TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers have had a real workout lately on the volleyball floor, battling through a pair of five-set matches leading up to a hard-fought four-set match Tuesday, Sept. 11, at home.
After downing Center Point-Urbana 3-2 on Sept. 4, and falling 2-3 to Mount Vernon on Sept. 6, the Clippers entertained the Marion Indians and prevailed 3-1.
Marion struck first in the starting set, but the Creek Girls overcame the deficit, tying it at 6-6 and pulling ahead to a 19-13, holding on for a 25-19 win. In set two, Marion took a timeout to regroup while down 14-12 to the Clippers, but CCA again held on for the win, 25-21.
The tables turned in the third set as the Indians pulled-off a 25-21 win, sending the match into a fourth set, in which the Clippers fought tooth and nail for a 25-23 win.
“I have to give credit to Marion,” coach Brian Bronzynski said. “They played extremely hard. They have a group of very young hitters for the most part with a setter (that) has been a standout defensive specialist.
“(The Indians) will be a force to deal with in the post season,” Bronzynski added, calling them a “feisty, scrappy group of young ladies.”
The coach also had praise for his crew, saying he was pleased with the progress the team has made in the last week.
CCA improved to a 6-3 record overall.
Amy Kalkhoff led offensively with 18 kills, Maliah Fligg had 13. Alyssa Weldon made 11 and Hanna Stokes had eight. Kate Hergert made 28 assists, Fligg had 20. Natalie Brimeyer led defensively with five blocks while Fligg, Kalkhoff and Tara Walls had four each. Michelle Lutz led in ace serves with three, and made 12 of 15 serves. Hergert was a perfect 12-12 in serves with an ace; Walls went 13-15 with an ace and Weldon made 14-16 with a pair of aces.
The Clippers return to their home court on Tuesday, Oct. 2, as Benton Community comes to town for a full slate of competition with freshmen, sophomores, junior varsity and varsity squads in action.