Columbia High overcame deficits in all three sets Monday night on the way to winning its season-opening match, 3-0, against Trout Lake/Glenwood, in Trout Lake.
Setter Adrianne DeLay served back-to-back aces in the third set to win it for the Bruins, 25-18.
Columbia took control of the set at 17-16, on a kill from the left side by outside hitter Chrissy Duniphin. The closest TLG got after that was 19-17.
In the first set, the visiting Bruins and their hosts traded the lead six times. The last lead change sparked a six-point run that put the Bruins ahead, 13-7. Columbia finished with a 25-14 victory for a one-set lead in the match.
At the start of the second set, it looked as if TLG might run the table and even things up. The Mustangs got aces on two of their first three serves and opened up a 6-0 lead before Robin Swanhuyser's kill from the left side broke TLG's momentum.
Gradually, the Bruins got back into contention, thanks to a series of Mustangs miscues. Bad serves and unforced errors in the return and passing games brought CHS back from a 7-1 deficit and into an 8-8 tie on Ericka Ziegler's service ace.
The set, which featured 12 ties, remained tight to the end. But the Bruins pulled out the victory by scoring the final six points--the 24th point on a scoring block Carah Concienne and the 25th on a service ace by Ziegler.
Columbia begins Trico Division play today with junior varsity and varsity matches at Ilwaco. Next Tuesday the Bruins play their home opener against La Center.