Sept. 24, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College volleyball team came up short in a tightly contested Arrowhead Conference match against Kishwaukee 23-25, 26-24, 26-24, 27-25 on Tuesday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium. The loss snapped a three-match winning streak for the Chargers (8-9, 3-2) and kept the Kougars (12-9, 5-0) atop the Arrowhead standings.
Kishwaukee’s 20-15 lead during the third set was the only time either team had more than a four-point advantage at any point in the match, which featured 43 ties and 28 lead changes.
“I thought it was a great match to watch and a great match to coach,” Sandburg coach Todd Winkler said. “We just made a couple mistakes at some key points in a couple sets, and they were able to take advantage. That was the only difference.”
Sophomore middle hitter Caitlin McVay (Rockridge) had a team-leading 13 kills for the Chargers, and freshman middle hitter Rachel Barr (Mendota) had one of her best performances of the season, notching 11 kills.
Sophomore setter Lexa Mahr (Macomb) posted a team-best 28 kills, and sophomore outside hitter Erika Hibberd (Pekin) led the Chargers in aces with three. Defensively, freshman libero Justine Bodenhamer (Avon) posted 15 digs while freshman middle hitter Sam Roth (Stark County) had five blocks. McVay also contributed 10 digs for Sandburg.
Hibberd delivered four kills, including one on set point, during the Chargers’ first-set victory, but Kishwaukee got the best of Sandburg down the stretch in the remaining sets. The Chargers won three straight points to make it 24-24 in the second, but the Kougars won the next two points, capped by an ace from Samantha Scroggins.
Sandburg saved another set point in the third, but Kishwaukee again came back with two in a row, this time on kills from Grace Fabrizius and Akeelah Muhammad. Kills by McVay and Rothhelped Sandburg stave off two match points in the fourth, but the Kougars closed it out with a kill by Rosie Aumann and a Muhammad ace.
“I’m happy, if you can ever be happy after a loss,” Winkler said. “We played really well and so did they. It was just a great match.”
The Chargers head toHighland for another Arrowhead match at 6 p.m. Wednesday before facing Waubsonsee on the road in a nonconference match at 6 p.m. Thursday.