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Cougars knock off Clay City on Eels' Senior Night

Thursday, October 11, 2012

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Clay City seniors (from left) Mackenzee McKittrick, Halli Brewer, Callie Dayhuff and Chloe Kittle were honored prior to the match. [Order this photo]
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

CLAY CITY -- The final regular season tune-up for the volleyball postseason proved to be a tall task for Clay City on Senior Night as the Bloomington North Cougars posted a 25-9, 25-17, 25-21 victory over the Eels.

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Chloe Kittle blasts a kill through the Cougars' defense. [Order this photo]
Needing a near perfect effort against a sizable Cougars' side, the Eels struggled in serve receive and made too many errors with their own serves to mount consistent threats in the loss.

Bloomington North jumped out quickly in the opening game, jumping to a 14-3 lead after an ace and back-to-back kills by Alivia Coon. The Eels couldn't get in sync early on and the Cougars capitalized by finishing the set with a pair of aces on top of a pair of Clay City hitting errors.

The Eels settled in a bit during the second game, remaining in striking distance through the middle of the set. A pair of kills by Halli Brewer got the Eels within 11-8, but Alyssa Yocom sent an attack wide. North had a pair of service errors that aided Clay City to get to 14-12. However, the Cougars scored four straight points to open a gap before a kill by Callie Dayhuff. Bloomington North responded with an ace by Kelley Wisely and a kill by Coon opened the gap to 21-14 and the Cougars were able to finish out game two on an 11-4 run.

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Alyssa Yocom leaps for an attack against the Cougars. [Order this photo]
The final game of the evening was Clay City's best effort as Dayhuff provided six kills in the set.

She tied the game at 9-all with one of her attack before 6'2 hitter, Trini Detwiler nailed down a kill along with Coon. Wisley served up an ace as the lead grew to 13-9 for the Cougars. The Eels weren't going quietly however as Brewer answered with a kill, Dayhuff posted an ace and Brewer followed with a resounding block.

With momentum hanging in the balance and Clay City trailing just 15-13, a service error halted the run. Chloe Kittle followed with a kill for the Eels, but another missed serve gave the ball back to the Cougars.

The teams traded several points before a kill and an ace by North opened a 20-15 lead. Clay City followed with back-to-back aces from Chloe Kittle to get within 20-18, but North was able to escape with the win after an Eels' serve went long on match point.

The Eels open defense of their sectional title at home on Thursday with a match against Eminence at 7 p.m.