TIFFIN — Three proved to be the number of the weekend for the Central DeWitt volleyball team.
Competing along with five other squads at Saturday’s Clear Creek-Amana Invitational, the Sabers won three matches — including one that went three sets — to finish third at the meet with a 3-2 mark.
Central DeWitt went the distance with Mid-Prairie. The Golden Hawks cruised in the opening set, 21-14, but the Sabers came up with their own big win, 21-15, in the second set to even things up.
After trading comfortable wins, the two teams decided to play a nail-biter in the third set, going past the usual 15-point threshold before the Sabers closed out a 14-21, 21-15, 17-15 victory.
Central DeWitt put down 24 kills in the victory, more than half coming from the duo of Ava Morris and Elaina Schroeder, who both had seven. Isabelle Pierce added five, while Taylor Veach had three and matched them with three assists. Allie Meadows, meanwhile, assisted on 16 kills.
Morris and Schroeder had big performances on defense as well, combining for 11 digs and five blocks. The Sabers had four aces: Meadows accounted for half of them, while Morris and Veach each served up one.
Central DeWitt added sweeps of Iowa Valley and Union, highlighted by a close victory over the latter squad which saw both sets decided by the minimum two points (21-19 and 22-20).
Morris and Schroeder continued their strong days, combining for 17 kills, 11 blocks and 18 digs in the two wins. Meadows dished out 12 assists and added six digs, while Veach added nine assists.
Senior Hannah Palzkill had seven kills, including four in the victory over Union, and served up three aces.
A big part of the Sabers’ success in the close win over the Knights was 12 blocks, including five from Morris, three from Schroeder and two from Lexy Cooper.
The Sabers dropped their meetings with champion North Scott and the hosting Clippers. Central DeWitt did come up with seven more blocks against the Lancers — Veach had three, Schroeder two.
Veach led a balanced Sabers attack against Clear Creek-Amana with four kills. Pierce and Morris both added three, while Schroeder and Palzkill had two. Meadows, meanwhile, assisted on 12 of the 14 kills (Veach assisted on the other two).
The Sabers wrapped up their regular season home slate on Tuesday with a visit from Bettendorf.
The two teams stayed close early — the Bulldogs won a close first set 27-25, the Sabers took the second 25-18 — but the visitors surged late, winning both the third and fourth sets by eight points to grab the victory.
The Sabers put down 43 kills with Schroeder leading the way with 14. Palzkill nearly reached double figures herself with nine, while Morris had eight and Pierce six. Meadows dished out 17 assists with Veach right behind her with 15.
Central DeWitt came up with 20 blocks, almost half of them from Morris, who had nine. Veach added five blocks, while Schroeder had three. Pierce added six digs, while Morris had five.