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River Queens end the Creek Girls’ season

Clinton upsets ranked CCA 3-1 in regional semifinal volleyball

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball season ended Tuesday, Oct. 29, as the Clinton River Queens pulled off a 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16) upset in a Class 4A regional semifinal match at CCA.
The Clippers entered the contest after a first-round bye with a 23-14 record, and a No.14 ranking in Class 4A from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU). Clinton, on the other hand, was unranked with a 12-22 record.
The Queens surprised the Creek Girls with a quick 5-1 lead in the first set. But CCA rebounded and narrowed the gap to 6-4 before a Morgan Etscheidt kill made it 6-5. The set tied at 12-all, but the Queens pulled ahead for good on their way to a 25-16 win.
The Clippers scored first in the second set but their 1-0 lead disappeared quickly with a 1-1 tie, and a 4-1 deficit. Lauren Riggle, making her first appearance after being out for much of the season with an injury, put up a kill to make it a 4-6 difference. A Calia Clubb kill made it an 8-8 tie and sparked a Clipper rally which saw a 9-8 lead. The Creek Girls and Queens tied at 10-each but the Boats went on a scoring tear to build a 13-10 lead. Another Etscheidt kill made it 15-12 for CCA as the Creek Girls went on to a 25-21 win, and 1-1 match tie.
Clinton retaliated in the third set with a 9-3 lead which was stretched to a 14-3 advantage. The Clippers had scoring spurts in the set and narrowed the gap to 19-15 which made the Queens nervous enough to take a time-out. Momentum seemed to still be on CCA’s side as they continued to chip away at Clinton’s lead, narrowing the deficit to 19-17. A Cheyaenne Bunch assist to Etscheidt resulted in a kill making it 21-19 with the Queens still ahead. Two points was close as Clinton would let the Clippers get for the remainder of the set as they prevailed with a 25-21 final, and 2-1 match advantage entering the fourth set.
Again, the Queens built a comfortable lead early and denied the Creek Girls any chance at threatening for the lead rolling to a 25-16 win and the 3-1 match final.
Clubb, a sophomore and unanimous pick for the WaMaC All-Conference First Team, led the Clippers with 19 kills. Etscheidt, also a sophomore, produced a dozen in the match. Bunch, a senior and another unanimous First Team pick, made 35 assists, while All-Conference WaMaC Recognition recipients Emily Sly (junior) and Gabrielle Bedford (junior) made three kills and two block assists (Sly) and eight digs (Bedford).
The Clippers finished the season at 23-15, while the Queens improved to 13-22, advancing to the regional final on Monday, Nov. 4, to meet Western Dubuque. The Bobcats, 21-13 and No.7 in Class 4A, upset the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic, 3-1, in their regional semifinal. Wahlert was the No.7-ranked team in 4A.
The match marked the final performance from seniors Bunch, Carsyn Gallagher, Grace Stewart and Meagan Harvey.

Class 4A Regional Quarterfinal, Tues., Oct. 29– Clinton 3, Clear Creek Amana 1
Kills– Calia Clubb 19, Morgan Etscheidt 12, Lauren Riggle 4, Emily Sly 3, Cheyaenne Bunch 1, Morgan Helle 1.
Assists— Bunch 35, Carsyn Gallagher 1.
Digs— Clubb 21, Bunch 18, Gallagher 17, Riggle 14, Gabrielle Bedford 8, Etscheidt 5, Helle 2.
Block assists— Etscheidt 3, Riggle 3, Sly 2, Clubb 1, Helle 1.
Blocks solo— Sly 1.
Ace serves— Riggle 2, Clubb 1, Gallagher 1.