TIFFIN– What a difference a year makes.
Last year, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers traveled to Mount Vernon to face the then-number one ranked Lady Mustangs, and were defeated three games to none.
This year, the Class 2A Mustangs brought a number 11 ranking from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and a 5-3 record to Tiffin. The visitors were minus at least five players in the 6 ft. tall range from last year, due to graduation. The Clippers, un-ranked in Class 3A, met them on the court with a 6-3 record. One year and three games later, it was CCA with the win.
The Clippers kept within a point of Mount Vernon in game one, tied at nine each, and then never looked back as they took and kept the lead for a 25-18 finish.
Game two found the Clippers with three points on the board before Mount Vernon would score. CCA never gave up the lead and settled the session, 25-15.
Mount Vernon put up the first two points of game three and built up a 10-5 lead, prompting CCA Coach Brian Bronzynski to call his first and only time-out of the night. Steadily, the Clippers added points and recovered to a 14-12 deficit and a Mount Vernon timeout. CCA scored almost immediately after play resumed, tied at 15-all, and took a 16-15 lead. The Clippers would sail on to a 25-23 finish.
Grace Chabal led in kills with a team-high eight; Laura Neuzil made seven, while Maliah Fligg and Amy Kalkhoff had five each. Michelle Lutz posted one for the night. Fligg had 17 assists, 16 for Kate Hergert. Lutz, the Libero, led in digs with 23, Liz Hergert had ten while Kate Hergert came up with eight. Fligg had five block assists and one solo, Kalkhoff put up three block assists, and Neuzil had six solo blocks.
Kate Hergert, Liz Hergert, Lutz and Neuzil were perfect in serving; with 12 for Kate Hergert, nine for Liz, Lutz made a lucky 13 and Neuzil had 12.
The Clippers travel to Lisbon on Sept. 17 for a tournament, and are back on the home court Sept. 20 against Vinton-Shellsburg.