CLINTON – The Clinton volleyball team celebrated homecoming week and Senior Night in a big way, sweeping Davenport Central 3-0 at home on their way to a third consecutive Mississippi Athletic Conference win.
The River Queens came out and won 25-14, 25-21, 25-23.
After picking up their first conference win last Tuesday against Davenport North, the River Queens went on to beat both West and Central to up their total conference wins to three.
Nevaeh Wagoner and Kelly Clark led the offense, combining for 15 kills. Makenzie Cooley added another five to the mix.
Wagoner also helped in the back with 12 defensive digs, while libero Rylie Mussman added another 12. Setter Brooke Mulholland. who had 24 assists, ended with eight digs.
The Queens serves six aces with two a piece from Wagoner and Clare McCue, with Clinton only missing two serves on the night.
The River Queens (10-18) now travel to Muscatine to attempt to extend their conference streak to four. That road game is next Tuesday.
Steamers fall to Orion
ORION, Ill. – The Fulton volleyball team was unable to hold off a state-ranked Orion team for a second time, falling in two sets on the road on Tuesday night.
The Steamers pulled the upset just a couple weeks ago in Fulton. It was the Chargers’ only loss of the season so far.
With a battle in Set 1, the Steamers stayed close. With Orion leading by three, Fulton allowed them to go on a 4-1 run before trying to crawl their way back. They lost Set 1 25-20.
The Chargers came out fast in Set 2, jumping to a 12-7 lead. Fulton managed to tie everything up at 13-13 but saw the Charger rattle off four straight and never look back, taking Set 2 25-19.
Emily Schipper had eight kills with Maddie Hodge adding another seven.
Fulton (19-7) will welcome Riverdale to their home court this Thursday.
Kings finish 9th
WEST DELAWARE – The Clinton River Kings ran together towards a ninth place finish at a tough West Delaware Invitational on Tuesday afternoon.
The River Queens finished 13th out of 22 teams.
“The kids battled all day,” head coach Kellen Schneeberger said. “They did a nice job of attacking the course and mixing it up with some quality teams.”
Noah Smith placed 17th overall for the River Kings in a field with seven Top 15 teams from the state. The top five runners for Clinton all finished within a minute of each other.
“”The work we have been doing in practice and the tactical elements we have talked about are starting to pay off,” Schneeberger said. “The boys wanted to try to push for medals and maybe sneak into the top five but it just wasn’t there today.”
Abby Struble finished first for the Queens, followed by Viviana Ramirez, Emma Milder, Frannie Mascagni and Sofia Tello.
“We did a better job of trying to pack up,” Schneeberger said “We’ve had more competition for those seven girls’ spots so I think the ladies are running with an increased effort to retain their spot.”
The Kings and Queens take on the Mississippi Athletic Conference meet next Thursday.
“We’ve had next Thursday on our calendar for quite some time,” Schneebeger said. “We’re very excited to see our conference in full and mix it up.”