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Sterling tops UT; Rockets fall in Princeton

Road Warriors win

The Sterling Golden Warriors opened their season in style Thursday, traveling to the Quad Cities and rolling to a 25-12, 25-13 victory over United Township.

Kiarra Harris had eight kills, four blocks and two aces as the hard-hitting Warriors easily handled
the lighter-hitting

Gabby Sandoval added five kills and Kaylee Martin had four as Sterling (1-0) overpowered the Panthers. Jordyn Koett set for 10 assists and Megan Loos led the defense with three digs.

Princeton def. Rock Falls 25-14, 25-20: The Rockets opened their season with a nonconference loss on the road.

Paige Reynolds had seven kills, Bailey O’Brien spiked five more, and Chelsi Blair dished out nine assists for Rock Falls (0-1).

Prophetstown def. Amboy 24-26, 30-28, 25-15: Clare Kramer had six kills and five aces, and the Prophets won a hotly-contested season opener at home.

Karlie Stafford added five kills, and Claire Milnes stuffed 3.5 blocks for Prophetstown (1-0, 1-0 Three Rivers North). Katlyn Shirley had six digs.

Hannah McCoy led the Clippers (0-1, 0-1) with six kills, and Sydney Wilhelm spiked five. Danielle Corcoran had five digs, and Elizabeth Ortgiesen served three aces.

Fulton def. Morrison 25-17, 26-24: Betsy Leonard had seven kills and three blocks, and Olivia Edfors set for 11 assists and served for nine points to led the Steamers to a Three Rivers North victory at home over the rival Fillies.

Rachael Beiermann added eight assists, four kills and four digs for Fulton (1-0, 1-0), and Averi Letizen led the defense with seven digs.

Lakin Goodman and Payton Kennedy led Morrison with five kills each; Goodman added three blocks, and Kennedy had four digs. Liz Green finished with six assists, six digs and two kills.

Milledgeville def. Scales Mound 27-25, 25-22: Emily Geison had eight kills and nine digs, Kayleigh Leddy added five kills and two blocks, and the Missiles opened the season with a victory on the road.

Deidre Ewers also had five kills for Milledgeville, while Haley McAuliffe dished out 15 assists and served four aces and recorded nine digs. Kailee Forbes chipped in 10 digs and six assists, and Taylor Grenoble added seven digs.

Pearl City def. Polo 25-9, 25-6: Madison Wright’s eight kills and five blocks led the Wolves past the Marcos in an NUIC crossover match in Pearl City.

Thursday’s stars

Kiarra Harris, Sterling, 8 kills, 4 blocks, 2 aces

Emily Geison, Milledgeville, 8 kills, 9 digs

Betsy Leonard, Fulton, 7 kills, 3 blocks

Clare Kramer, Prophetstown, 6 kills, 5 aces

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