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Northeast’s Alexis Ehlers hits a ball during the Rebels’ home invitational on Saturday.

Northeast thrills with competition

GOOSE LAKE – A solid No. 1 Davenport Assumption team ran away with the Northeast Volleyball Invitational on Saturday in Goose Lake, while local teams compete in close battles all throughout the day.

Camanche, Prince of Peace and Northeast all participated in the tournament.

The Indians got a third place finish on the day, recording tough losses to Assumption and Maquoketa.

They edged out Durant for their bronze, winning 15-21, 21-16, 15-12 to cap off their day 4-2.

The Irish played their way to a fifth place finish, also recorded tough, close losses. To start out bracket play in the afternoon (after going 2-1 in the morning pool play) the Irish fell to Duratn 24-22, 21-17 in a game that could have swung in their direction.

The Irish also lost to Maqouketa in pool play, ending the day 4-2.

Northeast was unable to pick up a win, continuing a winless season. However, the Rebels came close.

Northeast went to three sets against both Bellevue and Prince of Peace in pool play before falling. They saw another tough, three-set loss in bracket play, falling to Bellevue once more.

Unity places 4th in NICC

KALONA, Ill. – The Unity Christian Volleyball team finished fourth over the weekend in the Northern Illinois Christian Conference tournament hosted by Pathway Christian.

“We played out best, aggressive volleyball today,” head coach Jana Behr said. “We played well, close all day.”

The Knights lost to Galesburg Christian 25-21, 23-25, 10-15 to start off the day before beating Tri-State Christian in comeback fashion 19-25, 25-17, 15-10.

They ended the day with a loss to Galesburg again 25-23, 24-26, 11-15.

Michelle Striley had 15 kills, leading the Knights. Carrie Willoughby had another 14 and both Allison Tegeler and Kyra Wicklund added 10.

Kyra Wicklund impressed deensively with 53 digs on the day, while Maizie Wicklund added 30 more.

The Knights served 18 aces, led by Maizie Wicklund with four. Kyra Wicklund, Michelle Striley, Carrie Willoughby and Allison Tegeler each served three more a piece.

Michelle Striley earned 1st Team All-Conference while Kyra Wicklund was an honorable mention.

Unity now travels to East Moline Chrsitian on Tuesday night.

Clinton takes down ranked foe

WAVERLY – The Clinton River Queens knocked off a No. 10 Mount Vernon team over the weekend while playing solid volleyball at the Waverly-Shell Rock Volleyball Invitational.

The Queens took the game from Mount Vernon in two sets, led by six kills from Nevaeh Wagoner. Brooke Mulholland served three aces and had 15 digs as well.

The River Queens saw their only win of the day come over the Mount Vernon Mustangs while falling to more ranked opponents in a tough schedule. They lost to Class 4A No. 6 Waverly Shell-Rock, Class 3A No. 13 Nevada and Class 2A No. 3 Beckman Catholic.

Clinton (9-18) returns to Mississippi Athletic Conference competition on Tuesday night, welcoming Pleasant Valley to Yourd Gymnsium.

Fulton plays tough Sterling tourney

STERLING, Ill. – The Fulton Steamers picked up two losses over the weekend to ranked Sterling teams at a tough tournament down the road.

Both Sterling and Newman Catholic, both state-ranked, managed to take games from the Steamers over the weekened. Fulton lost to Sterling 25-12, 25-11, and lost to Newman 29-27, 25-21.

Fulton battled three sets with Metamore for a win, going the distance in a 30-28, 12-25, 29-27 victory. They also dominated AFC and Rock Island Alleman in two-game sweeps.

Maddie Hodge led the Steamers with an impressive 34 kills on the day. Emily Schipper had 30 and Megan Bailey another 27.

Kylie Collachia dug up 46 balls for the Steamers with Schipper adding another 40 to the mix.

Fulton had 19 aces from the serving line with Schipper serving six of them. Hodge had five and Bailey had three.