FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Coach Hinen ends Eagle drought against Warsaw
In her six years as head coach, Trish Hinen (right) hadnâ€™t beaten Warsaw. Tuesday night, Hinen and the Lady Eagles took down the Tigers in a three-game battle. Pictured, the team celebrates after the win. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In the last five seasons that Columbia City Head Volleyball Coach Trish Hinen has been in charge of the team, the Lady Eagles have fallen to Warsaw.
Tuesday night, Columbia City broke the spell, and the Lady Eagles downed the Lady Tigers in three close games, as the score was tied 24 times in the second and third sets.
â€śWarsaw is always a really, really good ball club,â€ť Hinen said. â€śWeâ€™ve won games against them before, but never a match. To win in three games is a big deal.â€ť
Columbia Cityâ€™s squad has had a stand-out season, with only one loss (Concordia) all year.
The Lady Eagles dropped Warsaw 25-21 in game one, 26-24 in the second game and 24-21 in game three â€” a competitive match.
Hinen said the girls prepared for Warsaw the same as theyâ€™ve prepped for other teams all season.
â€śWe didnâ€™t talk about last year or our history against Warsaw,â€ť Hinen said. â€śWe honestly didnâ€™t know anything about them, except that theyâ€™re a good team to prepare us for conference play. Tonight was a good indication that the things weâ€™re working on are coming together.â€ť
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