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10-03-03: ’Cats need three to defeat Cavs

Standard Correspondent

COLDWATER — The state-ranked Minster Wildcat volleyball team remains unbeaten, but barely.
The Wildcats had all they could handle Thursday night before subduing the Coldwater Cavaliers 15-9, 7-15, 15-3 in a Midwest Athletic Conference matchup at the Palace.
Although the loss in game two snapped a 35-game winning streak for Minster, it did improve to 18-0 overall in match play and 6-0 in conference play. Coldwater falls to 2-4 in the MAC and 8-7 overall.
“Getting beat in the second game might be the best thing that happened to us this year because it gets that monkey off our back,” said Minster coach Rick Carter. “We know how to win, and the kids came back and showed what they were made of.”
In the first game, Minster jumped out to an early 6-2 lead before Coldwater rallied to tie the score at nine.
“We came out and played just the way we wanted to play,” said Coldwater coach Jeanette Vaughn. “Our big focus was the middle and we did a good job of handling Robyn Hoying. Katie Homan had 14 blocks and Jackie Kahlig had eight blocks, so we did the job we had to do.”
Minster scored the game’s last six points to win the first game. The key for the ’Cats down the stretch in game one was the play of Hoying, who contributed three offense kills.
In game two, playing perhaps some of their best ball of the season, Coldwater never trailed in handing the ’Cats their first game loss of the season. Two kills by Jackie Kahlig and a Minster hitting error gave the Cavs an early 4-1 lead.
Minster rallied back to cut the deficit to 4-3 on back-to-back kills by Hoying but that was to be as close as they were to come as Coldwater scored the game’s next three point to make it 7-3. Karla Niekamp and Katie Homan combined on a block, Niekamp had a solo block and Homan and Brittany Klenke combined for a block for the three points.
Minster came as close as 9-6, but Coldwater scored four straight to regain control of the game at 13-6. Two Minster errors and kills by the Cavaliers’ Alyssa Vogel and Niekamp accounted for the points.
After a kill by the Cats’ Danae Spieles made the score 13-7, Coldwater moved to game point on a combined block by Homan and Klenke. After an exchange of sideouts, the Cavaliers closed out the game on a kill by Homan.
“We did exactly what we wanted to do, we got the momentum by playing well,” said Vaughn. “We played solid and did exactly what we wanted to do.”
“Coldwater came in here and played some of their best ball of the year,” said Carter. “They played awesome, they blocked the heck out of us and we had not seen blocking like that at all this year.
Coldwater grabbed an early 1-0 lead in game three as Kahlig and Vogel combined on a block, but that was to be the last hurrah of the match for the Cavaliers.
Minster had the answer, as it got on the board on a pair of kills by Valarie Bornhorst and a pair of miscues by the Cavs to take the lead for good at 4-1.
After an exchange of sideouts, Minster put the game and the match out of reach as it scored seven straight points on the serve of Hoyng to take an 11-1 lead. Bornhorst, Laura Gruber and Spieles contributed kills during the spurt.
The Cats closed out the match on a pair of kills by Bornhorst, a kill by Spieles and a Coldwater hitting error.
“In the third game we began to run things a little quicker offensively,” said Carter. “In the first two games we were setting things way too high and they would block it back on us, so we started to run things a little quicker and it got things going for us.”
“Mental lapses cost us the third game,” said Vaughn. “Mental things started creeping back and they haunted us in the third game, like they have hurt us all year long. We’re a young team and we’ll get better at those things, in fact we’ve been getting better at the mental game but against teams like that you have to eliminate more of the mistakes then we did tonight.”
Coldwater returns to action Saturday as it hosts the Knap’s Invitational. Minster returns to play on Tuesday hosting New Knoxville.


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