"Anything you can do I can do better, I can do anything better than you."

Those Irving Berlin lyrics fit West Burlington High School volleyball teammates Iliyah Moore and Sydney Marlow.

Marlow, a freshman, has pushed Moore, a junior, to greater heights this season. Moore, in turn, has taken Marlow's challenged and made the freshman play at a maturity level well beyond her years.

The results speak for themselves on the court.

Moore and Marlow took turns putting away kill after kill, and the rest of the Falcons did exactly what they were supposed to do, helping West Burlington to a 25-14, 25-22, 25-22 sweep of crosstown rival Notre Dame in an SEI Superconference South Division match on Thursday at West Burlington High School.

Moore and Marlow tied with 14 kills apiece, keeping the Nikes at bay and keeping the West Burlington volleyball team rolling.

"Iliyah Moore definitely teaches me a lot. She's definitely taught me to hit the ball harder. She pushes me the most on the team. She makes me want to become better," said Marlow, who leads the team in kills with 118, eight more than Moore. "It's a big thing for me. Nothing too big, though. We just want to be good as a team. The attention is on the team, not on me."

"I think Iliyah and Sydney have a friendly competition going each game to see who can get the most kills. They support each other. They are great friends and teammates, but they also have that competitive spirit. They want to outkill each other each night. We love that. We welcome it," said West Burlington coach Corina Shipp, who returned to the bench this year after a four-year hiatus. 

"We knew where their hitters hit. Iliyah goes corner to corner. She just goes right to the sideline. That's tough to defend. Marlow is all over the floor. She can kill from the back row. They are tough, tough hitters," said Notre Dame coach Nita Carlson, who team lost to the Falcons in two games Saturday at the Nike Invitational. "Their hitters combined probably had five hitting errors. That makes a difference."

West Burlington (9-4 overall, 3-2 South Division) got out of the gate fast in the opening game, thanks to a pair of aces on float serves by Michenna Hunt. Hunt would go 7 for 8 with six aces from the service line.

"They did that exact same short serve all day Saturday during my tournament. We knew that was going to happen. They burned us twice and then we got used to it," Carlson said.

The Falcons led by as many as 11 points on two occasions before closing out the opening game on a spike by freshman Alyssa Dameron.

Notre Dame (7-14, 1-3) made the Falcons work for everything they got in the last two games, but the Nikes simply made too many errors at critical points and the Falcons just had too much firepower.

"We battled. It came down to they have a lot of firepower. They don't hold back. Everybody hits. Everybody hits hard. They see the floor. I was playing defense, but they are all over the floor playing defense," Carlson said. "We didn't die. I was proud of them. But it seemed like we made some errors at key times. That's a team you have to play errorless ball against and we didn't."

With Moore and Marlow pounding down kills off sets from Bailey Jennings and the Falcons' defense digging up nearly everything the Nikes threw at them, the Falcons pull out the last two games down the stretch.

"I'm just amazed. They are really the glue that holds this team together. Sydney's big hits are a big part of it, but the way that they both play defense and pass the ball and serve receive. It controls the whole tempo of the game," Shipp said. "Alyssa Dameron passes pretty much perfect every time on serve receive. I think she's maybe got aced two or three times the whole season. Just to watch her and Sydney's fundamentals and just the drive they have for the game and the way that carries over. And the other two freshmen I put out there on defense — Kadence Johnson and Riley Cline — they bring that same intensity and fundamentals, too. It's so exciting to watch them and how the upperclassmen have fed off of that and they are being motivated by them."

Riley Brueck led Notre Dame with seven kills, while Anna Marino and Rylie Todd each had six. Claire Hackenmiller put up 19 assists for the Nikes. Abby Crowned had 17 digs.

"We're improving. There's a lot of season to go yet. We're surprising some people. We just have to keep working and keep plugging away. They were disappointed. They're a big rival and they want to win. But they played hard. We have nothing to be upset about," Carlson said.

Notre Dame

Kills — Riley Brueck 7, Rylie Todd 6, Anna Marino 6, Sarah Meeker 5, Taylor Marino 2

Assists — Claire Hackenmiller 19

Serving — Hackenmiller 12-12 (3 aces), Brueck 7-7, Abby Crowner 11-13 (1 ace)

Blocks — Todd 1, T.Marino 1

Digs — Crowner 17, Brueck 9, Hackenmiller 7, Meeker 6, Todd 5

West Burlington

Kills — Sydney Marlow 14, Iliyah Moore 14

Assists — Bailey Jennings 22

Serving — Marlow 12-12 (1 ace), Michenna Hunt 7-8 (6 aces)

Blocks — Marlow 25, Alyssa Dameron 19

Digs — Marlow 1

Records — Notre Dame 7-14 overall (1-3 SEISC South Division), West Burlington 9-4 (3-2).