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|Rebels down Bellevue in opener, finish 3-2 at Prince of Peace|
By Ross Eberhart
It did not take very long for the Northeast volleyball team to give the school its first ever River Valley Conference victory.
Competing in their very first match of the season, the Rebels used an impressive defensive display to take down fellow conference newcomer Bellevue 25-13, 24-26, 25-15, 25-20, Thursday night.
The Comets did not find many empty spaces on the Rebels' side of the floor as the home team piled up 43 digs in the match (only once last season did Northeast record more than 40 digs - a five-game victory over Camanche).
The number of digs could have been even higher too, but the Rebels deflected a high number of Bellevue kill attempts at the net, finishing the match with 12 blocks.
Add in an efficient attack - the Rebels turned exactly half of their 54 attack attempts into kills - and the result was a strong opener.
Senior Addie Oberman paced the attack, coming up with nine kills, while Breanne Butler and Ashley Kruse added seven apiece. Alicia Perez had three kills with Kelsey Carder notching one.
Every one of the Rebels' kills was assisted. Courtney Stoll dished out 21 assists in the match with Bailey Claussen adding five and Oberman one.
The defense, meanwhile, was led by junior libero Baylie Parson, who had 11 digs. Oberman added nine of her own with Carder collecting six and Tierra Hildebrandt and Stoll five each (Perez contributed three).
Butler, meanwhile, had five blocks, including four solo, and tied for the team-lead with four aces.
Kruse added two solo blocks for the Rebels with Oberman, Perez and Laikyn Schaefer also getting their mitts on Bellevue kill attempts.
Oberman and Stoll joined Butler with four aces in the game (Northeast had 17 as a team, matching last year's season-best) with Kruse serving up two.
Two days later, the Rebels returned to action with a busy day at the Prince of Peace Invitational.
Northeast saw action in five matches during the day and took second with a 3-2 mark.
Incidentally, the Rebels' two setbacks came against the same squad with Northeast falling twice to Galena (Ill.) in a pair of tight matches.
The rest of the day proved to be more successful as Northeast took down Anamosa, Cedar Valley Christian and the meet's host.
The closest of those meetings came against the Blue Raiders - the same team the Rebels knocked off in last year's postseason - as Northeast needed all three games to bring home a 21-17, 16-21, 15-8 victory.
Oberman (seven) and Butler (five) combined for 12 of the Rebels' 18 kills, while Kruse and Perez both had two.
Parson chipped in a team-high eight digs for Northeast, who again excelled defensively with 34 digs as a team. Oberman and Carder both had six digs with Perez notching three.
The Rebels had success at the net too with five blocks, including a pair of solo blocks from Oberman.
Stoll dished out each of the Rebels' nine assists and also was one of five players - Butler, Carder, Kruse and Schaeffer the others - to record an ace.
The Rebels cruised against Cedar Valley Christian, picking up its biggest win of the day (21-11) in game one before finishing things off with a 21-18 triumph.
Oberman led a balanced Rebel attack with six kills, while Peyton Gray had three and Butler, Hannah Kilburg and Perez two each. Stoll assisted on six of the kills with Claussen having a hand in two.
Parson and Carder had four and three digs, respectively, while Butler came away with the only block for the Rebels, who served up eight aces in the victory (Butler, Gray and Stoll all led the way with two).
The meeting between Northeast and Prince of Peace packed plenty of drama early with the former Big East foes going past the 21-point limit. It was the Rebels, though, who broke a 21-21 tie with two-consecutive points to bring home a 23-21 win.
With the momentum on its side, Northeast cruised in the second game, picking up a 21-14 win to finish off the match.
The Rebels had just seven kills in the match with Oberman leading the way with four.
Northeast, though, got another strong match from its defense, which recorded 21 digs (Parson and Oberman combined for 10) and eight blocks (Kruse led the way with three, while Butler and Oberman had two each).
Both matches with the Pirates were close with Northeast falling 21-18, 21-15 in one meeting and 21-18, 21-19 in the other.
"We're off to a good start," Northeast head coach Brenda McKone said. "The girls are doing a great job of keeping their intensity up throughout matches and passing is a strength for us right now."