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by By Norv and Mary Coblentz · September 18, 2012


The Comets’ volleyball team, ranked sixth in Class 3A and in their first action in more than a week, defeated Regina 3-0 at West Liberty Sept. 10. Scores were 25-19, 25-13, 25-19.

In the first game, the Comets led the whole way after a 1-1 tie. Moly Kelly, who was 14-14 for the night serving, led the Comets’ serving rotation. Regina made two errors then got a kill for a 3-2 West Liberty edge. Kennedi Simon scored a point for West Liberty, then a Comets’ kill attempt went out of bounds. Cassedi Simon surprised the Regals with a second-touch tip for a point, then Regina had two violations for a 7-3 score. Kristi Feldman had one of her five kills in the match, smoking it to the corner for an 8-3 tally.

Regina executed a kill, then Marissa Kelly got a kill. West Liberty had a serving error to make it 9-5. Marissa Kelly dove to the floor for a nice save which allowed Kathy Kaalberg to score a point with a kill. The Regals were in the net, then the Comets hit the ball out of bounds. Kaalberg got a kill, then Sydney Warson, who led the Comets in kills on the night, got a kill for a 13-6 score. Three West Liberty errors and a Regina ace brought the Regals to within three, 13-10. Kills by K. Simon and Warson were followed by a Comets’ error and a Regina ace.

K. Simon got another kill, then a serving error gave the ball to the Regals. Marissa Kelly got two consecutive kills, then Regina was called for a net violation. The score was 19-13. A net serve and two Comets errors pulled the Regals back to within three points at 19-16.

Marissa Kelly got a kill, then a net violation gave Regina a point. Kaalberg’s third kill of the game mad it 21-18, then Marissa Kelly served up two consecutive aces. The Regals called a time out.

The Comets had a serving error, then Feldman got a block.

The final point came on a kill on the line by K. Simon.

The second game was close at the beginning with ties at 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7. A block by Kaalberg and Feldman made it 8-7, and another Comets block made it 9-7. A kill by Warson and a placement by Feldman made it 11-7, and Regina called a time out. Two violations by the Comets made it 11-9, then Regina hit the ball into the net. Kills by K. Simon and Warson made it 14-9. Regina hit the ball out of bounds, then Warson got a kill to end a long volley. Regina hit the ball in the net, Kaalberg got a block, then Regina had a net violation to put the Comets’ lead in double digits, 19-9.

Regina had a kill out of bounds, but the Comets tipped the ball. A great dig by Marissa Kelly saved an ace, and the Comets scored another point. Regina got a kill then had a violation. The Comets had a kill attempt go out of bounds, then K. Simon got a kill. She then served an ace. A Regina violation, a Regina point, and a kill try out of bounds for the Regals ended the game at 25-13.

Needing just one more win to end the evening, the Comets got off to a slow start in the third game. Regina scored first with a block, then a serving error tied the game. Two Regina kills were followed by a kill by Warson. A block by Regina, a kill try by the Comets that went out of bounds, and another block by the Regals made it 6-2, Regina. Marissa Kelly got two kills to pull the Comets to within two at 6-4. Then a kill try went out for the Comets. Regina had a net serve. C. Simon served an ace to bring the Comets to within one at 7-6, then Regina couldn’t get the ball over the net,and the game was tied. The Comets scored two more points on Regina errors before a serving error gave the serve back to Regina.

Feldman got a kill, then a block by the Comets and a serving error by the Comets made it 11-9, West Liberty. Two aces by Regina tied the game at 11. Then a net serve by the Regals and a kill by Regina tied it at 12. Regina took the lead with another kill, then three West Liberty errors gave the Regals a 16-12 lead. The Comets took a time out.

The next five points belonged to West Liberty. Regina hit the ball into the net, then with Grace Jedlicka serving, K. Simon got a kill. Another ball in the net by the Regals was followed by a tip by Warson after a long volley to tie the game at 16. A block by K. Simon gave the Comets a 17-16b advantage, and the Regals took a time out.

Regina tied it one more time with a kill for a 17-17 score. A tricky tip by K. Simon gave the Comets the lead. Marissa Kelly got a kill, then Maddie Simon served up two aces for the Comets for a 21-17 score. The Regals took another time out.

Regina got a kill to pull to within three. A second-touch tip by C. Simon and a hit in the net by Regina made it 23-19, West Liberty. The Comets hit the ball into the net. The final two points came on a kill on the line by Marissa Kelly and a hit in the net by Regina.

Regina Head Coach Megan Streb said, “We hung in there. We played well at times, but we just couldn’t get over the hump.”

West Liberty Head Coach Melissa Brockway was pleased with how her team worked through their mistakes. “ I was really proud of the front line for always working through their errors and always working to find the next hole on the court. I think they did a really good job of rising above their errors, rising about the other team’s good plays, and always finding a way to score.

“It was very important that (Regina) gave us a good fight. We got beat up on last weekend at the Muscatine tournament. It was a very good experience for us to experience failure.”

With no matches last week, the Comets have had time to work on their game. “We’ve really had time to break down the fundamentals and just prepare,” Brockway said. “We worked a lot on using our serve as a weapon, and I think it showed tonight.”

The Comets’ next match is against Wilton Sept. 12 at West Liberty. It is the team’s breast cancer awareness night, and people have the opportunity to donate a set amount of money, or they can pledge a certain amount per dig. Wear pink.

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West Liberty stats: Kristi Feldman 5 kills, 1 block; Grace Jedlicka 4 digs, 6-7 serving; Kathy Kaalberg 5 kills, 6 digs, 4-5 serving, 2 aces; Molly Kelly 10 digs, 14-14 serving; Cassedi Simon 3 kills, 20 assists, 3 digs, 9-11 serving, 1 ace; Hayley Simon 2 digs, 5-6 serving; Kennedi Simon 6 kills, 1 dig, 1 block, 13-15 serving, 1 ace; Maddie Simon 4 digs, 6-6 serving, 2 aces; Sydney Warson 7 kills, 3 digs, 1-3 serving.

Regina stats: not available

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