It was senior night and breast cancer awareness night at Wabash Thursday. The Lady Apaches won in a sweep over North Miami Wednesday and it looked as though they would repeat that performance against Eastern on Thursday as they grabbed a 2-0 lead, then survived a Comet comeback to win in five games 25-20, 25-22, 18-25, 20-25, 16-14.
Falling behind 2-0 to start the night Wabash would get a kill from Sydni Mullett and an ace from Jaycee Parrett to score three straight and grab the lead. The two teams would battle back and fourth until Eastern led 11-10 and the Apaches got hot. After a Comet error Mullett would drive home another kill that was followed with two aces from Sarah Ritter as Wabash scored four straight and led 15-11. Eastern would inch their way back and eventually tie the score at 17 before Ritter and Kristin Cromer got busy leading the Apaches to a 8-3 run down the stretch to win game one 25-20.
Eastern would get the good start in game two, grabbing a 6-3 lead and building the lead to 13-8 when Wabash had an answer. With Claire Cromer serving the Lady apaches would score 8 straight points and take the lead at 16-13. During the run Katie Ford had three kills with Ritter getting a kill and Cromer an ace. Wabash would hold the lead until 22-18 when Eastern made a run. The Comets went on a 5-0 run to grab a 23-22 lead before the Apaches derailed the train. Tied at 23 Katie Ford nailed a kill for the lead then Sydni Mullett stuffed a block for the final point as the Apaches won 25-23 and led 2-0.
Things were looking bleak for Wabash in game three as Eastern raced out to a 10-3 lead when the Apaches made a run. Mullett would score twice on tips and was followed with a kill from Taylor Cain and a kill form Ford as Wabash scored 7 straight to tie the score at 10. Eastern had the answer though, building their lead back to 18-12 and as close as Wabash could get was 21-18 before the Comets scored four straight to end game three 18-25.
It looked like the Apaches would rebound from game three when they took off to a 5-1 lead in game four. With Shelby Stone serving Wabash would get a tip and two kills form Sarah Ritter to grab the lead, but Eastern would answer and score 8 of the next 10 points to go up 9-7. The Comets would continue to build on their lead and were up 17-10 when Wabash made things interesting. Three aces from Claire Cromer sparked a 5-0 run as the Apaches trailed 15-17. With Eastern up 17-20 Ritter would kill again as Wabash scored three straight to tie the score at 20. Eastern would then score five straight to win game four 20-25 and force a fifth game.
After struggling the last two games, it carried over to game five as the Comets jumped out to a 4-9 lead. Wabash would then regroup with Mullett getting a kill while Kristin Cromer served two aces to cut the lead to 8-9. Down 10-12 the Apaches would go to Katie Ford who scored 4 of the next 6 game points with four kills as Wabash tied the score at 14. The Apaches would then force two Comets errors to win game five 16-14 and survive a 3-2 win.