Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Senior Cougar Tyona Robbins at the net against the Manhattan Tigers while senior Jessica Allsup backs her up.

Tough win over Joliet

In a hard-fought match that went to five closely guarded sets, the Columbus Cougars defeated conference-foe Joliet, 25-23, 20-25, 26-24, 13-25, 15-11. It was the Cougars’ first conference win.
“We were prepared, knowing what they like to do on offense,” Columbus head coach Jill Lowell said. “Our defense played amazing.”
The J-Hawks came in with a big height advantage, but the younger team lacked the savvy power the Cougars had on Senior Night in Columbus on Oct. 10.
“They are a great group of seniors with amazing leadership skills,” Lowell said. “I couldn’t ask for a better group of all-around girls.”
While the Cougars hustled across the court making tremendous digs and saves, the J-Hawks stumbled volley after volley with self-inflicted errors.
Leading the Cougars was senior Carli Dyba with 10 of the team’s 36 kills and two of the team’s six blocks. Freshman Morgan Kirch had five of the Cougars’ 16 aces, senior Mykaila Berry posted 19 of the team’s 31 assists, and senior Kylee Gullings had 18 of the team’s 50 digs.
For the J-Hawks, senior Annie Cook and junior Libby Zorn each contributed eight of the team’s 28 kills. Junior Shalee Unger had five of the team’s 11 aces, and junior Holly Nowak had five of Joliet’s 10 blocks. Cooke and sophomore Nicole Stevenson each contributed 10 of the team’s 23 assists, and Zorn posted 15 of the team’s 48 digs.
In Manhattan on Oct. 8, the Columbus Cougars won the second set but lost the match to the Tigers, 25-20, 20-25, 25-16, 25-11.
‘We just didn’t come to play,” Lowell said. “Lack of mental focus.”
The teams were closely matched in kills, aces and assists, but the Tigers posted nine blocks to the Cougars’ four.
Cougar senior Jessica Allsup had nine of the team’s 32 kills and five the the team’s aces in the loss. Gullings had 13 of the Cougars’ 44 digs, and Berry had 20 of the team’s 29 assists.
The Tigers were led by senior Sophia Wass with 12 kills and six blocks. Freshman Matilda Dietz had three aces, junior Jolena Grevious had 25 assists, and senior Kennedy Grubich had 15 digs.
To round out the week, the Cougars also lost to the Huntley Project on Oct. 13 at home, 25-12, 25-9, 25-12.
The Red Devils posted 32 kills to the Cougars’ 10, led by sophomore Ashton Albrecht, who also had two of the team’s eight aces.
Columbus posted one ace, by Allsup, while defending the net with eight blocks to Huntley Project’s three, led by Dyba’s four.
The Cougars are now 1-7 in conference and 4-10 overall. Next up, they travel to Roundup to play the Panthers on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

From gazprepsports
Manhattan def. Columbus
25-20, 20-25, 25-16, 25-11
Columbus (5-10, 0-6): Kills: 32 (Jessica Allsup 9). Blocks: 4. Aces: 11 (Allsup 5). Digs: 44 (Kylee Gullings 13). Assists: 28 (Mykaila Berry 20).
Manhattan: Kills: 34 (Sophia Wass 12). Blocks: 9 (Wass 6). Aces: 9 (Matilda Dietz 3). Digs: 57 (Kennedy Grubich 15). Assists: 29 (Jolena Grevious 25).

Columbus def. Joliet
25-23, 20-25, 26-24, 13-25, 15-11
Columbus: Kills 36 (Carli Dyba 10), Digs 50 (Kylee Gullings 18), Aces 16 (Morgan Kirch 5), Assists 31 (Mykaila Berry 19), Blocks 6 (Carli Dyba 2).
Joliet: Kills 28 (Annie Cooke 8, Libby Zorn 8), Assists 23 (Nicole Stevenson 10, Cooke 10), Blocks 10 (Holly Nowak 5), Digs 48 (Zorn 15), Aces 11 (Shalee Unger 5).

Huntley Project def. Columbus
25-12, 25-9, 25-12
Huntley Project: Kills 32 (Ashton Albrecht 10), Assists 27 (Keera Stookey 27), Aces 8 (Albrecht 2, Faith Taylor 2), Digs 48 (Kenzie Seitz 13), Blocks 3 (Tessa Hultgren 3).
Columbus: Kills 10 (Carli Dyba 3), Assists 9 (Mykaila Berry 6), Aces 1 (Jessica Allsup 1), Digs 30 (Allsup 6, Kylee Gullings 6), Blocks 8 (Dyba 4).