Crusaders volleyball team earns sweep

Columbus Christian volleyball coach Sarah Stair told her team before Thursday night’s game against Traders Point Christian that she’d bring them treats Friday if they played hard an hustled.

After the Crusaders did that in a five-set win, Stair brought cookies for the them. But with two left over after Friday, she decided she’d give the final two to players who did the same thing Saturday against Horizon Christian.

Columbus Christian had little trouble in rolling to a 25-16, 25-10, 25-9 victory, and senior twins Sabrina and Savannah Herron shared one of the cookies after the game.

“I was very inspired,” Savannah Herron said. “I’m a food freak, so if there’s food on the line, oh yeah.”

The serving line was key for the Crusaders (11-3). Sabrina Herron and Michaela Schundelmeier each served nine aces, and Savannah Herron added seven aces.

That was a big turnaround from Tuesday’s loss at Bloomington Lighthouse, when Columbus Christian made 19 serving errors.

“We have worked a lot on serving,” Stair said. “We had a rough night Tuesday night and had a lot of service errors, so (Friday) night at practice, we spent a lot of time serving. We were thinking about (having) 100 percent serves, and they did a lot better on that tonight.”

Sabrina Herron led the Crusaders with six kills and 18 assists. Hannah Stair recorded four digs, and Savannah Herron and Erica Gregg each pounded five kills.

Columbus Christian did not trail in any of the three sets.

“This is probably the best we’ve played all season,” Sabrina Herron said. “None of us got down. We were all super hyped. We were out there just having fun.”

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