitt will play at Easton Valley on Monday.
Queens splash past West
CLINTON — The River Queens picked up their first win of the season in the pool, defeating Davenport West 118-45 at the River King & Queen Aquatic Center on Tuesday night.
“Overall, they swam well,” head coach Albert Hayton said. “They had some good time drops, but still a lot of things they have to tweak. We’re just having our discussion about the things we have to take care of still, like technique that has to get fixed.”
Clinton swept first place in every swimming event on Tuesday, often grabbing the runner-up finish as well. West’s only first place finish was in the diving.
“Pretty soon it’s going to be the tiring part of the season where they’re going to get exhausted from morning practice, night practice, competing and school,” Hayton said. “Everything is going to start to weigh on them and that’s the part they have to push through so at the end of the season they have some money in the bank, so they can withdraw it at the end of the season. They have to keep working and good things will come.”
The junior varsity also beat West 42-5.
The River Queens have a pretty quick turnaround, returning home for a large meet on Saturday morning.
You can see a list of winners at clintonherald.com.
Steamers dominate Fillies
FULTON— The Fulton Steamers snapped a two game losing streak and brought their record back over 500 with a sweep of Morrison at home Tuesday night.
The Steamers won 25-12, 25-16.
Emily Schipper led the front row with seven kills and two blocks, while Daekota Knott put away two and blocked four.
Kylee Sweenie dominated the serve with eight aces and only one service error. She also had four assists, while Kylie Collachia had seven.
Unity soccer downs Faith
FULTON—The Unity Christian soccer team took their second of the season thanks to three goals from Joey Ladnier, beating Faith Christian 4-1 on Tuesday evening.
Ladnier, who has seven goals in the first two games of the season, led the Knights. Aidan Steinhauer scored the other point for Unity and Justin Hackbarth made six saves in the first half.
Unity is now 2-0 on the season and will play again on Friday.
Knights fall in conference triangular
FULTON— Unity Christian volleyball hosted conference foes Faith Christian and Pathway Christian on Tuesday night, losing both in four sets.
The Knights fell to Faith 13-25, 25-17, 17-25, 16-25.
“I thought we had some nice hustle plays and set the ball up nicely,” coach Jana Beh rsaid. “We would make a few mental errors and let them rattle off a few with jump serves.”
Behr stated that fatigue set in in the next game with Pathway, and the Knights lost some concentration.
They lost that one in three, 15-25, 18-25, 14-25.
“I have to remember that we are young and we are still trying to figure out our system and mesh as a unit. It takes time,” Behr said. “Overall I am happy with their progression even though we can’t seem to get the “W”.”
Michelle Striley had seven kills through the two games of the night, while Kyra Wicklund added six. Haley Bickelhaupt had six aces.
Unity Hosts a tournament this Saturday.
Fulton finishes second in triangular
PORT BYRON—Fulton came in behind Riverdale in a triangular on Tuesday, but was hoping to see a better performance.
“We didn’t expect to beat Riverdale as they are very good, but we hoped to score better,” coach Kevin Verhoeven said. “The kids know they didn’t perform well on the greens or from 100 yards in. I also know they will work on it and we will get better.”
While Riverdale led the three with a 146, Fulton finished with a team score of 168. Orion came in third with a 181.
Andrew Schrader led with a 37, Ian Wiebenga scored a 42 and Alex Hartman a 44. Patrick Wiebenga shot a 45 and Brady Schaver and Josh VanderPloeg rounded out the scores, each shooting a 46.