WINDSOR — It was an up and down night for Cole Camp on Wednesday in the Class 2, District 13 tournament, but the No. 3 seed Lady Bluebirds came out on top 25-23, 11-25, 25-22 over top-seeded Holden to win their third straight district title.
“I knew it would be a dog fight just to get to the championship game,” said Cole Camp coach Abby Massingill. “I think my girls have proven all season long that they are ready to fight and they turn it on when they need to.”
Neither team led by more than six in the third set. Cole Camp’s largest lead was 24-18 after a Gabi Mallard kill and Holden hit out of bounds. Mallard had 13 kills on the night.
The Lady Eagles battled back to make it 24-22. Holden got a block to make it 24-21 and a tap over the net got Holden within two, but Lyza Jamerson finished off the night with her fifth kill of the match and 10th kill of the night.
After falling behind 4-1 in the first set, Cole Camp got going.
An Alyssa Oelrichs set for a Savannah Dieckmann kill tied it up a 4-4. Oelrichs had 27 total assists for the night. She also had 11 kills and 14 digs.
Lauren Baalman had 24 assists Wednesday.
Oelrichs assisted Bailey Heimsoth for a kill to make it 14-10. Heimsoth had 15 kills and 24 digs on the night.
“She is our go-to girl out there and she really knows how to move the ball around well,” Massingill said.
Holden made a run and tied it up at 16 apiece with back-to-back aces.
Oelrichs’ kill later gave Cole Camp a 20-19 lead and Jamerson got back-to-back points to take a three-point advantage.
Holden got within one with a kill to make it 24-23, but Cole Camp finished off the set with a 25-23 win to start the match.
Holden controlled the second set, taking a 6-1 early lead. The Lady Eagles later had a 7-0 run to go up 15-5 and they closed out the set on a 6-0 run to take it 25-11.
In the semifinal against Adrian, Cole Camp wasn’t on its game early and lost the first set 25-17.
Heimsoth was rolling in the early going, getting three kills to give Cole Camp a 3-1 lead in the first set of the semifinal.
Adrian later took an 11-10 lead off an ace and extended it to 17-13 with an Anna Walley kill.
“I’ve kind of gotten to the point where I kind of expect a slow start,” Massingill said. “It just takes one or two plays to get our momentum going and they turned it around. We haven’t made anything easy yet this year so why start now?”
Cole Camp got going in the second and third sets, winning 25-20 and 25-14.
The Lady Bluebirds were either tied or led Adrian from the 2-1 mark in the second set until the end of the match.
A Mallard ace and a Oelrichs kill closed out the third set.
Cole Camp will play St. Paul Lutheran for sectionals on Saturday at St. Paul. The winner will advance to face Barstow or Bishop LeBlond in the quarterfinal.
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.