TIFFIN— The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers volleyball team brought a 15th- place ranking, believed to be the team’s first such appearance, home last Tuesday night for a showdown with the Vikettes from Vinton-Shellsburg. After four hard-fought games, the Clippers vanquished the Vikettes 3-1.
Brian Bronzynski’s crew has won five of their last seven matches, putting up wins over Williamsburg (WaMaC), Hudson, Alburnett, Monticello (Lisbon tournament), as well as the Vikettes. The wins brought the Clippers to a 15-7-0 record.
The Clippers found themselves looking at a 9-4 deficit in the first game, readjusted during a time-out, but still trailed 13-7. A Tara Walls kill narrowed the gap and started a drive, which found the ladies in blue tying at 13-all, then taking a 15-13 lead. CCA held on for 25-21 win.
Game two again found the home team down early, 7-2. Hannah Stokes and Tara Walls put up back-to-back kills, which again started the comeback and led to a 7-7 tie. A Maliah Fligg point tied the game again at 8-all. The back-and-forth came to an end as the Vikettes pulled ahead 18-14 and never trailed again on their way to a 25-20 win.
The Clippers led from the start in game three, scoring off a Vinton-Shellsburg net serve and a block involving the 2011 Homecoming Queen, Laura Neuzil. CCA ran up a 10-2 lead, extended it to 15-5, then 16-6 on a Fligg kill. The Clippers continued to dominate, taking the game 25-16.
The finale was another back-and-forth affair punctuated with kills by Grace Chabal, Neuzil and Kalkhoff, leading to a 10-6 lead. Following a Vinton time-out, Kalkhoff struck again. The Clippers watched a 12-7 lead evaporate as the Vikettes put five unanswered points on the board and tied. CCA pulled back ahead 20-15, and a Fligg kill made it 23-17. Once again, the Vikettes put up five points in a row, narrowing the Clipper lead to one point. Another Fligg point made it 24-22 and CCA held on for the 25-22 win to take the night.
Fligg led the Clipper attack with a team-high 14 kills, while Neuzil and Kalkhoff had nine each. Walls put up eight, Hannah Stokes had four, Chabal had one as did Michelle Lutz. Kate Hergert made 27 assists, Fligg had 15. Lutz, as the Libero, made 20 digs, Kalkhoff had 14, and Liz Hergert came up with 8. Neuzil had five solo blocks, Kalkhoff made four, while Fligg and Stokes had two each. Kate Hergert was perfect in serves with 18-18.
Unfortunately for Clipper nation, the squad dropped out of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Class 3A rankings as of the Sept. 22 edition. Marion also dropped out, while Fairfield (15-1) and Carroll (12-4) debuted.