WARSAW — There are nights when everything goes right and there are nights when almost nothing goes right.
Unfortunately for the Columbia City Lady Eagle volleyball team, Tuesday night’s trip to Warsaw was a whole lot of the latter.
The Lady Eagles had difficulty sustaining any consistency against the Lady Tigers and fell 25-15, 25-12, and 25-12.
“We didn’t play well tonight at all,” Columbia City head coach Trish Hinen said. “We work on things in practice that we know we need to do to beat Warsaw and we didn’t do any of them tonight.”
With the Lady Eagles trailing 5-4 in game one the Tigers took control, moving to a lead of 17-10 behind strong net play by the host Lady Tigers and hitting errors by the Lady Eagles.
The Lady Tigers also used dump shots by setter Madison Long over and over to extend the lead and take game one 25-15 on another dump by Long.
In game two the Lady Eagles again fell behind early. Three straight Columbia City errors put the Eagles down 6-2. Scoring only on Warsaw errors, the Lady Eagles trailed 23-11, a block by Paige
Moore provided an offensive point for the Eagles. Dump shots by Warsaw’s Long and Holderman gave the Lady Tigers game two 25-12.
Two kills out of the middle by Paige Moore gave the Eagles some offense in game three but a relentless Warsaw attack put Columbia City down 22-7. The Eagles never recovered dropping the third game 25-12 and the match 3-0 to fall to 5-4 on the season.
“We didn’t pass well, we didn’t attack at the net, we played defense awfully, and never got into our offense at all,” Hinen said. “We didn’t get any attacks in front of the 10-foot line all night, and if we don’t get any attacks in front of the 10-foot line, we are never going to be able to run an offense.”
The Lady Eagle offense had three players, Middie Hinen, Paige Moore and Tabi Worden with two kills apiece. Madi Sjahfiedin led the Lady Eagles with 11 digs.
In game one of the JV contest the Lady Eagles hung close through the early going, trailing by only three at 13-10 before being out scored 12-5 to drop game one 25-15.
Game two of the reserve contest followed the same script. The Lady Eagles close in the early going before being out scored 12-3 to fall behind 24-10, before falling 25-13 and 2-0 in the match.
In the closest contest of the evening, the Lady Eagle C team suffered its first loss of the year in a 25-24, 21-25, 14-15 contest.
The Lady Eagles open Northeast Hoosier Conference play Thursday when they host Homestead.