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Northeast senior Alecca Gray (left) rises to block an attack attempt by Mid-Prairie’s Maya Hall during the first set of a River Valley Conference tournament pool match between the two teams. Gray led the Rebels with two blocks during Northeast’s three pool matches, including one against the Golden Hawks. Mid-Prairie, though, answered a game one setback by taking the final two sets for a 18-21, 21-17, 15-13 victory in the final pool match for both teams.
Rebels, Sabers have tough days in conference pool play

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

TIPTON - A pair of strong starts could not give the Northeast volleyball team the results it wanted during Tuesday's pool play for the River Valley Conference tournament.

The Rebels battled point-for-point with Bellevue in the opening set of their match, and later rallied for a 21-18 victory over Mid-Prairie in the first game of that bout.

Northeast, though, could not hold on to the momentum of its strong starts and was unable to come up with a victory at the meet.

The Comets finished off their victory with a more comfortable 21-13 margin in the second set, while the Golden Hawks matched Northeast's success in the opening set by taking the second game, 21-17, and then the deciding third set, 15-13.

In between the two contests, Northeast dropped both sets to the eventual pool champion - eighth-ranked Tipton.

Senior Jacey House led the Rebels with both 10 kills and 11 digs.

Fellow seniors Alecca Gray and Seanna Lamberton added seven kills apiece, while libero McKenna Dierks had eight digs.

Christian Jacobsen (15) and Kaitlyn Myers (12) combined for 27 assists, and the Rebels picked up two blocks from Gray.

The first part of the River Valley tourney - the meet wraps up Thursday - came just days after the Rebels finished league play with a trip to Cascade.

After a big 25-10 Cougars victory in the opening set, Northeast was able to close the gap over the subsequent two sets, but was unable to overtake its host in a three-set setback.

Seniors Casidy Dondiego and Gray accounted for nine of the Rebels' 12 kills in the match.

Jacobsen handed out five assists and House had a team-high nine digs for the Rebels, who again picked up two blocks from Gray.

Central DeWitt falls

in WaMaC tourney pool

TAMA - A long trip for the Central DeWitt volleyball team did not go as planned.

Competing with state-ranked squads Marion and Western Dubuque, along with hosting South Tama, the Sabers were kept winless in Tuesday's WaMaC pool play.

Two days later, Central split a pair of matches in the consolation bracket at Marion.

After starting their Thursday with a setback to Williamsburg, the Sabers bounced back to knock off Vinton-Shellsburg by matching 25-23 scores.

A full recap of the Sabers' busy week will be included in Wednesday's edition of The Observer.

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