On the rivalry offensive
COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Lady Eagle volleyball squad played host Tuesday night to cross-county rival Churubusco at the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium.
Columbia City shook off a sluggish first half in the opening game to close out the visitors in dominating fashion with a 25-18, 25-10, 25-16 three-game sweep.
After Columbia City jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game one, several CC errors, including two service errors and a net violation eventually let ’Busco pull even at 11-11.
The two teams played even trading one-point leads on four different occasions before four Churubusco errors in five points put the hometown Eagles up 23-17. Columbia City closed out game one 25-18 on a service ace by senior Hailey Woll.
In game two Columbia City limited the visiting Eagles to only 10 points, with six of those coming on Columbia City errors.
Senior Paige Moore led Columbia City in game two with four kills and two blocks, including the game ending point off a block at the net that gave the hosts a 25-10 win in game two.
“Our goal all season has been to be on the attack,” said CC coach Trish Hinen. “We have a really good lineup of hitters and we want to be on the offensive. That’s been our goal because even if we don’t get a kill out of it, at least it keeps them from getting into their offense and tonight we did a really great job of doing that.”
In game three, senior Maddie Hinen led Columbia City early, knocking down three kills to put the host Eagles up 5-4. Two kills by freshman Kalisha Goree helped put Columbia City up 14-10.
A kill by Madi Sjahfiedin off a Churubusco block gave Columbia City a 23-13 lead. Columbia City closed out game three 25-16 to claim the match by a 3-0 score.
In the final game, 13 of ’Busco’s points came on Columbia City errors.
“I felt like we beat ourselves,” said Churubusco coach Trinda Goings. “We came out and competed the first game and then we stopped competing. It should sting and hurt a little bit because we thought we could compete.
“Unforced errors are just killing us. We need to put the ball away and we need to finish.”
Paige Moore led the winners with eight kills with Kalisha Goree adding seven. Moore also added four blocks in what Hinen called “her absolute best game of the season.”
With the win Columbia City’s record stands at 3-2, while Churubusco falls to 0-6.
In the JV contest Columbia City needed only two games and less than 30 minutes to claim a 25-6, 25-7 win.
The CC freshman completed the sweep, taking game one by a 25-10 count and finishing the match with a 25-8 win in game two.