Claire Schuette block

(NCE PHOTO/GREGORY MYERS)

South Newton senior Claire Schuette goes up for a block in the Lady Rebels’ win over Covenant Christian.

South Newton opened up the volleyball season with impressive wins over Twin Lakes and Covenant Christian (DeMotte) while not dropping a single set.

The Lady Rebels cruised to a 25-14, 25-10, 25-16 win over Covenant Christian Aug. 16, and defeated Twin Lakes 25-21, 25-19, and 26-24.

Against Covenant Christian, numerous serving errors (nine for the match) kept the scores closer especially in the opening set.

The Lady Rebels led just 13-10 before taking complete control with an 11-2 scoring run to coast to a 25-14 win.

A balanced hitting attack paced South Newton in the opening set as Maddie Whaley led the way with four kills, Leah Schriner had three, and Samantha Warren and Malyah Embery each had two.

The second set was all South Newton as the Lady Rebels never trailed and rolled to a 25-10 win. With the scored tied up 4-4, South Newton rallied for a 10-1 scoring spurt to grab the momentum for the win.

Whaley again led the South Newton offensive attack with four kills in the set.

The third set was the closest of the match, as the Lady Rebels led only 15-13 before an 8-1 scoring outburst allowed South Newton to pull away. Whaley had six kills in the third set to finish with a game-high 14 kills.

Schriner added 13 kills in the win, while Warren had three. Defensive specialist Elizabeth Garing led the team with 12 digs, and Kim Hall paced the squad with 16 assists, while Schriner added 11.

“I can’t complain about being 2-0, but all of our serving errors did kill our momentum at times,” said South Newton coach Laura Robbins. “We are talented enough to overcome some of these errors against most teams, but our execution has to be better when we play some of the elite teams. We did well when there were rallies, we just need to cut back on the errors.”

On Aug. 14, South Newton opened up with a thrilling three-set victory over Twin Lakes 25-21, 25-19, and 26-24.

Whaley and Schriner combined for 26 kills in the win with 14 and 12 respectively, while Warren and Claire Schuette each had four.

Garing led the team with 12 digs, while Whaley added 10. Hall finished with 17 assists and Schriner added 10 to lead South Newton’s ball handling.