Early on, it looked like all three sets of Tuesday’s rivalry contest between the Central DeWitt and Maquoketa volleyball team, would resemble the drama filled-first set.
In both the second and third games, the two teams traded points early and seemed destined to repeat the opener, which was tied as late as 19-19 before the visiting Cardinals broke away for a 25-20 win.
Maquoketa, however, was not interested in any more drama.
Instead, the Cardinals broke things open in the middle of the second and third sets, reeling off big runs in both games to finish off a sweep with a 25-20, 25-10, 25-18 victory.
The visitors created some separation in the first set as well, pulling ahead 19-13 before the Sabers roared back with six straight points to force the late tie.
Maquoketa, though, answered Central’s run with one of its own, scoring six of the final seven points to clinch the set.
The two teams went right back to trading points early in the second set, before the Cardinals began to take over, forcing a Sabers timeout.
Maquoketa, though, was not done. It scored the next seven points after the timeout en route to its biggest victory of the night.
The third set followed a similar track. The two teams sat tied at 8-8 when the Cardinals reeled off four straight points to create some breathing room, and kept it, despite a late Sabers charge.
The Central defense did not make things easy for their rival, piling up 67 digs and 12 blocks.
Junior Talbot Kinney (19) and senior Kaity Frick (15) accounted for over half of the team’s digs.
Fellow senior Alyssa Eden had eight digs and so did sophomore Elaina Schroeder, who also paced the Sabers with five blocks.
Senior Lauren Cooper had six digs and four blocks, while Morgan Machovec matched her with six digs of her own.
Cooper capped her busy night by putting down a team-high four kills, while Carleigh Jefford and Talbot Kinney had three apiece and Kathryn Grau two.
Eden and junior Grace Pierce combined for 11 assists with the latter also serving up an ace.