The Amboy Lady Clippers posted a hard-fought 25-20, 21-25, 25-21 triumph over Morrison in varsity volleyball action on Oct. 8 at the AHS gym.
AHS was led by Sydney Wilhelm with nine kills, two aces and four blocks and Hannah McCoy with eight kills, seven blocks and five digs. Other contributors were Kennedy Dinges with eight digs and two blocks, and Kaitlyn Liebing with seven digs and five kills.
Amboy claimed the sophomore match 11-25, 25-21, 15-8 and also won the freshman match 15-25, 25-15, 15-9.
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The varsity squad dropped a 25-15, 25-16 decision at Erie on Oct. 10.
Leading the attack for the Lady Clippers were Wilhelm (five kills, eight digs, three blocks), Liebing (13 digs) and Destinee Oenes (10 digs).
The sophomore match went to Amboy 21-25, 25-21, 15-9 and the freshmen were 25-20, 25-13 winners.
Amboy’s sophomores are 8-8 on the season and the freshmen are 14-3.
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The Lady Clippers’ varsity squad played in the Dixon Invite on Oct. 12 and earned third place with a record of 3-2.
During pool play Amboy beat Dixon, 20-17, 19-21 and 15-13, amassing 21 kills, led by Hannah McCoy with a match high 10 kills. She also collected five digs and three blocks. Others aiding the victory were Wilhelm with five kills and six digs, and Liebing with five digs.
Amboy then faced a talented Sterling team and fell by a 20-10, 20-5 count.
During the third match of pool play, Amboy defeated Dunlap 20-17, 20-15 to finish second in the pool behind Dixon. Hannah McCoy delivered five kills and four digs, while Wilhelm picked up four kills and Dinges served 11 straight points during the second game.
“This was our best played match of the season,” said coach Nichole Stenzel. “The team did everything well and eliminated errors.”
Amboy faced undefeated LaSalle-Peru in the quarterfinals and the Lady Cavs were 20-11, 20-7 winners. Hannah McCoy had four kills and Dinges collected five digs.
Amboy (10-13-1) came back to defeat Sterling 20-13, 20-15 in the third-place match. Leading the way for AHS were Dinges with five kills and Hannah McCoy with four kills.
“Placing third at this tournament was a very big accomplishment for the Clippers,” added Stenzel. “All of our opponents were 3A schools and we were the underdog in every match. Our players are starting to believe in themselves and play together the whole match. Our defense has greatly improved over the last two weeks, thanks to Dinges, Oenes and Liebing, and our hitters are reducing their errors (H. McCoy, Wilhelm and Micaela McCoy).”