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SOUTHPORT — If this were a game of momentum, Columbus North’s volleyball team would have had the advantage from the first serve.
The Bull Dogs displayed a strong serving performance against Southport, and it paid off as they went through the Cardinals in straight sets 25-21, 25-22, 25-17.
North coach Caitlin Greiner said the team had been working on its serving game and taking advantage of opportunities at the ball.
“Our big focus was to eliminate unforced errors,” Greiner said. “We were able to take advantage of our serves and not make as many mistakes.”
The first two sets early on were controlled by the Bull Dogs (11-19, 2-3 Conference Indiana), who created dominating shots off miscues from the Cardinals front line.
Southport managed to come back late in both sets to get a window of opportunity, but the serving of the Bull Dogs diminished any shot at that happening.
North libero Devon Roese’s serving in the final set proved too much for the Cardinal defense, as the Bull Dogs created 10 consecutive points while Roese was in service, ultimately crushing Southport’s hopes for a rally of their own.
Greiner said the team’s opportunities were what were helping North gain the advantage over the Cardinals.
“As a team, they really clicked tonight,” Greiner said. “They worked together to create points, and I was really pleased with our attacking.”
Greiner said the team had a slow start, but had clutch moments and simply outmatched Southport by the third set.
“It took Games 1 and 2 for us to warm up,” Greiner said. “But we took it to their defense in the third game, and that was what we needed.”
Karen Wildemann, who had 24 assists and eight digs for the Bull Dogs, said the team’s aggressive approach was a key to its victory.
“Our goal was to be aggressive with our serving,” Wildemann said. “We have greatly improved since the last game, and it showed tonight.”
Roese led North with 15 digs and also provided three aces, while Hayley McMahan had two aces. Makinsey Summa had a team high 13 kills while Janelle Peters had eight, and Hayley McMahan finished with two aces.
Greiner praised the team’s calmness going into the final set and said that it had the drive to finish the match on a high note.
“Southport’s defense wasn’t making it easy on us,” Greiner said. “We kept our enthusiasm and maintained the momentum to finally pull away.”
Wildemann said the team’s attitude and focus was what it needed to get past the strong defense of the Cardinals.
“We simply wanted it more than they did,” Wildemann said. “We kept providing big hits and making every chance happen.”
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