Girls fall to Regina

Norv and Mary Coblentz · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The West Liberty volleyball team faced a much improved Regina team Sept. 16, losing the match in three sets.

"We were always coming from behind, and Regina just outplayed us," West Liberty Head Coach Ruben Galvan said. "We had a lot of mental errors. You just can't do that with a team like that."

The Comets fought hard, and all three sets were close. In the first, the teams played to a 4-4 tie with the Comets' points coming on kills by Hailey Daufeldt and Merideth Nichols, a Regina error, and a tip by Cassedi Simon.

The set was also tied at 5, 6, 7 and 8 before the Comets took the lead with Molly Kelly serving. Two violations by Regina, an ace by Kelly, and a hit into the net by Regina made it 12-8, West Liberty. The Regals took a time out.

The teams traded points until four West Liberty errors made it 14-14. A West Liberty net violation and a Regina ace made it 16-14. Kelly placed the ball for a West Liberty point, then Kayla Kaalberg served an ace to tie it 16-16. Regina scored with a tip, then hit the ball out of bounds for a 17-17 tie.

After a long volley, Regina scored with a kill. West Liberty hit the ball out of bounds, then Regina had a net serve. A Regina kill, ace and serve out of bounds made it 21-19, Regals. The teams traded points again, until the Comets scored two consecutive points on a Regina net violation and a kill by Kaalberg for a 23-22 Regina lead.

Regina got a kill for a 24-22 lead. A kill by Kaalberg and a tip by Audra Bridenstine tied the set at 24. Regina ended the set with a kill and an ace for a 26-24 win.

The second set was also very close, with 11 ties throughout. Each team had two errors for a 2-2 tie, then two more errors made it 3-3. Kaalberg got a kill, then Regina had a hit into the net and scored on a tip. West Liberty hit the ball into the net for a 5-5 tie.

A Regina error and a Regina violation made it 7-5, Comets. Kyleigh Becker's kill made it 8-5. Regina scored on a tip, then West Liberty made a five-point run. Regina hit the ball out of bounds, Becker got a block, then C. Simon scored with a second-touch placement. Bridenstine got a kill, and Regina hit the ball out of bounds for a 13-6 West Liberty lead.

Regina scored on a tip and two aces before a kill by Becker made it 14-9. Regina scored two points on a kill and a West Liberty error. A Regina error made it 15-11, West Liberty

Regina scored two more points on a kill and an ace, then a tip by Nichols made it 16-13, Comets. The Regals scored the next three points and tied the set at 16-16.

Daufeldt got a kill, then Regina got a kill. Becker scored with a placement, then the Comets had a serving error. A kill by Bridenstine was followed by a tip by the Regals. Nichols got a kill, then Regina got a kill, and the score was 20-20.

After a long volley, Regina scored on a kill, then a West Liberty violation made it 22-20, Regina. The Comets called a time out. A Regina net serve and a tap by Kaalberg tied the set at 22. Kelly had an ace, then Regina got a kill for another tie. The Comets had a violation, then C. Simon tied it at 24 with a second-touch tip. Two kills by Regina ended the set at 25-24.

The Comets dug themselves into a huge hole to begin the third set, and it ultimately cost them the set and the match. Regina started the set with an 11-0 run.

While the Comets fought, they ultimately lost the set 25-22 and the match 3-0.

"Huge win," Regina Head Coach Megan Eskew said. "We were really able to spread out our offense, and it obviously gave West Liberty a pretty hard time."

Even though the Comets clawed their way back into the game from an 11-0 deficit, "The bottom line, we still lost," Galvan said. "It doesn't make a difference if we made up a deficit of two or 15, we still lost the game. (Being down 11-0), that's unacceptable."
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