ANAMOSA — Victories proved to be elusive for Northeast volleyball team at a Saturday tournament hosted by Anamosa.
Facing off against two familiar foes — fellow River Valley North teams Anamosa and Bellevue — and two unfamiliar foes — Washington and Galena (Ill.) — the Rebels made strides, but were unable to top their opponents.
The Northeast offense was at its best against its lone non-Iowa foe as the Rebels put down 14 kills against the Pirates.
Junior Alexis Ehlers led the balanced attack with four kills, while Claire Abbott and Neveah Hildebrandt added three apiece and Valerie Spooner two.
Jade Lanxon and Ellie Rickertsen, meanwhile, set up the Northeast attack, sharing the team-lead on assists.
Seniors Bree Mangelsen and Miya Messerich both had four digs to pace the defense, while Abbott led the way with two blocks.
The Rebels added 12 kills in a two-game setback to Washington and again spread around the success with Hildebrandt, Abbott, Ehlers and Mangelsen all coming up with at least two.
Lanxon led the team in assists and also joined Hildebrandt with two digs. Rickertsen, meanwhile, had a team-best three digs.
The Northeast defense shined against Bellevue, piling up a tournament-best 19 digs.
Mangelsen led the way with six, while Coby Johnson had four and Lanxon and Messerich three apiece.
Hildebrandt accounted for half of the team’s 10 kills, while Abbott had a block and served up two aces.
The Rebels served up seven aces against the hosts, who went undefeated on the day.
Abbott and Lanxon accounted for more than half of them, while Ehlers, Mangelsen and Rickertsen all had one.
Abbott and Sierra Wegener both had two kills with the former finishing off a busy match with two digs and two blocks as well.