The Newman volleyball team picked up a Three Rivers East win on the road in a battle of league unbeatens Thursday evening, defeating Princeton 25-23, 25-20.
The Comets (13-2, 6-0) trailed 16-10 in the first set, then reeled off seven straight points to turn an 18-15 deficit into a 22-18 lead. Newman then had leads of 13-5, 16-6 and 18-8 in the second set before Princeton got within 22-18, but the Comets closed it out.
“We were looking forward to this match. We know it’s always going to be a battle,” Newman coach Debbi Kelly said. “They came out of the gates much stronger than we did. It took us awhile to get off our heels and really get playing. We were able to get that momentum changed, stuck to our game plan, made some adjustments I thought worked well, and had some role players kind of step up and get some touches on balls, come in and play defense and rip off some serves and got us going.”
Jessalin Johns had eight kills, a block and eight digs, and Ally Clevenger and Kennedy Rowzee both added seven kills and a block for Newman (13-2, 6-0), with Clevenger also recording nine digs and two aces. Paige Grennan led the way with 13 digs, Addison Foster served three aces, Shae McNeill dished eight assists, and Katie Grennan added seven assists.
Madison Richards had eight kills, Maya Gartin spiked seven kills, and McKenzie Hecht added six kills for the Tigresses (11-2, 6-1). Katie Bates led Princeton with 21 assists, 12 digs and 12 points, Taylor Wetsel had 10 digs, and Abby Peterson chipped in eight digs.
Stillman Valley def. Dixon 20-25, 25-14, 25-20: The Duchesses dropped a Big Northern match on the road after winning the first set.
Mallory Coley had seven kills, 15 digs and two blocks for Dixon, while Ella Govig had four kills and five blocks, and Olivia Cox added three kills and seven blocks. Holli Miller and Hanna Lengquist both dished nine assists, and Elena Castillo-Wetzell and Natalie Davidson each had 16 digs.
Oregon def. West Carroll 20-25, 26-24, 25-19: The Hawks outlasted the Thunder in a nonconference match at the Blackhawk Center.
Ava Wight had 15 digs, seven kills and three aces, and Jenae Bothe led Oregon (4-7) with nine kills and two blocks. Cass Aylward added 10 digs and four aces, and Sophie Stender chipped in 19 digs.
Eastland def. Milledgeville 25-20, 25-10: After a close first set, the Cougars cruised in the second to beat the Missiles.
Addie Burkholder had 10 kills, two aces and 12 digs for Eastland. Quinc Haverland had five kills and a block, Chloe Sweitzer had three aces and 11 digs, Kaydence Coulthard had 10 digs, and Jenica Stoner had 22 assists.
The Missiles got four kills and five digs from Marissa Sturrup. Alyssa Mertz added seven assists and 10 digs, and Rylee Matthews and Emma Foster each had eight digs.
Fulton def. Polo 25-9, 20-25, 25-23: The Steamers pulled out an NUIC win in a tight final set over the Marcos.
Kara Stoecker had 10 kills and a block for Fulton, while Annaka Hackett added eight kills. Brooklyn Brennan dished 18 assists and served three aces, Jersey Boysen had 15 assists, and Teegan Germann chipped in 19 digs. Mikayla Gazo had nine digs, Reese Dykstra finished with five kills, four aces and three digs, Lauren Mahoney had eight digs and two aces, and Ava Bowen added five kills, three digs and two aces.
Nicole Boelens led Polo with 13 kills, 17 digs and two aces. Teah Almasy added eight assists and eight digs, and Natalie Nelson had six assists, eight digs and two aces.
Forreston def. AFC 25-11, 25-14: The Cardinals picked up an NUIC win over the Raiders.
Forreston’s Rylee Broshous had seven kills, while Mary Salins had 10 assists and six aces, and Kara Erdmann had 10 digs.
Riverdale def. Erie-Prophetsown 25-23, 25-19: The Panthers lost a Three Rivers West match at home.
Kennedy Buck had eight kills, seven assists and seven digs for E-P, while Emma Davis led the way with 16 digs. Jaiden Oleson dished six assists and served an ace, and Sarii Kochevar spiked three kills.
Rockridge def. Morrison 25-15, 25-8: The Fillies fell in straight sets in a Three Rivers West matchup.
Kierney McDonald and Chloe Strachan each had five kills to lead the Rockets.
Rock Falls 175, Oregon 192: In a Big Northern matchup at Silver Ridge, the Rockets got past the Hawks.
Megan Fiorini led Rock Falls (23-0) with a 2-under-par 34 to take medalist honors. Taylor Brown and Ellie Wasson each shot a 46, and Lauren Tupper added a 49.
For the Hawks, Ava Hackman shot a 44. Cassie Nyderek and Lena Trampel each shot a 47.
Last Saturday, the Rockets notched their second tournament win of the season, claiming the Large Division title at the Stillman Valley Invite at PrairieView.
Fiorini shot a 73 to finish second, two shots behind Rockford Guilford’s Kayla Sayyalinh. Wasson tied for fifth with an 89, while Brown tied for 13th (97) and Brooke Danreiter tied for 25th (107).
Sterling competes in Princeton: Playing without Maddie Pink, the Golden Warriors couldn’t field a full team in a four-team meet.
Libbi Kendrick shot a 50, Jozlyn Johnson fired a 56, and Makayla Wolfe added a 70 for Sterling.
Lena-Winslow 197, Polo 250: The Marcos fell at Wolf Hollow.
Kamryn Stockton led Polo with a 52. Sarah Edler was the medalist with a 38.
Oregon 208, Rock Falls 215: The Hawks edged the Rockets in a Big Northern dual at Silver Ridge.
Rock Falls’ Riley Anderson was medalist with a 47. Isaac Kaltenbrun led Oregon with a 48.
Amboy 178, Eastland 186: In a tightly-contested NUIC match at Lake Carroll, the Clippers beat the Cougars by 10 strokes.
Amboy’s Wes Wilson was the medalist with a 40, and teammate Jackson Rogers tied for runner-up with a 42. Amboy also got a 47 from Hayden Wittenauer and a 49 from Luke Corcoran.
Eastland got a 42 from co-runner-up Andy Anderson, a 44 from Carson Heckman, a 48 from Keagan Strauch, and a 52 from Gabe York.
Fulton 189, Pecatonica 207: Ian Wiebenga was medalist with a 40 to lead the Steamers to victory in a three-team meet at Park Hills in Freeport.
Landon Meyers and Reed Owen added 49s for Fulton.
Host Aquin did not field a full team, but was led by runner-up Lane Pierson’s 41.
Lena-Winslow 205, Polo 251: The Marcos fell to Le-Win at Wolf Hollow.
Cody Buskohl and Clay Davis both shot a 48 to lead the Marcos.
Mikhail Hussain and Conor DeZell both shot a 44 for Lena-Winslow.
Sterling 7, Princeton 0: Fabricio Peña scored a hat trick to lead the Golden Warriors in a rout on the road.
John Cid had two goals and three assists, while Adrian Gallardo and Daniel Bermudez also scored goals. Dylan Gutierrez, Beckham Marquez, Oscar Grande and Luis Ibarra Rodriguez all dished assists for Sterling (6-3-2).
Rockford Christian 5, Oregon 2: The Hawks dropped a Big Northern Conference match at Oregon Park West, despite 15 saves by goalkeeper Miley Smith.
Isaac Nelson and Joey Gelander scored goals for Oregon (5-8, 1-4), and Liam Dickson-Harriett dished an assist.
Dixon 4, United Township 1: The Duchesses swept the doubles matches in notching their third win of the week, downing the Panthers in a nonconference match that was originally scheduled to be played in East Moline but was moved to the Emma Hubbs Tennis Courts in Page Park.
Leah Kuehl and Grace Ferguson won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, Addison Arjes and Kyarra McGlown won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2, and Leah Stees and Rylee Pfoutz won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles.
Chloe Coil added a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles for Dixon (8-6).
Girls cross country
DeKalb 26, Oregon 55, Rochelle 55: Hawks freshman Ella Dannhorn won the individual title at the Rochelle Invite, clocking a 21:40.3 to beat runner-up Annika Burchell of DeKalb by 0.8 seconds.
Katelyn Bowers finished 13th for Oregon in 27:41.4, and Ellen Hodson was 15th in 28:27.9. Valerie Nyderek (21st), Grace Tomlinson (22nd), Taylar Rufer (23rd), Valerie Davis (24th) and Simona Carriera (27th) also finished in the top 30 for the Hawks.
Boys cross country
Oregon 5th in Rochelle: The Hawks scored 131 points to place fifth at the Rochelle Invite, which was won by DeKalb (20 points).
Christopher Smith led Oregon in 30th place (24:17.9), and Nicholas Meives-Wylie was 37th (26:26.0). Isaac Brooks, Aidan Guida and Bryan Immel finished 40-41-42 for the Hawks.
Andrew Butt of Camanche (Iowa) won the race in 18:43.5.