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Spencer, Columbus Catholic each have six picked to 2016 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Volleyball Team

Posted on 11 November 2016 by paul

Columbus Catholic senior hitter Kendra Baierl was named to the first team of the All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Volleyball Team for the second year in a row. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Columbus Catholic senior hitter Kendra Baierl was named to the first team of the All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Volleyball Team for the second year in a row. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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Spencer won its fifth-straight Cloverbelt Conference East Division championship, one win ahead of second-place Marshfield Columbus Catholic, and each team had six players selected to the 2016 all-conference volleyball team.

Both the Rockets and Dons had two players picked by the conference coaches to the first team, second team, and honorable mention squads.

Spencer libero Jenna Rogers and Columbus Catholic’s Kendra Baierl, both seniors, were named to the first team for the second-straight year. Joining them are Spencer’s Jenna Schober and Columbus’ Sierra Litwatis, both of whom were honorable mention choices last season.

“Jenna Schober has been a solid all-around player for the past couple seasons,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “Her consistency and drive to win really help her elevate her game to where it is.

“There’s not much more to say about Jenna Rogers then that she can flat out pass a volleyball better than most I have ever seen,” Heller said. “Her job has been to get the ball to the setter and she does it better than anyone. Her hard work and natural ability made her one of the best liberos I have ever seen in our area.”

Baierl had 529 kills this season, finishing her stellar career with 1,135. She also recorded 54 blocks and 58 service aces.

Litwatis, a four-year starting libero for the Dons, had a team-high 404 digs, ending her career with 1,263.

Kassidy Lamovec of Greenwood, Karsyn Rueth of Loyal, and Jocelyn Thur of Neillsville/Granton were also named to the seven-player first team.

Celine Scholin and Jennifer Reigel of Columbus also were repeat all-conference performers, both being named to the second team. Scholin was also a second-team pick in 2015 and Reigel was honorable mention last year.

Scholin finished second on the Dons with 264 kills and 44 blocks. Reigel had 407 assists this season and finished with 1,351 for her career.

“Sierra was our top receiver and was able to put the ball into our setter’s hands,” Columbus Catholic coach Kat Egle said. “Celine helped our defense out with her strong blocking skills and her play at the net. Jennifer was a strong server and digger for the team.”

Spencer’s Sadie Mercier and Liz Endreas were also second-team picks. Mercier was an honorable mention selection last year.

Seniors Natalie Pospyhalla and Maddie DeSmet, and Spencer seniors McKenzie Bainer and Courtney Buss were among those earning honorable mention status.

2016 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Volleyball Team
First team:
Sierra Litwaitis, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Kendra Baierl, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Kassidy Lamovec, sr., Greenwood; Karsyn Rueth, sr., Loyal; Jocelyn Thur, sr., Neillsville/Granton; Jenna Rogers, sr., Spencer; Jenna Schober, sr., Spencer.
Second team: Celine Scholin, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Jennifer Reigel, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Kelly Nielsen, jr., Greenwood; Morgan Reinwand, sr., Loyal; Morgan Hauge, sr., Neillsville/Granton; Sadie Mercier, jr., Spencer; Liz Endreas, sr., Spencer.
Honorable mention: Kiersten Weiland, jr., Colby; Natalie Pospyhalla, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Maddie DeSmet, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Taylor Hendricks, sr., Gilman; Mindy Schoengarth, sr., Neillsville/Granton; Brittany Schwark, sr., Owen-Withee; McKenzie Bainer, sr., Spencer; Courtney Buss, sr., Spencer.

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Columbus Catholic volleyball drops WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal to Wausau Newman

Posted on 27 October 2016 by paul

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic volleyball team ran into four-time defending Division 4 state champion Wausau Newman Catholic and came out on the short end, falling 3-0 in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal Thursday night at Assumption High School.

Newman Catholic won 25-7, 25-20, 25-19, ending the Dons’ season.

Newman will play Bowler in a sectional final at Stevens Point Area Senior High on Saturday night for a berth in the 2016 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament in Green Bay on Nov. 3-5.

Kendra Bailer had 11 kills, Annie Baierl had five digs, and Natalie Pospyhalla had 14 assists to lead the Dons in each category.

Celine Scholin added seven kills and Jennifer Reigel chipped in eight assists for Columbus.

“We played with heart tonight and gave Newman everything we could,” Columbus coach Kat Egle said. “They are a strong team and we stayed with them as long as we could receive their serves. The seniors (Reigel, Pospyhalla, Scholin, Kendra Baierl, Maddie DeSmet, ad Sierra Litwaitis) will be missed and they have helped turn around our volleyball program. We have had a successful season with winning the first ever regional title, being second in the conference, and with six all-conference players. We look forward to many successful years to come.”

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2016 WIAA girls volleyball playoffs, sectional scores

Posted on 23 October 2016 by paul

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The 2016 WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament field is set after sectional finals were held Oct. 29.

The state tournament will be at Resch Center in Green Bay on Nov. 3-5.

Here is a look at the sectional scoreboard:

2016 WIAA Girls Volleyball Playoffs
Division 1
Sectional 1
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27, at Stevens Point

No. 1 D.C. Everest 3, No. 4 Marshfield 0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-18)
No. 2 River Falls 3, No. 3 Eau Claire North 1 (26-24, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
River Falls 3, D.C. Everest 2 (25-21, 24-26, 25-23, 18-25, 15-12)
Sectional 3
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27, at Middleton

No. 1 Sun Prairie 3, No. 4 Middleton 1 (25-11, 25-20, 19-25, 25-17)
No. 2 Waunakee 3, No. 3 Monona Grove 0 (26-24, 25-22, 26-24)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Sun Prairie 3, Waunakee 0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-23)
Sectional 2
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27, at Ashwaubenon

No. 1 Appleton North 3, No. 4 Appleton East 0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-21)
No. 3 De Pere 3, No. 2 Hortonville 2 (17-25, 25-12, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Appleton North 3, De Pere 0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-13)
Sectional 4
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27, at Oshkosh North

No. 1 Neenah 3, No. 4 West Bend West 0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-21)
No. 2 Oconomowoc 3, No. 3 Watertown 0 (26-24, 25-17, 26-24)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Neenah 3, Oconomowoc 0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-21)
Sectional 5
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27, at Hartland Arrowhead

No. 1 Menomonee Falls 3, No. 4 Sussex Hamilton 1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-18, 25-19)
No. 3 Hartland Arrowhead 3, No. 2 Mukwonago 2 (22-25, 28-30, 25-22, 30-28, 15-8)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Menomonee Falls 3, Hartland Arrowhead 0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-18)
Sectional 7
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27, at Racine Park

No. 1 West Allis Hale 3, No. 5 Franklin 0
No. 2 Greendale 3, No. 3 Racine Case 1
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Greendale 3, West Allis Hale 0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-22)
Sectional 6
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27, at Stoughton

No. 4 Fort Atkinson 3, No. 9 Kenosha Bradford/Reuther 2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 18-25, 15-9)
No. 2 Burlington 3, No. 3 Stoughton 0 (27-25, 25-11, 25-22)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Burlington 3, Fort Atkinson 0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-21)
Sectional 8
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27, at Brookfield Central

No. 1 Brookfield East 3, No. 4 Glendale Nicolet 2 (22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 15-7)
No. 2 Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels 3, No. 3 Brookfield Central 0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-17)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels 3, Brookfield East 0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-23)
Division 2
Sectional 1
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27

No. 2 Bloomer 3, No. 1 Osceola 0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-20)
No. 1 Merrill 3, No. 1 West Salem 0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-12)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Merrill 3, Bloomer 2 (23-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16, 15-10)
Sectional 4
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27

No. 1 Kettle Moraine Lutheran 3, No. 1 University School of Milwaukee 0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-13)
No. 1 Waukesha Catholic Memorial 3, No. 1 Shorewood 0 (25-20, 25-7, 25-19)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Waukesha Catholic Memorial 3, Kettle Moraine Lutheran 0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19)
Sectional 2
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27

No. 1 Green Bay Notre Dame 3, No. 3 Seymour 0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-16)
No. 1 Little Chute 3, No. 1 Chilton 0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-23)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Green Bay Notre Dame 3, Little Chute 1 (25-14, 12-25, 25-17, 25-18)
Sectional 3
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27

No. 1 Mount Horeb 3, No. 2 Lodi 1 (25-16, 18-25, 25-21, 25-20)
No. 1 Lakeside Lutheran 3, No. 1 East Troy 0 (25-10, 25-20, 25-21)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Lakeside Lutheran 3, Mount Horeb 1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-9)
Division 3
Sectional 1
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27

No. 1 Grantsburg 3, No. 1 Phillips 1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-13, 25-15)
No. 1 La Crosse Aquinas 3, No. 1 Eau Claire Regis 0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-22)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
La Crosse Aquinas 3, Grantsburg 2 (24-26, 25-23, 25-19, 25-27, 15-6)
Sectional 3
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27

No. 1 Howards Grove 3, No. 1 Manitowoc Lutheran 0 (26-24, 25-12, 25-17)
No. 1 Lake Country Lutheran 3, No. 1 Kenosha Christian Life 1 (26-24, 22-25, 25-14, 25-16)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Howards Grove 3, Lake Country Lutheran 2 (23-25, 25-16, 14-25, 25-23, 15-12)
Sectional 2
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27

No. 1 Wittenberg-Birnamwood 3, No. 3 Oconto 0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-10)
No. 1 Athens 3, No. 1 Stratford 1 (25-23, 25-14, 23-25, 25-23)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Athens 3, Wittenberg-Birnamwood 1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Sectional 3
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27

No. 1 Wisconsin Heights 3, No. 2 Iowa-Grant 1 (25-19, 25-13, 24-26, 25-12)
No. 1 Oshkosh Lourdes 3, No. 2 Marshall 0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-22)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Oshkosh Lourdes 3, Wisconsin Heights 1 (19-25, 25-19, 29-27, 26-24)
Division 4
Sectional 1
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27

No. 1 Mercer 3, No. 2 Webster 0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-16)
No. 1 Clayton 3, No. 1 Chippewa Falls McDonell 0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-17)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Clayton 3, Mercer 0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-19)
Sectional 4
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27

No. 1 Hilbert 3, No. 1 Living Word Lutheran 0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-13)
No. 1 Randolph 3, No. 1 Argyle 0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-19)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Randolph 3, Hilbert 0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-20)
Sectional 2
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27

No. 1 Wausau Newman Catholic 3, No. 1 Marshfield Columbus Catholic 0 (25-7, 25-20, 25-19)
No. 1 Bowler 3, No. 2 Florence 0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-13)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Wausau Newman Catholic 3, Bowler 0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-13)
Sectional 3
Sectional semifinals, Oct. 27

No. 1 Bangor 3, No. 1 Cashton 1 (25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21)
No. 1 Seneca 3, No. 1 Benton 1 (18-25, 25-13, 29-27, 25-20)
Sectional finals, Oct. 29
Seneca 3, Bangor 1 (25-27, 25-22, 25-20, 25-17)

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Columbus Catholic volleyball tops Wild Rose to win WIAA Division 4 regional title

Posted on 22 October 2016 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic volleyball team is moving on to sectionals after a commanding 3-0 win over Wild Rose in a WIAA Division 4 regional final Saturday night at Columbus Catholic High School.

The Dons swept the three sets by identical 25-16 scores to move on to a sectional semifinal at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption against four-time defending Division 4 state champion Wausau Newman Catholic on Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner will take on either Florence or Bowler in a sectional final Oct. 29 at Stevens Point Area Senior High.

Kendra Baierl had 24 kills, Sierra Litwaitis had 21 digs, Katie Hall added 15 digs and Celine Scholin had nine kills for the Dons.

Setters Natalie Pospyhalla and Jennifer Reigel had 24 and 16 assists, respectively.

“The girls played with a lot of heart tonight,” Columbus coach Kat Egle said. “They love the game and do not want the season to end.”

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Columbus Catholic volleyball whips Assumption in WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal

Posted on 20 October 2016 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic volleyball team rolled in its playoff opener, whipping Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 25-14, 25-19, 25-17, in a WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal Thursday night at Columbus Catholic High School.

The Dons move on to a D-4 regional final Saturday against Wild Rose. The match will begin at 7 p.m. at Columbus Catholic High School. The winner moves on to a sectional semifinal next Thursday at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption.

This story will be updated when statistics are made available.

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Columbus Catholic volleyball loses Cloverbelt crossover to McDonell

Posted on 11 October 2016 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic volleyball team was swept by Chippewa Falls McDonell in the second-place match of the Cloverbelt Conference crossovers on Tuesday night at Columbus Catholic High School.

McDonell won 25-21, 25-19, 25-21.

Jennifer Reigel and Natalie Pospyhalla each had 13 assists, Maren Seefluth had 13 digs, and Kendra Baierl had 16 kills to lead the Dons in each category. Celine Scholin added 10 kills and Reigel had nine digs for Columbus.

The match ends the regular-season schedule and Columbus Catholic will learn its WIAA postseason seeding on Wednesday.

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Columbus Catholic’s Kendra Baierl wins voting for WDLB-WOSQ Radio & MarshfieldAreaSports.com September High School Athlete of the Month

Posted on 09 October 2016 by paul

Columbus Catholic senior volleyball player Kendra Baierl was voted as the WDLB-WOSQ Radio & MarshfieldAreaSports.com September High School Athlete of the Month. (Photo courtesy of Seehafer Broadcasting)

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Marshfield Columbus Catholic volleyball player Kendra Baierl has been voted as the WDLB-WOSQ Radio & MarshfieldAreaSports.com September High School Athlete of the Month.

The High School Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Marshfield Clinic, Cost Cutters Family Hair Care and Burt Trophy & Awards.

Varsity athletes from the following high schools are eligible to be nominated for the award: Abbotsford, Athens, Auburndale, Colby, Columbus Catholic, Edgar, Granton, Greenwood, Loyal, Marathon, Marshfield, Neillsville, Owen-Withee, Pittsville, Spencer, Stratford and Thorp.

Baierl received 560 of the nearly 1,400 votes cast.

Other nominees for the September award were Marshfield boys soccer player Luke McCann, Owen-Withee football player Kole Karaba, Stratford football player Kamren Bornbach, and Edgar volleyball player Macey Wirkus.

Baierl, a 6-foot-1 senior middle blocker, has helped lift the Dons off to the most promising season they have had a long while. Baierl passed the 1,000-kill mark for her career with 36 kills in a 3-2 loss to Spencer on Sept. 29, the first Cloverbelt Conference East Division loss by the Dons. Baierl had 311 through Sept. 29, including 81 at the Abbotsford Tournament on Sept. 24.

Nominate someone for the October Athlete of the Month award by emailing paul@marshfieldareasports.com. Voting will take place here from Nov. 1-7.

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Columbus Catholic volleyball tops Loyal

Posted on 06 October 2016 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – Kendra Baierl had 22 of Columbus Catholic’s kills to lift the Dons to a 3-1 win over Loyal in its Cloverbelt Conference East Division season finale Thursday night at home.

The Dons won 25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 25-11, to end the conference season with a 6-1 record and a second-place finish.

Celine Scholin added 12 kills, Sierra Litwaitis had 14 digs, and setters Jennifer Reigel (21) and Natalie Pospyhalla (19) combined for 40 assists for Columbus.

Columbus Catholic will compete in a Cloverbelt Conference crossover next Thursday before opening WIAA playoff action the following week.

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Columbus Catholic volleyball holds off Gilman

Posted on 05 October 2016 by paul

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GILMAN – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic volleyball team won a hard-fought, five-set match over winless Gilman on Tuesday night at Gilman High School.

The Dons held on to win 23-25, 25-19, 25-12, 24-26, 15-10, to improve to 5-1 in the Cloverbelt Conference East Division. Gilman drops to 0-6.

The victory keeps Columbus’ hopes alive for a share of the conference championship. The Dons host Loyal on Thursday in their conference finale as they are one-half game behind first-place Spencer. Spencer is at Owen-Withee on Thursday and finishes its conference schedule Monday at Greenwood.

Kendra Baierl had 26 kills and seven digs, Celine Scholin added 16 kills, and Brooke Neider and Maren Seefulth each had nine digs for Columbus. Jennifer Reigel had 22 assists and Natalie Pospyhalla had 20 for the Dons.

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Spencer volleyball outlasts Columbus Catholic for 41st straight Cloverbelt East win

Posted on 29 September 2016 by paul

The Spencer volleyball team celebrates after winning the fifth set to defeated Marshfield Columbus Catholic 3-2 in a battle of Cloverbelt East unbeatens Thursday night at Columbus Catholic High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

The Spencer volleyball team celebrates after winning the fifth set to defeated Marshfield Columbus Catholic 3-2 in a battle of Cloverbelt East unbeatens Thursday night at Columbus Catholic High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MARSHFIELD – The Spencer volleyball team has not lost a Cloverbelt Conference East Division match since 2011, but on Thursday night the Rockets nearly met their match.

Columbus Catholic won two of the first three games and had a match point, leading 25-24 in Game 4, the Rockets stormed back to win three straight points to take the set and even the match.

Spencer trailed in the fifth set 5-3 before using a 7-3 run and went on to a 15-10 victory to take the match 3-2 by scores of 23-25, 25-21, 15-25, 27-25, 15-10. The Rockets head into the final three conference matches with a 4-0 record in the Cloverbelt East as they search for their fifth-straight championship. Spencer’s conference win streak now stands at 41.

“I kept saying all night that if we pass, set and swing, we do all right,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “I told them at that timeout (at 24-23) ‘We just need one set, one pass, one swing and we’ll get the ball back, and we did.

The playoff-type intensity of the play on the court was matched by a boisterous crowd as both schools’ “student sections rocked the Columbus Catholic gymnasium.

Spencer fought back from two deficits to take a 22-20 lead in the opening game before the Dons pulled away. Two kills and a block by Celine Scholin allowed Columbus (4-1 Cloverbelt East) to win 25-23.

After taking a 14-9 lead in Game 2 the Dons seemed to have all the momentum. But as was the case throughout the grueling match, momentum didn’t last very long.

Spencer scored the next 11 points, two on kills by Jenna Schober, and a strong defensive effort pushed the Rockets to a 25-21 win to even the match.

The play of Jenna Rogers and Schober in the back row was key to keeping the Rockets in the match.

Schober finished with 15 kills and 28 digs, Rogers also had 28 digs, and Buss had 24 digs and four service aces. Sadie Mercier had 19 assists and McKenzie Bainer added 16.

“Schober and Rogers were putting a lot of balls back up, and Courtney Buss played out of her mind too,” Heller said. “Those three kept us in every point it seemed. If we play like that (in the second set), nobody can beat us. I’ll take on anybody if we can play defense like that.”

Kendra Baierl had nine of her match-high 36 kills in the third set for the Dons, who used a 12-3 run to pull ahead 21-12. Baierl passed the 1,000 kill plateau in the game. A pair of block kills by Scholin finished off a 25-15 win.

The fourth game was tight throughout. Spencer led 11-8 before the Dons forged ahead 14-12. After Spencer scored, neither team led by more than a point until the end.

Columbus went up 25-24 after a service error by the Rockets. Spencer gained a sideout and Schober followed with an ace. A hitting error by the Dons gave Spencer a 27-25 win to even the match again.

“The girls were nervous and it showed with missed serves,” Columbus Catholic coach Kat Egle said. “We had 17 missed serves tonight, we had one the other night, so that’s not normal. Our nerves got the best of us, but they gave it their all, gave it 110 percent.”

An ace from Sadie Mercier put Spencer on top 9-7 in the fifth set and the Rockets led the rest of the way. An ace by Rogers and an error from the Dons ended the match.

Despite the loss, Egle said the Dons have proven they will be a force to be reckoned with the rest of the way.

“We are strong with seniors this year and they really work hard in the offseason,” Egle said. “They take that extra step to do the clubs, the camps, come to all the open gyms, and come to practice and give it their all with no complaints.”

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