CLARKSVILLE - Always playing catch-up, the Northeast Hamilton volleyball team was unable to rally enough to win a third straight Iowa Star Conference match here last night.
Clarksville jumped to leads in each set and did enough to close out the Trojets in four sets, 25-19, 25-14, 25-27, 25-19.
"We just started off really flat offensively and it felt like we were trying to fight back all night," NEH head coach Kacey Pruismann said. "If you put us against each other 10 times we'd probably split the whole time, but we just couldn't find the seams well enough or hit the ball hard enough to where they struggled defensively."
Clarksville (4-9-1, 2-2 ISC) utilized just one blocker up front and sent five players to the back row, and that approach worked against the Trojets.
"Their defense frustrated our girls," Pruismann said. "I think if we played them again we could figure out their defense though."
Freshman Andi Anderson blasted 14 kills in a losing effort. Kaylee Massman delivered eight and Sarah Elm had six.
Kills - NEH: Molly Greenfield 3, Sarah Elm 6, Jennifer Jeffers 5, Kaylee Massman 8, Andi Anderson 14, Taylor Olson 2.
Blocks - NEH: Greenfield 1, Jeffers 1, Massman 1, Anderson 2.
Digs - NEH: Greenfield 17, Elm 8, Jeffers 23, Massman 6, Olson 1, Jaidyn Timm 12, Anderson 9.
Assists - NEH: Greenfield 9, Elm 17.
Serving - NEH: Greenfield 12-12, 3 aces; Elm 21-21, 1 ace; Jeffers 12-14; Massman 15-17, 1 ace; Timm 6-8; Anderson 12-12, 2 aces.
Elm also distributed 17 assists, while Molly Greenfield had 17 digs and nine assists. Jennifer Jeffers collected a team-high 23 digs.
NEH (5-12, 2-2 ISC) had seven service aces, led by Greenfield with three.
The Trojets will be at home on Thursday to take on CAL.