COLE CAMP — Versailles dropped the first game before rallying back to beat Cole Camp 15-25, 25-21, 26-24 in a non-conference volleyball match on Monday.
Tessa Edgar had seven kills to pace a balanced attack for the Lady Tigers.
“This is probably the most intense game that we’ve had and we played well together and it helped,” said Versailles coach Brenda Campbell. “… We played aggressive at the net and we haven’t done that in a while.”
After winning game one, Cole Camp had early leads in games two and three but could not hold off Versailles. When the Lady Tigers led in the final two games, they rarely led by much, but in both games it was enough.
“When the game’s on the line, we just backed off,” said Cole Camp coach Abby Massingill. “We need somebody that’s going to want the ball in their hands when the game’s on the line and I didn’t see anybody step up (Monday) and want to make the big play. We started playing passive. Our defense was slowing down. Our blocking was off and nobody wanted to hit the ball.”
Cole Camp led 3-0 in game three before Ali Lent took advantage of an overpass, helping the Lady Tigers fight back to a 6-6 tie.
A kill by Alyssa Oelrichs put Cole Camp in front 9-6 but again Versailles rallied to tie the game and took a 14-12 lead on back-to-back overpasses knocked down by Edgar.
The game went back and forth through six more ties. A Cole Camp hit out of bounds put Versailles on the brink of winning before Bailey Heimsoth answered with a kill to tie it 24-24. Edgar responded with a kill and Versailles closed out the game moments later.
Campbell said that defensively it is one of the better games the Lady Tigers have put together this season.
“We were making some blocks but then in addition we were knocking the ball down in front of us,” Campbell said. “Still, I was real pleased with their performance.”
Massingill felt some of the Versailles success getting a block up later in the match came from Cole Camp being too predictable.
“We were just out of our game,” she said. “Our passing wasn’t there, our defense wasn’t there so we got really predictable which allowed them to block us. We’ve got to be smarter about moving the ball around and reading the blocks.”
A pair of big runs paced the Bluebirds in the first game. Lyza Jamerson broke a 4-4 tie with a kill and Cole Camp went on to score the next seven points. Versailles rallied back to tie it but Cole Camp put together another big run. Taylor Viebrock started it off with an ace to put Cole Camp ahead 15-14 and kills from Savannah Dieckman, Alyssa Oelrichs and Bailey Heimsoth helped Cole Camp take 11 of the last 12 points to win the set.
“In the first game they came out focused, ready to play, knowing what they had to do,” Massingill said. “Everybody just did their job out there.”
Oelrichs had four aces, five kills and 22 assists for Cole Camp. Heimsoth added four kills and 14 digs. Jamerson had eight kills and 18 digs.
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