GOOSE LAKE — The Northeast volleyball team matched visiting Camanche point-for-point late in each of the first two sets of Tuesday’s River Valley North contest.
In the opening set, the Rebels scored seven of the final 12 points. In set two, the two teams traded the final 10 points.
But Northeast’s pushes came too late, as the Indians had already built big enough advantages to withstand the back-and-forth exchanges in a 25-18, 25-16, 25-17 victory.
The two rivals traded points early in set one and the Rebels found themselves down just a point when Camanche reeled off a 5-1 run to create some room.
A second Indians push later in the set stretched the lead to 20-11 when Northeast began its rally.
The Rebels reeled off four straight points to pull within five and later went on a 3-1 run, but they could not completely catch the Indians.
Camanche rode the momentum to a strong start in the second set, jumping out to a 5-1 lead.
The Rebels fought back, getting within three, but another 5-1 run for the Indians helped them build another 20-11 lead.
Northeast matched Camanche the rest of the way, but the visitors got the five points they needed to finish off the set.
The Rebels were the ones to get off to the good start in the third set, jumping out to a 3-1 lead, but the Indians recovered, and the two teams stayed close over the set’s first 20 points (Camanche led 11-9).
The Indians, though, began to steadily pull away. The margin grew to four at 15-11 and six at 20-14 before Camanche finished off their victory.
Junior Neveah Hildebrandt paced the Northeast attack with seven kills, while senior Claire Abbott added five and Bree Mangelsen two.
Senior Jade Lanxon dished out seven assists with Ellie Rickertsen handing out six of her own.
Libero Miya Messerich led the defensive effort with nine digs. Lanxon had six, while Hildebrandt and Mangelsen came up with five apiece.
Mangelsen added a team-high three blocks for good measure with Abbott, Alexis Ehlers and Valerie Spooner all adding two blocks.
Rickertsen served up four aces with Lanxon chipping in two.