CLINTON — The Central DeWitt volleyball team got the starts it wanted, but had trouble sustaining them during a MAC road visit to Clinton Tuesday.

The Sabers jumped out a 3-1 lead in the opening set and a 6-1 advantage in the second set, but in both instances the River Queens surged back to take the lead.

The hosts made sure those advantages stuck, too, taking down the Sabers with a 25-20, 25-17, 25-21 victory.

An 8-2 run by Clinton gave the River Queen the early momentum. The push came with the score tied at 7-7 and proved to be the difference as the two teams traded points the rest of the way.

The Sabers rebounded to take their early advantage in the second set, but again Clinton made up the early deficit, even pulling ahead at 8-7.

Central DeWitt answered, reeling off three straight points to jump back in front 10-8.

The lead did not last: Clinton scored seven of the next eight points to flip the momentum and then surged for a 25-17 win before taking the final set as well to clinch the victory.

Junior Ava Morris spurred the Central DeWitt attack with seven kills, while Hannah Palzkill chipped in five and Elaina Schroeder and Taylor Veach four apiece.

Senior Morgan Machovec, meanwhile, assisted on 18 of the team’s 23 kills.

The Sabers piled up 68 digs as five players reached double figures in the category, led by Veach, who had a team-high 15. Grace Pierce was right behind her with 14 digs, while Talbot Kinney had 11 and Machovec and Palzkill 10 each.

Morris got her hands on three blocks, while Machovec added to her busy night by serving up an ace.