Col. City nets sweep over Norwell

   COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Lady Eagle volleyball team built on the success of Saturday’s second-place finish at the Wawasee tournament sweeping Northeast Hoosier Conference opponent    Norwell in three close games, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21 at the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium Tuesday night.
   All three games matched the Lady Eagles strong play at the net versus the strong serving game of the Lady Knights.
   The Lady Eagles spread the attacks among several hitters, with each stringing together hot hitting streaks. Freshman Kalisha Goree lead the attackers with 11 kills, with senior Paige Moore adding nine and Maddie Hinen recording seven. Moore added five blocks with Hailey Woll chipping in three more.
   In regards to that strong play at the net, Columbia City head coach Trish Hinen said, “We have been working very hard on that for the last week and a half. We can control the game with our net play, so we have been breaking that down in practices. We have been working on blocking and placing the ball with our hitting, seeing what the other team’s weak spots are and hitting those until they aren’t open any more, which opens up other spots.”
   Game one saw the visiting Lady Knights open up a lead of four points, leading 14-10, when the Lady Eagles began to chip away at the lead.
   Kills by Moore, Woll and Madi Sjahfiedin helped to close the gap to 17-18. A service ace by Maddie Hinen tied the score at 18-18.
   After another five ties, the Lady Eagles closed out game one on a serve reception error by the Knights and a tip for a kill by Moore, winning 25-23.
   Game two began with each team making runs, with the Eagles going up 13-9 before the visitors knotted the score at 15-15.
   With the game tied at 18-18, Columbia City took the lead on a dump shot by Hinen. The Eagles closed out the game 25-21 with four straight points including two Norwell errors and a tip-kill combo by Goree.
   The final game was close throughout, after Norwell took an 8-4 lead on a Columbia City serve reception error, the Lady Eagles closed to 8-8. From that point until Hailey Woll gave the Eagles a 20-16 lead on a block at the net, neither team built a lead of more than three points.
   Three consecutive errors by the Lady Knights put Columbia City up 23-19. Much like game two a kill by Goree and a Norwell hitting error closed out the contest 25-21, and the match three games to none, giving the Lady Eagles the NHC win.
   In the JV contest the Lady Eagles used their customary strong play at the net to take game one 25-20.
In game two the Lady Eagles ran off seven straight points to turn a 4-6 deficit into an 11-6 lead and were never threatened from there out as they took game two 27-17 to close out the match two games to none.
   The Lady Eagle C team continued a fine season, dispatching the Lady Knights 25-9 in game one. The Lady Eagles completed the sweep, finishing off the visitors with a 25-21 win in game two.