TRIPOLI - Different year, same routine.
Four-time defending state champion and third-ranked (Class 1A) Tripoli continued its drive for five here last night at the expense of Northeast Hamilton in Iowa Star Conference action.
The Trojets only offered up 20 serves - never a good sign - and were simply overpowered by the Panthers, 25-3, 25-6, 25-9.
"They never cease to amaze me," NEH head coach Kacey Pruismann said of the Panthers. "They just seem to get better and better every year, and we probably could've given them a better match, but we came out looking kind of scared."
NEH (8-16, 4-4 ISC) collected just five kills in the quick outing. Andi Anderson led the way with two, and she also had the team's only service ace.
"We just didn't attack enough," Pruismann said. "When we did things happened, but we were a bit nervous out there."
Kills - NEH: Molly Greenfield 1, Jennifer Jeffers 1, Taylor Olson 1, Andi Anderson 2.
Blocks - NEH: Greenfield 1, Anderson 1.
Digs - NEH: Greenfield 3, Sarah Elm 4, Jeffers 2, Kaylee Massman 1, Olson 1, Anderson 5.
Assists - NEH: Elm 4, Massman 1.
Serving - NEH: Greenfield 4-4; Elm 3-4; Jeffers 1-3; Massman 3-3; Jaidyn Timm 2-2; Anderson 4-4, 1 ace.
Anderson also had five digs, Sarah Elm finished with four and Molly Greenfield came up with two.
Tripoli (19-3, 7-0 ISC) will likely win yet another conference championship as well. The Panthers rolled to a 3-0 victory over fourth-ranked (1A) Janesville last Thursday.
Speaking of Janesville, that's where NEH will head on Tuesday for a bout with the Wildcats.