The Oregon Hawks took the middle set but dropped a battle of Big Northern West unbeatens, falling 25-19, 15-25, 25-21 to Mendota at Blackhawk Center.
Mendota improved to 10-5 and 3-0, while Oregon slipped to 11-4-1 and 2-1.
LaSalle-Peru def. Sterling 18-25, 25-21, 25-18: The Golden Warriors lost their NIB-12 West opener on the road, despite 12 kills and seven digs fron Kaylee Martin and nine kills and two blocks from Kiarra Harris.
Taylor Hendrix added four kills, two blocks and an ace, with Darien Bardoner chipping in 15 assists and 12 digs. Gabby Sandoval had 10 digs, and Jordan Koett set 11 assists for Sterling (12-2, 0-1).
Erie def. Amboy 25-22, 25-6: Peyton Rus and Rachel Cobert both notched eight kills in a Three Rivers road victory.
Madeline Ely had seven assists and two aces for Amboy (3-6-1, 0-4 Three Rivers), which also got seven digs and two kills from Micaela McCoy.
Mary Chapman had 15 assists and three aces for Erie (13-4-1, 3-0).
Newman def. Morrison 25-11, 26-24: Kayci Howell served up 14 service points – including two aces – and had nine assists in a Three Rivers home victory for the Comets.
Aubree Schmitt added eight kills for Newman (7-4, 3-0), which also got five kills, a block and an ace – one of 11 service points – from Megan Rosengren.
Adrienne Banks and Brooke Stralow led the Fillies with three kills apiece, while Liz Green added six digs and five assists. Chelsea Eads had five digs.
Bureau Valley def. Fulton 25-17, 25-20: Sydney Lebahn had nine assists, and Carlie Bickett stuffed four blocks to help the Storm to a Three Rivers victory in Manlius.
Four Storm players had multiple kills, and Valerie Reuter had five digs.
Chelsea Lesniewski had 11 kills, Rachael Beiermann had 14 assists, and Marla Stoecker had 12 digs for Fulton (1-5, 1-4).
Prophetstown def. Riverdale 25-23, 25-20: Three Prophets had at least five kills in a Three Rivers win at home.
Claire Milnes had seven kills and a block, Clare Kramer had six kills and four aces, and Karlie Stafford had five kills and five digs for Prophetstown (3-4, 2-1 Three Rivers).
Eastland def. West Carroll 25-15, 25-19: Cassidy Logemann had eight kills, helping the Cougars to an NUIC East win at home.
Bubby Doubler added 11 digs for Eastland (5-4, 1-2), which also got 11 assists from Heather Larak.
Faith Christian def. Quad City Christian 25-14, 25-15: Tressa Schuler had 13 digs, six kills and four aces as the Falcons won in East Moline.
Also for Faith Christian (13-1), Sarah Smith had nine kills, six digs and three blocks, while Annabeth Rozanas added six set assists, five kills, five digs and three aces.
Kishwaukee def. Sauk 15-25, 25-21, 20-25, 29-27, 15-9: The Skyhawks took a 2-1 lead on the perennial power Kougars, but couldn’t close out an Arrowhead win in Malta.
Kalli Scheppers had 17 kills, while Alyssa Workman and Kristyn Kasner had 13 kills each for Sauk (9-10, 1-3).
Kayla Kurz spiked 10 kills, Morgan Mammosser recorded 16 digs, and Karly Koch chipped in 49 assists and 10 digs.
Kayci Howell, Newman, 14 service points, 9 assists, 2 aces
Kaylee Martin, Sterling, 12 kills, 7 digs
Chelsea Lesniewski, Fulton, 12 kills
Sarah Smith, Faith Christian, 9 kills, 6 digs, 3 blocks
Peyton Rus & Rachel Cobert, Erie, 8 kills apiece
Clare Kramer, Prophetstown, 6 kills, 4 aces