FORT WAYNE — Thursday night’s match at Fort Wayne South Side was just what the sports doctor ordered for Columbia City volleyball.
Coming off two disappointing losses on the week against Angola and Garrett, the Lady Eagles rejuvenated their confidence with a three-game sweep of the Lady Archers 25-14, 25-17, 25-10.
“We played well at Angola but we just didn’t win,” Columbia City head coach Trish Hinen said. “I told the girls I’ll never be upset if you guys go out there, play hard and get beat.
“We just had to play our game. We just played defense against Garrett. We have to come out attacking and keep that intensity and they did a good job of that tonight.”
Still working with different lineups, Columbia City moved libero Kalisha Goree into a different role as a front line attacker for portions of the Eagles match Thursday.
“We changed the lineup around a little bit,” Hinen noted. “We’re just going to play with stuff until we find what meshes well together and we moved Kalisha up to the front line tonight and she got to some sets really well tonight.”
The Lady Eagles wasted no time getting out to a commanding lead winning game one 25-14.
“All of our hitters did really well tonight,” Hinen said. “All around we hit the ball well.”
A kill by Tabi Worden finished off a 9-2 start for City in the second game. The lead grew to double digits for much of the game getting as large as 11 points.
Seniors Maddie Hinen and Paige Moore led the Columbia City attack with a team-best six kills each. Moore added two solo blocks to power the Lady Eagles to a 25-17 victory.
The final game went much like the second, with Columbia City’s lead growing from a kill by Goree to a 11-2 start.
Down the stretch, the Lady Eagles had the help of Worden and Hailey Woll to finish off the win recording kills for two of the final three points.
Jenee Schneider led the team as a setter with 19 while Hinen added 16 digs to her six kills. Goree put up three aces in the Lady Eagles second win of the season.
The Columbia City junior varsity also came away victorious winning in straight games 25-16, 25-12.