Crusaders bounce back from loss, sweep Crush

After a subpar serving night led to his team’s first loss of the season Friday, Columbus Christian volleyball coach Bruce Giggy decided to put a little bit of pressure on his team Monday night.

If one of the Crusader players missed a serve, they had to serve the next one underhanded.

That didn’t happen often for Columbus Christian. The Crusaders had a much better serving game in a 25-20, 25-11, 25-13 win against the Columbus Crush Homeschool team.

“We’re getting it figured out,” Giggy said. “We’ve been struggling with our serves. We put a little pressure on them, but if you notice, our serving was not so bad tonight.”

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After winning the first two sets, Giggy put some of his reserves in for the third set. Grace Lorimor served four consecutive aces and seven straight points to begin the set.

Later in the set, with Columbus Christian (9-1) leading 15-10, Lorimor served back-to-back aces to extend the lead.

“I just wanted to play my best and have fun and win it,” Lorimor said.

Sabrina Herron recorded 14 assists and seven aces, and Lorimor had four assists, two digs, six aces to lead the Crusaders. Madison Henderson pounded eight kills, and Savannah Spurgeon recorded a block.

Sabrina Herron and Savannah Herron each added five kills.

“I think we did well, and I think the other team also played their hardest,” Sabrina Herron said. “I think we’re a really put together team this year, and we all know what we’re doing, and we have a good coach to coach us.”

The Crush were playing in only their fourth game of the season. They are still looking for their first win.

“I feel pretty good about how they played tonight,” Crush coach Autumn Rocker said. “In the past games that we’ve played, they’re not jelling together very well as a team, but I think they played really well together. They just need to relax and do what they love to do.”

Rocker credited the play of hitter Emily Walls and setter Lexy McFall.

“Lexy McFall did a phenomenal job at getting all of those passes that were going her direction,” Rocker said. “I really loved her effort, and Emily was all over the floor and was not giving up. I really appreciate when my players go through and they don’t give up.”

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com or 812-379-5628.