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Raiders scuttle Clippers’ senior night

Alyssa Weldon goes for one of her 11 kills in varsity action at home against the Williamsburg Raiders. (photos by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– Seven seniors were recognized for their contributions to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) volleyball program on Senior Night, Tuesday, Sept. 30. Lauren Stopko, McKenzie Fuller, Bailey Butler, Dacia Lipkea, Hanna Stokes, Natalie Brimeyer and Jana Sefzik were honored just before the varsity march with the Williamsburg Raiders.
Unfortunately for the seventh-ranked (in Class 4A) Clippers, the un-ranked Raiders spoiled the special night by winning three games to two in an upset.
CCA took a 13-9 lead in the first set before the Raiders battled back to a one-point deficit at 22-21 in favor of the Clippers, who held on for a 25-23 win. In the second set, the Clippers were ahead 20-15 but endured a late four-point rally by the Raiders while pulling out a 25-19 victory.
The momentum shifted in the third set with the Clippers down 23-15, which led to coach Jackie Clubb calling for a timeout. This time it was CCA going on a four-point streak while holding the Raiders at bay. The Clippers still trailed 23-19 however, and fell 25-20. The ladies in blue again found themselves in a hole early in the fourth set, down 6-2 before another rally brought them to within one point at 11-10 in favor of the Raiders. The match was tied 12-12 before the Clippers powered ahead to a 19-15 lead. Williamsburg fought back and capitalized on some CCA errors, and the match tied again at 22-all before the Raiders made it a 2-2 match with the 25-23 win.
The fifth and final game saw the Clippers struggle before capsizing in a 15-5 loss.
The defeat dropped CCA to an 11-6 record while the Raiders improved to 9-11.
The Clippers will finish out the regular season at South Tama on Tuesday, Oct. 14.