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home : sports : sports Thursday, February 26, 2015

10/3/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Warrior senior Abbie Moellenbeck hits a kill, while Rebel senior Mercedes McCloy leaps for a block during Thursday night’s Observer-area battle between Northeast and Cal-Wheat which went to the Rebels 23-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-20.
Northeast senior Alyssa Anderson and Cal-Wheat senior Madison Bennett each attempt to hit the ball during the second meeting between the Rebels and Warriors at the Northeast Invitational, Saturday morning. The Rebels took the match by a 21-10, 21-12 score. Photos by Ross Eberhart
Rebel and Warrior netters meet in a pair of matches

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

There always seems to be a prevailing sense of déjà vu when the Calamus-Wheatland and Northeast volleyball teams meet up in Big East conference play.

When the two teams met in 2008, the match turned into a thriller that was not decided until the fifth and final game. A year later, the venue switched, but the type of match did not as the Warriors and Rebels found themselves pitted in another five-game classic.

The two teams did not meet each other in 2010, but battled it out again last year. In that match, Cal-Wheat won the opening set, but Northeast answered back and won the next three to take the match.

Thursday night, the two squads met once more and again there were plenty of welcome and unwelcome similarities for the two Observer-area squads.

Again, Cal-Wheat took the first game and consequently Northeast took the second to knot things up. And, just like in their meeting last fall, the Rebels used the momentum to take games three and four and bring home a 23-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-20 victory.

The first game was close early with both teams finding some success.

Eventually, the Warriors created some separation and pushed their advantage up to five points at 21-16.

Northeast got two points back, but were then called for an infraction which kept the lead at four.

Undaunted, the Rebels made another push as Ashley Kruse hit two-straight kills and the Warriors put one of their kill attempts into the net.

With the lead down to one, the Warriors answered back, taking advantage of a Northeast kill error and then getting an ace by McKenna Luepker to create game point.

Two of the Warriors' attempts to end the game, though, ended up in the net and the Rebels were within one again.

The third time proved to be the charm for the Warriors as Becca VanderHeiden found an open spot on the Rebels' side of the floor to give game one to Cal-Wheat 25-23.

The Rebels attempted to take control early in the second game as they scored the first three points (all three came on Cal-Wheat missed hits), but the Warriors rallied back behind three Luepker kills and the two teams found themselves tied at 5-5.

Northeast broke the tie with a Warrior serve error, but Cal-Wheat reeled off a 6-1 run to pull in front. Abby Pewe had the Warriors' lone kill during the stretch with other five points coming on Rebel errors.

Northeast was able to pull within one with three-straight points (including a Brittany Stoll kill and a Breanne Butler block), but the Warriors answered with another Pewe kill and an ace by Madison Bennett.

The Warrior lead was still three at 14-11 when the Rebels went on a run. Cal-Wheat was called for an infraction and Addie Oberman smacked a kill to get things started.

The next six points also belonged to the Rebels as Northeast came up with three kills (Butler had two and Oberman one) and used three Warrior kill errors to turn the three-point deficit into a five-point edge.

Cal-Wheat came right back with three-straight points as Stephanie Petersen hit a kill, VanderHeiden notched a block and Abbie Moellenbeck served up an ace.

The margin stayed at two as the two teams traded points before the Rebels took control with three-straight points and finally took the match on a Stoll kill.

The third game started with both teams trading runs.

The Rebels produced the first as three kills by Oberman, another by Morgan McAleer and four Warrior errors put Northeast in front 8-4 early.

Cal-Wheat answered with a run of its own. The Warriors took advantage of three Rebel mistakes to keep pace with Northeast and then rattled off four-straight points (Sydney Kerr served up a pair of aces, VanderHeiden added a kill and Northeast hurt their own cause with an attack error) to knot things up at 11-11.

The Rebels broke the tie with three-straight points (Stoll had a kill) before Moellenbeck ended the run with a kill of her own.

The lead got to four at 17-13, but just as quickly went back to two with a 3-1 Warrior surge that made it 18-16.

Northeast, though, ended the game with a flurry. Stoll and Kruse hit back-to-back kills to push the lead to four again and the Rebels finished the set with five-straight points (Stoll and Butler had kills, while Kayla Ohrt had two aces) to pick up the victory.

The Rebels continued their strong play right into the fourth game as they scored 10 out of the first 14 points to take an early advantage. McAleer (two), Kruse and Mercedes McCloy had kills during the run with Stoll adding an ace.

The Warriors, however, were unwilling to go quietly. Trailing 12-6, Cal-Wheat strung together five-straight points (Luepker led the way with a pair of aces) to pull within one.

The very next serve, though, went into the net and Oberman delivered an ace to push the Rebels' lead back to three. The two-point swing kick started a Northeast run that made it 19-13.

Cal-Wheat cut the lead down to four with two-straight points only to see the Rebels bring it right back to six.

The Warriors kept at it and cut it to four again at 21-17. Northeast answered with a point, but Cal-Wheat took advantage of two-straight Rebel kill errors and VanderHeiden smacked a kill to make it 22-20.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, another serve error gave the Rebels a much needed side-out and Oberman finished off the match with back-to-back kills.

The two kills gave Oberman a team-high 11 for the night with Stoll adding eight, Kruse six and Butler five for the Rebels.

Courtney Stoll assisted on 16 of the Rebels' kills with Lindsey Schmidt adding 10. McAleer had eight digs with B. Stoll adding six and C. Stoll four.

Butler had three blocks with Oberman and C. Stoll adding two apiece. Oberman had three aces as well, the same number as B. Stoll.

Petersen led the Warriors in the match with eight kills with Luepker right behind with seven and VanderHeiden adding four.

Moellenbeck assisted on 15 of the kills and was one of three Warriors to reach double digits in digs with 14. Luepker led the team with 15 digs, while Pewe had 13.

Kerr had five assists in the match, while Moellenbeck, Petersen and VanderHeiden all came up with two blocks. Luepker finished off a strong all-around night with three aces.

The two teams did not have to wait long for a rematch as the Rebels and Warriors met again in the first match of pool play during the Northeast Invitational less than 48 hours later.

The result turned out to be the same as the Rebels were victorious by a 21-10, 21-12 margin.

Alyssa Anderson, Kruse and Oberman all had three kills in the second meeting, while Schmidt dished out seven assists (C. Stoll had four).

McAleer had seven digs and Butler two blocks, while B. Stoll had three aces.

Petersen had three kills of her own to pace the Warriors (VanderHeiden had two) with Moellenbeck assisting on six Cal-Wheat kills. Moellenbeck also led the team with two digs, while Petersen had two aces.

The early match between the two squads ended up actually being for second in the pool as the Rebels and Warriors had the same results against the other two teams in the pool - Fulton and Davenport Assumption.

Both squads came up with wins against the Steamers with Northeast earning a 21-18, 21-13 sweep and the Warriors winning a dramatic 21-16, 9-21, 16-14 battle.

Things were much tougher against the second-ranked Knights as Northeast fell to Assumption 12-21, 19-21 and so did the Warriors 12-21, 8-21.

The second-place finish in pool play earned the Rebels a spot in the semifinals where they took on the top finisher of the other pool - Maquoketa.

Unfortunately for Northeast, the state-ranked Cardinals had a few too many weapons in a 25-14, 25-7 win (Maquoketa went on to win the entire tournament, downing Assumption 25-15, 25-13 in the finals).

Oberman finished the tournament with 14 kills and 10 digs, while Kruse had nine kills, Butler seven and Anderson six. Butler had seven blocks as well, while McAleer had a team-best 16 digs.

Schmidt and C. Stoll both had 14 assists in the tournament and combined for seven aces. B. Stoll had five aces over the four matches.

Petersen led the Warriors with 11 kills during the meet with Moellenbeck adding five to go with 16 assists. Kerr had eight assists and four digs (Abby Perry also had four digs, while Tessa Kauffman and Luepker had three).

Moellenbeck had seven digs and was one of three Warriors to record a block (Petersen and VanderHeiden were the others). Petersen had five aces during the meet with Perry adding one.


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