ANAMOSA — With a nearly two-week gap in its River Valley Conference slate, the Northeast volleyball team has kept busy with tournaments on consecutive weekends.
The Rebels were in Anamosa in the first weekend in September and brought home their first victory of the season against Washington, while also giving the tournament hosts a scare.
A week later, Northeast visited another River Valley North foe — Camanche — for its tournament and took part in another three matches.
There was nothing fancy about the Rebels’ victory over the Demons. The defense kept Washington at bay, using six blocks and 19 digs to allow just four kills, while the offense put down 11 kills.
Four of those kills came from senior Alexis Ehlers, while Ellie Rickertsen, Aubrie Kruse and Alyssa Fowler added two apiece. Rickertsen and Coby Johnson, meanwhile, combined for 11 assists.
Madison Tarr led the charge on defense with five digs. Ehlers and Kruse added three digs and also came up with assisted blocks. Beth Lamp and Valerie Spooner also had multiple digs, while Fowler paced the Rebels with two blocks.
Along with her play on offense, Rickertsen also gave Washington fits by serving up four aces.
Northeast jumped on the hosting Blue Raiders, too, taking set one of their matchup, 21-18.
Anamosa, though, rebounded, taking the second game and then the deciding third set to take the match.
Kruse led a balanced Northeast attack with five kills, while Rickertsen, Ehlers, Morgan Foster and Fowler also had more than one kill. Rickertsen dished out a team-high seven assists, while Johnson had five.
Tarr also tied for the team lead with five digs, the same number as Spooner, who also came up with two of the team’s seven blocks.
Ehlers had four digs and a block, while Rickertsen served up two more aces.
The Rebels had 17 digs in their meeting with Bellevue at Anamosa, but the Comets defense limited Northeast to just six kills in a sweep.
Ehlers and Tarr paced the defense with three digs apiece, while Rickertsen, Johnson, Kruse and Spooner all had two.
A three-set tilt with Davenport North highlighted the Rebels’ Saturday in Camanche.
The Wildcats cruised in the first set, but Northeast countered to take the second and the third set went to the very end before North was able to take the match with a 15-13 win.
Things were tougher against Easton Valley and the tournament hosts as the River Hawks and Indians both came away with sweeps against the Rebels.