The New Hampton volleyball team celebrates after defeating Waverly-Shell Rock 3-2.

Chickasaws defeat Go-Hawks in five sets; win NEIC championship

Rinken leads Chickasaws to victory with 22 kills

It took all five sets, but the New Hampton volleyball team claimed the Northeast Iowa Conference title after defeating Waverly-Shell Rock - who entered the match undefeated in conference games - on Tuesday night.

New Hampton came out firing on all cylinders, as they took a commanding 9-3 lead in the first set  and cruised to a 25-14 victory.

The Go-Hawks answered by taking the second set 25-17.

The third set was back-and-forth throughout, as the Chickasaws jumped out to an 11-6 advantage, but Waverly-Shell Rock responded to claim the lead at 19-16 and went on to win the set 25-23.

The fourth set was tight until the very end, but back-to-back kills by Kiersten Tenge to end the set gave New Hampton the win at 25-21.

In the fifth set, the Go-Hawks looked poised to win the match after leading 4-1, but New Hampton answered with a rally to take the lead at 8-7. They continued to use this momentum to top Waverly-Shell Rock in this final set 15-11.

Rachel Rinken was spectacular throughout the evening for the Chickasaws, as she totaled a season-high 22 kills to go along with a pair of aces.

New Hampton concludes Northeast Iowa Conference play at 6-0 and moves to 28-2 overall for the year.

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