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home : sports : sports Wednesday, July 9, 2014

9/14/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Northeast senior Addie Oberman leaps to hit a kill during the Rebels’ River Valley conference match with Camanche. Oberman had a season-best 15 kills in the match and added 10 digs, but it was the Indians who came away with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-18 victory. Photos by Ross Eberhart
Miscues hurt Rebel netters in loss to Camanche

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

The Northeast volleyball team knew it was in for a challenge when area rival Camanche came into town for a River Valley conference match, Tuesday night.

That trial became even more difficult when the Rebels found themselves taking on another adversary.

Themselves.

Plagued by an abundance of unforced errors and a tough night behind the service line, Northeast was, at times, its own worst enemy.

That was bad news against a veteran and tireless Indian squad who took advantage of every miscue in a 25-19, 25-20, 25-18 victory.

"The number of unforced errors was very disappointing," Northeast head coach Brenda McKone said. "Once we started making mistakes, they seemed to come one right after another."

The match got off to a tight start with the Rebels holding an 8-6 advantage early. Senior Addie Oberman completed a pair of kills during the early stretch with Courtney Stoll adding an ace.

Camanche, though, came back with three-straight points - two of which involved the ball harmlessly falling to the floor between two Rebels - to take its first lead.

Northeast answered with two-straight points of its own, and a kill by Peyton Gray moved the Rebels back in front.

It was the last lead the Rebels would hold in the game as Camanche seized control with nine-straight points.

Only one of the points came on an Indian kill; the rest came on Northeast attacks that were off-target.

The run finally ended when Camanche put its own kill attempt into the net, but the Indians followed that up by scoring three of the next four points to go up 21-12.

Now it was the Rebels' time to rally, and the hosts did just that with six-straight points. A pair of Breanne Butler blocks highlighted the surge, and Northeast also got an ace from junior Bailey Claussen.

Back within three, the Rebels' run ended on a serve error. Camanche had its own miscue to make it 22-19, but the final three points came from the Indians, who took the game.

The second game was tight throughout and after 36 serves, both teams had 18 points.

The Rebels led by two twice in the second set; the first came when they reeled off three-straight points (on a Camanche violation, an ace and a Butler kill) to make it 14-12, and the other came when they broke a 14-14 tie thanks to an Indian serve error and a Gray kill.

Mistakes, though, again caught up with them as the Rebels lost their hitting touch during a 6-1 Camanche run (Ashley Kruse had the Rebels' lone point on a kill) that turned the 18-18 tie into game point at 24-19.

Oberman helped Northeast stave off one game point with a kill, but the Indians were able to wrap up the set moments later to put the Rebels on the ropes.

Emboldened by its advantage, Camanche burst out of the gates in game three, scoring nine of the first 12 points to put the Rebels in an early hole.

Little by little, Northeast clawed back, and when Oberman served up an ace to cap a 5-1 run, the Rebels were back within one at 15-14.

Camanche, though, sewed up the Rebels' rough night with one final backbreaking run. After Oberman's ace, the Indians proceeded to score six of the next seven points to swiftly rebuild their lead, and Northeast never got closer than four the rest of the way as Camanche finished off the win.

Oberman had a big night offensively, coming up with exactly half of the Rebels' 30 kills, while also recording 10 digs and an ace.

Gray added five kills for Northeast with Butler, Kruse and Alicia Perez all coming up with three. Kelsey Carder led the way on defense with 12 digs, while Baylie Parson and Stoll both had eight. The latter served up two aces as well, and Butler came up with three blocks.

"The good news is those errors are certainly correctable and won't often be repeated," McKone said. "There were some bright moments and many good things for us to build on. I'm still very much looking forward to the progress this team is going to make this season."


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