The Manchester volleyball team came out swinging against Columbia City Tuesday, winning game one before falling the next three in a 25-21, 14-25, 20-25, 20-25 loss.
The Lady Squires controlled most of game one and used three small runs to take the game. Tied at 8 Corrie Osborne would nail a kill that started a 6-0 run to give Manchester a 14-8 lead. Kendra Binkley had a kill and Cierra Carter an ace during the run. The Squires would not give up their lead, but the Eagles did cut into it and made it 21-20 before Carter had a kill and a block, then ended the game with a kill for a 25-21 win.
Trailing 7-6 in game two the wheels fell off for Manchester. Columbia City would score 9 of the next 11 points as they cruised to a 25-14 win to tie the night 1-1.
Manchester would get back on track to start game three, taking a 5-1 lead. The Eagles would score the next five to go up 6-5, but behind Kendra Binkley the Squires would score 8 of the next 12 points to lead 13-10. Again the Squires would hit a slump with Columbia City going on a 9-1 run to take a 19-14 lead. Carter would then get a tip with Kendra Auler serving an ace, followed by Varter serving an ace on her turn to cut the lead to 21-18, but just couldn’t get over the hump, falling 25-20.
Early in game four it looked as though the Squires would force a game five. Trailing 9-8 Auler would go on an ace spree with 3 as the Squires jumped out to a 13-9 lead before once more the wheels fell off. Columbia City would score 8 of the next 10 and keep their foot on the gas as they took game four 25-20 and the match 3-1.
For the Varsity, aces were led by Auler with 3 aces followed by Carter & Binkley with 2 and Casper making 1. In offense our leading hitter was Binkley ending the night with 10 kills, C. Osborne collected 7, Carter & Day each had 5, A. Osborne put away 2, rounded out by McKee with 1. At the net, blocks were led by Carter with a solo block and a block assist. Block assists were also made by Day, C. Osborne, and Binkley. Setter Auler led with 14 assists followed by C. Osborne with 7 and hitter A. Osborne contributed 1. To finish up our night, digs were recorded for Carter with 17, followed by Casper with 14, C. Osborne had 10, Eichenauer grabbed 9, Auler got up 5, Binkley & West managed 4, A. Osborned saved 2, and both Day & McKee helped with 1.
The junior varsity fell to Columbia City 19-25, 16-25
For the JV, in the back row our digs were led by duo Rosen and Wagoner with 8 each. West gathered 6 followed by Fields with 4 and Lauer grabbed one dig. Defense at the net was a block assist by team Rosen and Wagoner again. At the back line, aces were led by Fields with 4 and the only other team ace belonged to Wagoner. Kills were led by Lauer with 3 and then Rosen put away 2 and Fields got 1 kill. Assists were led by Casper with 3 and West input 1.