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Another challenging season ahead for the Creek Girls

2019 Clear Creek Amana varsity volleyball preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team is in for another challenging season in the WaMaC Conference, and faces a significant challenge before it even sets sail on the 2019 campaign.
One challenge: The team graduated five seniors in May; Jordan Neely, Amelia Pereira, Alexi Kimm, Shauntina Williams and Claire Schwarting. Williams sat out part of the 2018 season due to an injury, but still amassed 195 kills in 63 sets, 18 ace serves, made nine assists, 176 digs, 23 block assists and four solo blocks in the regular season to earn an All-Conference First Team spot. Neely was the Clippers’ libero and had six kills in 98 sets, 22 ace serves, 38 assists and 429 digs. She also earned WaMaC Recognition (Honorable Mention).
Another challenge: junior outside hitter Lauren Riggle is sidelined with a broken arm. Riggle made 69 kills last year and 266 digs.
Head Coach Jackie Clubb said, “Her return is vital.”
The Clippers also bring back Cheyaenne Bunch, Hailey Pollock and Calia Clubb to the starting line-up. Bunch, one of four seniors, is a setter who earned WaMaC Recognition last year with 828 assists (putting her ninth in Class 4A), 20 kills, 263 digs and 15 block assists. Pollock, a junior, is a middle blocker who produced 64 ace serves last year (putting her third in 4A) and made 56 total blocks (40 assists, 16 solo). Pollock also made 217 kills for the Creek Girls. Clubb, a sophomore outside hitter, produced 257 kills as a freshman, which put her seventh in kills in the WaMaC West. Clubb also made 11 assists, 223 digs and had 30 block assists and six solo blocks.
Returning letter winners include: seniors Grace Stewart, Anna Schwarting, and Meagan Harvey along with junior Emily Sly. Stewart is an outside hitter who played in four sets last season and made two kills, Schwarting is a defensive specialist who appeared in 14 sets and Harvey is a rightside hitter who played in two sets and made one kill for the Clippers. Harvey also had one block assist and two solo blocks.
The Clippers went 26-15 last year, making it as far as a Class 4A regional final match against Pella. The Lady Dutch defeated the Creek Girls, 3-2, and were the No. 7 team in 4A at the time, while CCA was unranked. CCA went 4-2 in WaMaC West competition, good for third in the division, behind 6-0 Independence and 5-1 Center Point-Urbana.
Coach Clubb sees Benton Community, Indee, the Stormin’ Pointers and her Clippers all battling for the top of the conference this season.
“It will be a toss-up who pulls away and wins,” she said. “We cannot afford to overlook anyone in the conference race.”
This is Clubb’s sixth season at the helm of the program and she has amassed a 119-80 record with her Creek Girls. Rachel Berkland, Jamie Stratton, Natalie Fry and Megan Miller are the program’s assistant coaches this season.
The season opens Thursday, Aug. 29, competing in a quad meet in Solon with the Lady Spartans, Stormin’ Pointers and Mount Vernon Mustangs all starting at 6 p.m.
South Tama visits the Clippers for the first home match Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The Creek Girls participate in Iowa City West High’s tournament on Saturday, Sept. 14, starting at 9 a.m., and travel to rival Liberty High on Thursday, Oct. 3.

2019 Clear Creek Amana Varsity Volleyball Schedule
Thursday, Aug. 29 Quad at Solon High School 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31 AT Grinnell High School’s tournament 9 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 5 HOME vs. South Tama 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 10 AT Benton Community 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14 AT Iowa City West High Tournament 9 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 17 HOME vs. Independence 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 24 AT Center Point-Urbana 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28 AT Dunkerton Tournament 9 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 3 AT Liberty High School 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5 AT Cedar Rapids Prairie Tournament 9 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 AT Williamsburg 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 10 HOME vs. Vinton-Shellsburg 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12 HOME Invitational Tournament 9 a.m.
Monday, Oct. 14 WaMaC Pool Play, CPU and Solon 4 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 17 WaMaC Tournament, Marion 4 p.m.