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Duchesses fall at home

BV beats Bruins; Erie outlasts Fillies; Polo tops AFC

The Dixon volleyball team played a pair of close sets at Lancaster Gym on Thursday, but ultimately fell to Big Northern foe Rockford Lutheran 25-17, 25-23.

Maddy Melvin had three kills, seven assists and two blocks. Brenna Melvin had five kills and five blocks, and Zoe Carr and Sarah Stegbauer each had five blocks as well. Emma Carlson had 19 digs and two aces.

Oregon def North Boone 25-14, 25-11: The Hawks cruised to a Big Northern road win in Poplar Grove.

Bureau Valley def. St. Bede 16-25, 25-22, 25-21: The Storm remained unbeaten in Three Rivers East play after rallying to beat the Bruins in Peru.

Christen Hurley had 10 kills and two aces, while Cassidy Olds had eight digs and six kills. Nicole Wirth had 16 assists, Marissa Endress had nine digs and an ace, and Emily Fordham had a block, two kills and three assists.

Erie def. Morrison 25-21, 23-25, 25-22: The Cardinals used a balanced attack and solid defense to hold off the Fillies in a TRAC West tilt in Morrison.

Jenna Saad had 22 assists and 13 digs, and Skylar Steimle finished with 11 digs, a team-high nine kills and two aces. Sophia Sullivan had 13 digs, seven kills and three aces, while Hannah Schanze had four kills and three blocks for Erie.

Emily Szabo had 12 digs, eight kills and two blocks, while Grace Steines and Kaylee Shetler finished with seven kills apiece. Madison Steines had 22 of Morrison’s 78 digs, while MacKenzie Petkus added 15 digs and 10 assists, Ally Noble had 11 assists and 11 digs, and Kate Vos had 12 digs.

Polo def. AFC 25-20, 25-19: The Marcos picked up their first conference win of the season at home in straight sets against the Raiders.

Rilley Peterson had a match-high 11 kills. Lexi Cox dished out 10 assists, while Mallory Peterson handed out nine. Becca Wagner and Cassie Bushman finished with four kills apiece for Polo.

Jaynee Prestegaard had three kills and two blocks for AFC. Emily Shrimplin had five assists, and Sammy Smith had a pair of kills and aces.

Faith Christian def. Morningstar 25-17, 25-7, 25-23: Michal Schuler spiked 31 kills and had 21 digs as the Falcons won in straight sets in Grand Detour.

Meghan Van Buren dished 26 assists and served four aces, and Naomi Barrett added eight kills, four aces and two stuff blocks for Faith (12-1).

Tennis

Dixon 5, United Township 0: The Duchesses dropped just two games in singles play, then swept the doubles matches for a win at home.

Alane Bratt won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, and Riley Bally added a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2. The closest match came at No. 1 doubles, where Dixon’s Allison Bay and Alexis Sneek spilt the first two sets before cruising to a 10-2 win in the tiebreaker.

Sterling 5, Rochelle 0: The Golden Warriors lost just one game in singles play in a NIB-12 West road win.

Katelyn Grell won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, while Abby Aitken won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2. Sami Spaulding and Lauren Humphreys also won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 doubles.

Swimming

DeKalb-Sycamore 111, Sterling 71: Kerry Mullen took first in both sprint freestyle races and was a part of the the first-place 200 freestyle relay team, but the Golden Warriors fell at the Duis Center.

Mullen won the 50 free in 26.05, and the 100 free in 57.84. She teamed with Sarah Page, Lauren Moeller and Sami Royer to win the 200 free relay in 1:48.33.

Zaina Rumbolz won the diving event with a six-dive score of 203.15.

Cross country

Clippers 3rd at Rochelle: Margaret Vaessen, Cassidy Corcoran, Kelynn Boyle and Kaitlyn Ortgiesen finished all in a row as Amboy-LaMoille took third at the Rochelle European Invitational at Skare Park.

Vaessen led the way with a time of 23:51, good for 10th place. Corcoran was 11th in 24:04, Boyle finished 12th in 24:22, and Ortgiesen was 13th in 24:38.

Macy Mershon’s time of 25:26 was good for 16th place.

Competitors had to jump over hay bales, cross the Kyte River, and climb up steep, muddy banks in the European-style race.

Thursday’s stars

Michal Schuler, Faith volleyball, 31 kills, 21 digs

Rilley Peterson, Polo volleyball, 11 kills

Christen Hurley, BV volleyball, 10 kills, 2 aces

Skylar Steimle, Erie volleyball, 11 digs, 9 kills, 2 aces

Emily Szabo, Morrison volleyball, 12 digs, 8 kills, 2 blocks

Alane Bratt, Dixon tennis, 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles

Katelyn Grell, Sterling tennis, 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles

Kerry Mullen, Sterling swimming, 2 individual wins, relay win

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