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10-14-03: Cavs take down Riders in two

Standard Correspondent

COLDWATER — Both Coldwater and St. Marys were teams looking to wind down the regular season last night at the Palace with a burst of momentum as the tournament looms on the horizon.
The Cavaliers finished on the positive side of the scoreboard, defeating St. Marys in two hard-fought games by finals of 15-12 and 15-12.
The win pushes the Orange and Black to 12-9 on the season, and they will close regular season competition Thursday night against the Fort Recovery Indians.
The Roughriders witness their record slip to 14-8 overall, and they will travel to Lima Bath on Saturday to face the Wildcats in the sectional tournament opener.
“I was very pleased to see the girls play a solid game both offensively and defensively tonight,” remarked first-year Cavalier head coach Jeanette Vaughn. “With the season coming to a close, it’s nice to have a little upswing in momentum before the start of the tournament.”
The Cavaliers opened the contest by denting the scoreboard first, but St. Marys quickly answered with a pair of successful serves from senior Krissy Haines to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. Coldwater tied the game at 2-2 a short time later, but the Roughriders came back with three straight points to take a 5-2 lead.
Coldwater stormed back with four points from junior Amanda Harting and senior Alyssa Vogel to take a 6-5 lead. St. Marys responded with another pair of points to go up 7-6, but from there it was all Coldwater for the games next several points.
Harting served up four straight and the home team was in charge, 10-7. A pair of sideouts by each team and the Cavaliers hung another three points from the serving of senior Jackie Kahlig.
Trailing 13-7, the Roughriders battled back, getting as close as 13-12, however, it was not enough. The Cavaliers nailed the games final two points as Harting and Vogel’s service points, secured their teams’ opening-game win.
“Tonight we did the same little things wrong that we’ve done in most of our other losses this season,” commented St. Marys head coach Monica Vnaderhorst. “We need to be more consistent, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Hopefully we learned from our mistakes tonight and we can get them straightened out and be ready for the tournament to start this weekend. We can’t continue to make the same mistakes, because if we do, we’ll be in a lot of trouble on Saturday.”
St. Marys began the second game with two quick points from junior Maggie Hegemier, but Harting answered for the Cavaliers with a pair of successful serves of her own to tie the game at 2-2. The teams traded points before Coldwater scored back-to-back points to take a 5-3 lead.
St. Marys scored the games next five points, and the Cavaliers faced an 8-5 deficit as Harting stepped to the line once again. She picked up a point and Vogel added two more a short time later to tie the game at 8-8.
Krissy Haines picked up a pair of points for the Roughriders to put them ahead 10-8, but Kahlig made sure the lead was short-lived as she scored two points to knot the contest at 10-10.
The teams traded points two more times, but from there it was all Orange and Black.
With the battle tied at 12-12, Coldwater freshman Karla Niekamp scored two straight counters to give her team a two-point lead at 14-12. With junior Danielle Goubeaux at the serving line a short while later, the Cavaliers secured the game two victory as a kill by Kahlig went unreturned by the visitors.
“We have one game left before tournament starts,” explained Vaughn. “Fort Recovery is a very good team and the girls need to go into that game and play like they are capable. Hopefully the rest can take care of itself and we can then concentrate on the post-season.”
The junior varsity contest was won by St. Marys in three games, 10-15, 16-14, and 15-10.


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