For one final time this season the floor belonged to Kuemper Catholic.
Although the Knights won’t be able to call themselves the Hawkeye 10 Conference Champions this year (Red Oak and Glenwood are tied at the top of the conference with identical 9-1 records this year), Kuemper wrapped up their Hawkeye 10 Conference portion of the season on Monday night with their seventh conference win of the season.
The 3-0 victory over Creston was quick, and it could give a glimpse of what the Knights are capable of as they prepare for the postseason.
Kuemper came out wanting to hit the ball in the first set against the Panthers. Hit the ball is exactly what they were able to do as they worked their way to a quick, and almost easy-looking 25-10 win.
Creston would start to show more fight in the second set, keeping the set close through the first few points. Eventually the Creston defensive unit wasn’t able to continue to stop the Knight attack, as Kuemper went on to gain their second-straight set win, 25-14.
The Knights stood just 25 points away from the sweep, but Creston was willing to fight back.
Throughout the third set both teams were able to trade points, and the lead, at times, but Kuemper always seemed to keep the momentum and the advantage as well.
It turns out the Knights would need that momentum towards the end of the set as Creston closed in on Kuemper’s lead. Kuemper fought off Creston and won the third set 25-23 to take the sweep and their seventh conference victory of the year.
The win gives Kuemper five straight victories as their regular season starts to wind down.
Over the weekend Kuemper played at the Roland-Story tournament where the Knights went 3-0. They beat Independence 2-1. In a match against South Hardin they won 2-0. Against Roland-Story Kuemper came out on top with a 2-1 victory.
Kuemper played in a triangular on Thursday night against Ankeny Centennial who was ranked as the No. 7 team in class 5A prior to the match. They also played against Sergeant Bluff-Luton, the No. 2 ranked team in class 4A. Results from those matches were not available at press time.