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Columbia off to best start in school history

By on September 12, 2012 at 11:04 am

Columbia’s Kendall Roessler spikes the ball over Waterloo’s Lisa Liefer (5) and Rockie Kelly (9) Thursday. (John Spytek photo)

Behind a balanced offensive and defensive attack, the Columbia High School girls volleyball team proved to be too much for Waterloo to handle Thursday night at Waterloo High School.

With the 25-16 , 25-18 win,  the Eagles remain perfect on the season at 13-0, which is the best start in program history.

Columbia coach Kelly Landgraf said she was a little displeased with her bunch’s performance.

“They have so much talent and they can do so much better,” she said. “They wanted to come to Waterloo and show that, but they didn’t.”

Waterloo falls to 3-5 with the loss.

Columbia sophomore Megan Huffmann — the Eagles’ top setter — missed the match with a concussion.

Landgraf said she hoped to have Huffman back for Tuesday’s match-up against Breese Central.

Columbia middle hitter Savannah Wittenbrink said she missed having Huffmann in the line up against Waterloo.

“I was a little nervous, but I think we managed tonight,” she said.

Wittenbrink and Erika Varel led the Eagles with six kills apiece against Waterloo.

Columbia defensive specialist Tessa Amsden had six aces. Marissa Modglin led Waterloo with five kills. Lisa Liefer led the Bulldogs with four blocks.

On Saturday, Columbia returned to action, winning the Mascoutah Invitational at Mascoutah High School.

Gibault (8-2) threatened to break Columbia’s undefeated win streak, but the Eagles pulled through, winning 25-21,  25-19.

Gibault finished the tourney in second.

Courtney Schutt and Courtney Loveau had big tourneys for Heather Ebert’s Hawks. Schutt led Gibault  with nine kills.

Louveau had all but one of Gibault’s 26 assists.
(With reporting by Teryn Schaefer)

Mark Hodapp

Sports Editor