Irish down Camanche 30
CAMANCHE – After a deadlocked first set, the Prince of Peace volleyball team dominated Camanche in the second two sets to take the game 3-0 on Tuesday night.
The Irish took the non-conference contest 27-25, 25-12, 25-10.
The Storm had the lead in the first set, but saw the lead dwindle. It took a lot of energy out of the young Storm volleyball lineup.
“We got down and we get in our heads a lot,” senior Aubrey Carstensen said. “It gets hard to pick it back up, especially with the younger ones.
“We need to communicate more and get out of our heads and be positive.”
But for the Irish, it was a momentum builder. The Irish continued to rattle off points and go on runs that stunned the Storm.
“We’ve seen them twice in our tournament at home already,” middle Lilly Isenhour said. “We knew we could beat them but we had to show up because it’s hard to beat a team three times.
“Winning that set really helped push us into the next ones.”
Leading that was Sarah Moeller and Lilly Isenhour. Moeller had nine kills with Isenhour not far behind, and Isenhour dug up 10 balls and went 14-for-14 from the service line. Nyah Thomas also had four aces on the night.
“We definitely need to work on using [our height] to our advantage,” Isenhour said. “With our blocking, we’re going to get a lot of touches and we need to keep working on getting the ball up off of those and using our size to our advantage.”
Camanche knows they’re going to be on the short end of every game they play – their tallest girl measures 5-07. The Irish block was big and they know they need to improve on hitting around it when they start conference play.
“We need to focus on finding gaps in the blocks,” Carstensen said. “Or pushing to corners. We need to find empty spaces where we can put it.”
Carstensen led the Storm with six kills while adding seven digs. Danika Dodson had nine digs in the back row.
The Irish play Tri-Rivers Conference opponent Alburnett on Thursday night.
The Storm will behind River Valley Coneference play on Sept. 9 against Bellevue.
Queens lose nail biter
BETTENDORF – Facing their second state-ranked Mississippi Athletic Conference opponent in the last week, the No. 14 Clinton River Queens lost a heartbreaker on Tuesday night when they fell in five sets to Class 5A No. 13 Bettendorf.
The Bulldogs took down the Queens 25-20, 20-25, 14-25, 25-18, 15-9 in a five set thriller.
Makayla Howard led the offensive charge with 17 kills, while Megan Kelly put up another 11. Payton Luett served four aces for Clinton.
On defense, Avery Dohrn had 20 digs, Makayla Howard another 16 and Jamie Greenwalt had 12.
The River Queens (0-6) will play this weekend at Cedar Rapids Washington in an other invitational before going back to MAC play with a contest against Central DeWitt on Tuesday.
Queens swim falls at home
CLINTON – The River Queens fell to Bettendorf in the pool on Tuesday, trailing the Bulldogs 120-49 in a home meet.
The River Queens finished with three runner-up finishes and a handful of third placers.
The 200 Medley Relay team of Lydia Hoffman, Macie Hoffman, Sarah Hilgendorf and Jordyn Klinkhammer finished second in 2:09.02.
Macie Hoffman picked up a silver individually with a runner-up finish in the 50-yard Free, clocking in at 27.60.
The third varsity second place finish was the 200 Yard Free Relay. Kendie Huizenga, Joayden Kissack, Sarah ?Hilgendorf and Lydia Hoffman finished in 1:55.56 for that finish.
The Queens are back in action on Thursday, traveling to Tipton for another dual meet.
DeWitt fourth, Clinton 11th in QC
DAVENPORT – The Central DeWitt Sabers were led by Ben Alger in a swing towards fourth place on Wednesday at Emeis Golf Course in Davenport.
Alger golfed an 81 to take 11th, the highest local finish of the day. Carter Drury golfed an 87 and Jacob Brokaw an 86.
The Sabers scored a 346 as a team, finishing behind Pleasant Valley (304), Burlington (312) and North Scott (329).
The Clinton River Kings finished 11th overall. Their highest finish of the day came from Jaiden Busse, who came in with a 97 on the day.