COLE CAMP — It was a sluggish start for the Cole Camp Lady Bluebirds on Thursday against Sacred Heart, but they battled back from down nine in the first set and controlled the second set to win 28-26, 25-9.
With the win, Cole Camp finished the season with a 10-0 record in conference play to win the Kaysinger title outright after sharing it with Stover and Green Ridge last season.
“We didn’t even lose a set this year, not even in the conference tournament,” said Cole Camp coach Abby Massingill. “These girls have shown that they want it.”
It was going smoothly for Sacred Heart for most of the first set, taking a 21-12 lead before Cole Camp went on a 10-1 run to tie the game.
Cole Camp trailed 11-8 before Sacred Heart went on a 6-0 run.
Anna Callis got one of her team-leading nine kills to start the run.
A Laura Wadley ace and a Anna Callis kill finished the run off to give Sacred Heart a 17-8 lead.
Savannah Dieckmann got Cole Camp going when it was down 21-12. She got a kill and a block to get the Lady Bluebirds within seven.
Bailey Heimsoth got two of her three aces on the night back-to-back to get Cole Camp within two.
Sacred Heart later had miscommunication on who should hit the ball off a set, tying the game at 22-22.
“We served well, we hit well, we set well, we talked poorly in the first set,” said Sacred Heart coach David Fall. “… Very thrilled with the passes, the sets, the serves in game one.”
A Sacred Heart hit out of bounds and a Madi Cook block ended up closing out the first game.
“We started passing better and I think after that first set, getting down, they realized what we needed to do and started taking care of business,” Massingill said.
Cole Camp carried that momentum and came out of the gates with an 8-1 lead in the second set.
Dieckmann got two straight kills to cap off the early run. she ended up with five kills.
Alyssa Oelrichs later made it 15-3 with a kill. She had two kills and 14 assists.
An Oelrichs set for Gabi Mallard closed out the night.
“I think all the steam went out,” Fall said. “I think we did everything we could except talk in game one and it’s tough to rebound after that.”
Mallard had four kills. Lyza Jamerson had 10 digs and two kills. Libero Alyssa Chump had five digs.
Cole Camp will play Sherwood at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Class 2, District 13 tournament in Windsor. The winner of that game will play the winner of Adrian/Windsor in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“It’s going to be a dog fight to get to that championship game,” Massingill said.
Sacred Heart will host the Class 1, District 10 tournament Monday and Tuesday. The Gremlins will play Lincoln at 6:45 p.m. Monday with the winner playing Green Ridge in the semifinals at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
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