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Columbus North found new energy and a will to fight the Bloomington South volleyball team point-for-point Tuesday evening in Conference Indiana action.
Unfortunately for the Bull Dogs, they were already in a deep hole before they stepped it up a notch and ended up losing to the Panthers 25-12, 25-18, 24-26, 25-20.
Bloomington South held a 19-13 lead in the third before North battled back to win. Things appeared as if the Bull Dogs would do it again in the fourth game, trailing 11-5 before rumbling back to knot action at 19-19. But South captured the last bit of momentum to clinch the match and escape with the 3-1 victory.
The loss was the fifth straight for North (8-16, 1-3).
“It’s been the same kind of story for us all season,” Bull Dogs coach Caitlin Greiner said. “We outhustled (South) in the third and fourth games, but we we’re already down from the first and second.”
The hosts were hampered by inconsistency throughout most of the first two battles as the Panthers pounded away at the net and also took advantage of several North errors to build the 2-0 lead.
They appeared confident on their way to a 3-0 sweep before the Bull Dogs began clicking.
A pair of kills by Makinsey Summa kept North within striking distance midway through the game before solid defense turned the tables to force South into several miscues.
With the game tied 23-23, Summa hammered out another kill to put her crew in front for good.
Summa and Hayley McMahan paced North up front with five kills apiece, while junior Karen Wildemann finished with 21 assists. Janelle Peters had 15 digs and lone senior Devon Roese added 10 to lead the scrappy defense.
“I thought it was our backcourt players that sparked us on defense,” Greiner said. “They came up with several big digs to keep things alive and allow us to get back into things.”
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