MONTICELLO — The Northeast volleyball team came out strong.

But hosting Monticello withstood the push and fired back for a three-set win in Thursday’s River Valley North bout.

Using strong serves and effort on the defensive end, the Rebels brought the Panthers to the brink before the hosts were able to prevail in a 25-23 victory.

Monticello, though, used the momentum of that close win to take down the Rebels in the second and third sets as well for a 25-23, 25-17, 25-11 victory.

Northeast came up with a season-high 28 digs in the match, thanks in large part to the trio of Bree Mangelsen (eight), Miya Messerich (seven) and Ellie Rickertsen (six), who provided three-fourths of them.

The Rebels shined at the service stripe, too, picking up 11 aces.

Claire Abbott led the way with four aces, while Neveah Hildebrandt, Jade Lanxon and Mangelsen all had two (Mangelsen was 13-of-13 on her serves for good measure).

Hildebrandt, Abbott and Mangelsen combined for 12 of the team’s 14 kills with Lanxon dishing out 11 assists.

Abbott added three blocks, while Mangelsen and Valerie Spooner both had one.

The Rebels were back in action two days later at the Camanche Invitational.

Complete stats from the tournament were unavailable at press time, but will be included in Saturday’s edition of The Observer.