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COLUMBIA CITY — There are times when you can take something positive out of a loss. That was the case Thursday night when the Columbia City Lady Eagle volleyball team played host to the highly regarded Concordia Cadets.
The Lady Eagles played a solid game sticking with the Cadets in each game before falling in three sets 21-25, 19-25, 21-25 at the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium.
In game one the Lady Eagles matched the Cadets point for point in the early going.
With the score tied at 5-5, the Cadets ran off five straight points behind the serving of junior Allie Miller to take a 10-5 lead. The Eagles gradually chipped away at the lead, pulling within one at 14-15 with the help of kills by freshman Kalisha Goree, and seniors Hailey Woll and Maddie Hinen.
Another run by the Cadets pushed the Concordia lead back to five at 19-14. The Eagles again fought back closing to 16-19 before the Cadets pushed to 24-18.
Columbia City refused to quit forcing two Concordia errors around a Hinen kill to cut the lead to 24-21 before falling in game one 25-21.
Game two took a similar path, with the Lady Eagles keeping the hard-hitting Cadets within two or three until a five-point run put the visitors up 14-8.
A block and kill by CC’s Paige Moore cut Columbia City’s deficit to 19-16. A couple of Columbia City errors put the score at 24-17, before the Eagles again rallied. Picking up points on a Woll kill and a net violation by the Cadets, Columbia City closed the gap to 24-19 before a hitting error by the Lady Eagles ended game two 27-19 in favor of the Cadets.
Game three was even closer, with 12 ties throughout the contest. The Lady Eagles fell behind 4-1, but came back behind kills by Hinen, Moore, and Madi Sjahfiedin to take an 8-7 lead. The Lady Eagles took their largest lead of the game at 10-8 on consecutive kills by Goree.
Two CC errors let the Cadets knot the score at 12-12 and from that point until the final points of game three neither side was able to take more than a two-point lead. With the score tied 21-21, two Columbia City hitting errors and two Concordia kills closed out the game 25-21 and the match 3-0.
“They (Concordia) are a good team,” said Eagle coach Trish Hinen. “They have a lot of power. I told the kids, though, that they have shown that you are a team with a lot of heart and a lot of drive and will to win and that you just don’t give up. Theses kids are never going to give up on a point.
“We are picking up balls from everywhere, playing scrappy and diving all over the place, and we have shown that we can play with the really good teams. If we eliminate a few mistakes, we will be able to beat those really good teams.”
The Eagles had a balanced attack on the evening, with Goree, Hinen and Moore recording four kills apiece. Goree and Brooklyn Zorn led the team in Digs with 12 each, while Samara Qureshi and Jenee Schneider both notched 10 assists.
The CC JV squad fell in two very close games to the visiting Cadet reserves. In game one the Cadets used a nine-point run in the middle of the contest to take a 25-23 win. In game two, the Lady Eagles jumped out to an early 8-4 lead, but the Cadets came back to tie the score at 22-22 before claiming game two and the match by another 25-23 score.
The Eagle C team provided the only win for the hosts, taking the Cadets completely out of their offense in winning game one by a 25-14 score and finishing off the Cadets in game two by a 25-15 count.
The Lady Eagles return to the court Tuesday when they host Manchester.
’Cats falls in five to N. Miami
The Whitko volleyball team was on the road at North Miami Thursday falling in five close games, 16-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 13-15.
Leaders were Lindsey Hardesty with 18 serve points and three aces, Karissa Olinske with 14 kills, Meghan Peters with 30 assists, Stephanie Camden with 16 digs and Whitney Hobbs with three blocks.
’Busco swept at Eastside
The Churubusco volleyball team was swept in three games at Eastside Thursday, 16-25, 17-25, 17-25.
Haleigh Gross led aces with two. Ashlie Shelton had nine assists and also had 11 digs. Heather Monk had three kills.