In three close sets, Cambridge City Lincoln was able to make enough plays to come out on top and knock off host Rushville 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 in volleyball action Wednesday.

The first set opened with the teams playing to a 2-2 tie before the Eagles ran off five straight points. Rushville’s Keragan Niehoff put down a kill to end the run and get the Lady Lions back on the board.

Another Niehoff kill and Rushville tip had the deficit down to 7-5.

Lincoln’s Jordan Bryant had a kill to push the lead to three, but the Lady Lions fought back to tie the game on an Allison Wainwright serve.

With the score even at 9-9, Lincoln went on a 5-0 run and eventually extended the lead to six points at 18-12. A Wainwright attack off the Eagle block and Morgan VanNatta serve had the deficit down to four.

Rushville fought to close the gap to two points on a Niehoff kill and Jacquelyn Hastings tip. At 21-18, back-to-back attacks by Niehoff got the Lady Lions within one at 21-20. That was all for Rushville as Lincoln scored the next four points to take the first set 25-20.

In the second set, the teams opened to a 3-3 tie. Rushville took the lead on an Autumn Meece jump-serve ace. The Eagles made a run and scored the next seven points to lead 10-4.

The Lady Lions fought back with five straight points, including a Hastings block of the Eagle attack. Rushville closed the gap to one on a Hastings kill and Niehoff serve, but the Eagles were able to push the lead back to four at 16-12. Rushville cut the deficit to two on occasions. The final time was at 21-19 on a Wainwright tip.

Lincoln again finished strong – scoring the final four points to win the second set 25-19.

In the third set, the Eagles looked to close out the victory quickly.

Lincoln jumped out to an 8-1 lead. Rushville was not done. Three points off Niehoff attacks, a Meece ace and Hastings tip had the Lady Lions back within two points.

Later in the set, a Casey Yager block cut the Eagle lead to two points at 13-11. Rushville could not get any closer until 22-20. Unfortunately for the Lady Lions, the Eagles scored the next three points to close out the set and the match.

In the junior varsity match, Rushville posted the 25-23, 25-18 win.

For the Lady Lions, Tessa Hoeing had three aces, one assist and five digs. Emma Harpring added three kills. McKenzie Woolston had two assists and two digs. Jayce Ullah-Block finished with two kills, one assist and one block. Brenna Hall added one ace and 10 digs. Sam Dye had two kills, 11 digs, one assist and one block. Brooke Drake added one dig and one assist. Darbi Mello had a dig. Carissa Comstock finished with two aces, four assists and one dig. Tori Colestock had one kill and one block.

Pirate spikers top Lady Lions in three

GREENSBURG - The Lady Lion volleyball team traveled to Greensburg and fell to the Lady Pirates in three sets 25-21, 25-21, 28-26. Rushville is now 5-13 on the season.

For the Lady Lions, Allison Wainwright had one ace, seven kills, one block and 11 digs. Autumn Meece tallied a team-high 23 digs. Casey Yager added five kills and one dig. Jacquelyn Hastings had one ace, two kills and one block. Kayla Shelton finished with four kills and one dig. Keely Springman had one ace, two kills, one block, 27 assists and six digs. Keragan Niehoff led the team with 12 kills and added 10 digs. McKenzie Woolston had three digs. Morgan VanNatta finished with one assist and one dig. Sarah Daubenspeck had one dig.

In the junior varsity match, Greensburg held off the Lady Lions in three sets 17-25, 25-21, 15-10.

The Lady Lions had six aces, 10 kills, three blocks, nine assists and 30 digs. Coach Springman complimented the serving of Tessa Hoeing, Emma Harpring, Darbi Mello, Sam Dye and Brooke Drake. Tori Colestock had two blocks. Brenna Hall added five digs. Carissa Comstock had seven digs. Woolston added six assists and Jayce Ullah-Block had four kills.

Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222 x114


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