Columbia High's varsity volleyball team won for the second time last Thursday, holding off visiting Trout Lake/Glenwood to win a non-league match in four sets.
The Bruins (2-9) won the first two sets, 25-22, 25-21, but let the Eagles back into the match in the third set, losing 25-18. They secured the victory, however, in the fourth set with a 25-23 verdict.
"This was a closley fought match between two evenly matched teams," Bruins Coach Kevin Liddiard said. "Every game was close; neither team really scored more than one or two oints at a time as went to 25."
Columbia jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set but TLG rallied to go ahead 12-10. The back-and-forth set featured nine ties and 10 lead changes.
The Bruins finally gained the upper hand, though, at 15-14 on a TLG passing error and eventually built a 23-18 advantage.
After giving CHS a 24-21 with its fifth serving error of the set, however, TLG battled back to close within two points. But Kristie Morris finished it off for the Bruins with kill to a back corner.
The second set played out similarly: nine ties and 10 lead changes before CHS took charge in the late going.
TLG enjoyed its biggest lead of the set at 11-6, thanks to a four-point run.
But the Eagles couldn't build on it; the Bruins saw to that with a seven-point run that netted them a 13-11 edge.
Still, the set remained tight, though TLG was not able to retake the lead. The best it could do was forge five ties, that last at 18-all.
CHS took the lead for good at 19-18 on Jenny Pulido's second of three kills--a scoring shot that started a five-point Bruins run.
Set point came on a block by Chrissy Duniphin, who also scored two kills in the set.
Last Thursday's third set turned on a 10-point run by TLG that turned a 9-7 deficit into a 17-10 lead. The closest CHS got after that was 22-18.
Dave'y Lumley, Michelle Winston, Ashley St. George and Allison Skahan sparked the TLG turnaround.
Lumley finished the set with two kills and a service ace, Winston tallied two kills and a scoring block and St. George had two kills. Skahan was the server during the last nine points of TLG's big 10-point spree.
The longest run by either team in the hotly contested fourth set was four points (from 3-3 to 7-3, CHS, which later owned a 10-4 lead). All told, the set included six ties and and seven lead changes.
The last lead change came at 24-23 on a TLG hitting error. On set point, Ericka Zielger served an ace.
That was the last of three aces by the Bruins (Brooke Hathaway and Robin Swanhuyser also served aces).
"We've been in many close games this year, getting into the 20s with opponents, but unable to finish them off," Liddiard noted. "Here is was great to see us take three of the four close games to win a match as we get close to the end of the season. I think it shows our improvement in skill as well as mental discipline."
In junior varsity action, CHS lost in three sets, 25-27, 25-14, 9-15.
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The Bruins lost their Oct. 17 rematch with the Bulldogs, 25-7, 25-10, 25-20.
"We started out really flat-footed and let them get too many points off hard serves," Liddiard said. "We snapped out of it and passed their serves better in the third game, where we were competitive with them."
Scores of the junior varsity match were 26-24, CHS; 25-23, Stevenson; 15-11, Stevenson.