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The Columbus East volleyball team defeated Bloomington South 25-18, 25-17, 25-13 on Tuesday.
East came out strong in each set with strong defense, especially at the net. Consistent play through all three sets led to East never being challenged by Bloomington South.
“This weekend we were very up and down at the Muncie Central Tournament,” Columbus East coach Faith Wilder-Newland said. “We made it our goal to focus and be more consistent. I’m very pleased to have seen that consistency tonight.”
The key to the Olympians improvement has been better communication on the court, especially from seniors Carly Robertson, who led East with 15 kills, and Faith Myers, who led the Olympians with 35 assists.
“We’ve had to work very hard on our communication” Wilder-Newland said. “Tonight was a big improvement for us this season.”
“We focused on our teamwork and talking to each other tonight,” said East senior Alexa Husmann-Miller who had 12 digs and led the Olympians with four aces.
“I think the seniors, especially Faith (Myers), are doing a really good job of leading us and pulling us together as a team.”
The Class 4A No. 9 Olympians (13-6) showed their cohesiveness with unselfish play that saw several players focusing on special roles on the team.
The numerous substitutions kept the team energetic on the court.
“I feel in practice we’re very focused, and we’ve worked on specializing,” East junior Caitlyn Williams said. “I feel we all come in and do our job, and that’s a very important part of this team.”
Bloomington South (17-7) made several mistakes throughout the match, missing serves and returns throughout.
East took advantage of those mistakes to dominate the Panthers with their pressure.
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