Denison-Schleswig split with Clarinda and Kuemper Catholic in a Hawkeye 10 Conference volleyball triangular on Tuesday night at Denison.
D-S took on Clarinda in match one and came away with a 25-15, 16-25, 25-15, 25-20 victory.
Class 3A eighth-ranked Kuemper Catholic then swept Clarinda in match two.
In the final match, Kuemper Catholic knocked off D-S in three straight games, winning 25-17, 25-19, 25-10.
The sweep for Kuemper Catholic handed Lady Knight head coach Keith Stickrod career wins No. 299 and 300.
Kuemper, the defending state champion in Class 3A, improved to 3-0 in the H-10 and 8-1 overall in matches with the sweep.
The split for D-S left McKenzie Mich’s Monarch club at 2-2 in Hawkeye 10 play, 8-6 overall in matches and 20-17 in games played on the year.
Ellie Magnuson led all D-S servers against Clarinda by going 20-of-23 with three aces.
Kennedy Marten was 14-of-14 with one ace in the match. Sophie Sonnichsen was 14-of-15 with one ace. Allana Arkfeld also was 14-of-15.
Hannah Neemann finished 13-of-15 and Payton Goslar was 9-of-9 with two aces.
Arkfeld paced D-S at the net with 12 kills.
Neemann added six kills, while Sonnichsen and Magnuson each had three kills.
Marten achieved a team-high 26 assists.
Magnuson led in digs with 14. Goslar added 13 and Sonnichsen was next with 10.
Arkfeld had four block assists. Neemann and Marten each had three block assists and Kira Langenfeld had two.
"Clarinda was a tough matchup. They were a very competitive team that didn’t quit. The Lihs (Madison) girl put pressure on our defense all night and we had to find a way to respond," commented Mich.
"Clarinda was very good at getting our serve receive out of system, but I thought our girls regained their focus after the second match."
"As with any triangular or tournament, it was nice to get a win in your first match," Mich remarked.
Against Kuemper Catholic, Arkfeld went 9-of-9 at the service line with one ace. Magnuson and Sonnichsen both went 8-of-9.
Neemann paced D-S with five kills. Arkfeld tallied four and Magnuson had two.
Marten led her team with 11 assists.
Magnuson collected eight digs. Goslar contributed six digs, while Sonnichsen and Neemann each had two.
Arkfeld again led in blocks with five assists, while Neemann and Sonnichsen each had three block assists.
"I thought we were competitive in sets one and two against Kuemper," Mich said.
"The girls were relaxed and knew we were up against a really good team. In set three, we played more tense knowing we had to get a win and that showed."
"Arkfeld led us at the net again and had a great night. I think she is doing a great job stepping into that senior role and leading us at the net," Mich stated.