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Bruins lose to Trico-leading Beavers a second time

With five matches to go, Columbia still looking for first league win

Trico League leader Woodland defeated visiting Columbia High in four sets for the second time this season to remain unbeaten in league play and on the season.

Woodland (7-0, 8-0) broke away from a 7-7 tie to win the opening set of the Oct. 4 match 15-7.

The second set also belonged to the Beavers. They pasted the Bruins 15-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Bruins (0-7, 2-8) avoided being swept by taking the third set 15-13.

The key to that outcome, Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga said, was the Bruins' "we've got nothing to lose" attitude.

"Before the third game I told the girls we were expected to lose, so we might as well go out and have fun and play as hard as we can."

The Bruins followed their coach's advice and got off to a fast start.

They scored first and eventually built a 13-8 lead before the Beavers rallied to tie the set at 13.

Said Kasenga: "We had a little bit of a letdown, but we still were able to finish it off."

It was Woodland that scored first and fast in the fourth set en route to a 15-0 match-ending victory.

According to Kasenga, however, that final score did not truly reflect the Bruins' play in the fourth set.

"The score makes it look like we rolled over and played dead, but we really didn't play that badly," she said. "They had a server who hit some challenging serves and our passes just weren't that great."

For the match, the Bruins' passing percentage was 74 percent (200-269).

Their serving percentage was much better: 98 percent. They missed only one of their 50 serves -- a total that reflects the scores of the match -- but had no aces.

Columbia's hitting percentage was a respectable 75 percent (64-85), but only four resulted in kills. Junior Kristin Janney knocked down two of those and juniors Crystal Blankenship and Mallory Holtman each had one.

Columbia's junior varsity squad lost all three of its games, 15-12, 15-4, 15-0.

Five players -- Corrine Blankenship, Meghan McCutcheon, Megan Harvey, Desirae Lexa and Krista Bakke -- served 100 percent. Blankenship and Emily Swick both had aces.

Kasenga said the Junior Bruins played well in the first set because they were focused and consistent in their approach. Not so in the second set.

"The big difference between the first game and the second was that they only let one ball hit the floor in the first," Kasenga observed.


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