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Freeburg ends Columbia’s undefeated season

By on October 10, 2012 at 10:45 am

Two Freeburg defenders block Columbia’s Rachel Stone spike attempt Tuesday at Columbia High School. (Mark Hodapp photo)

The Freeburg Midgets had nothing to lose, but everything to gain Tuesday night in Columbia.

The once mighty Midgets gained a big confidence boost, pulling the biggest upset of the night.

Freeburg knocked off the previously unbeaten Columbia Eagles 25-19, 25-21, at Columbia High School.

The Eagles dropped to 25-1-1 overall, 8-1 in the Mississippi Division.

Columbia coach Kelly Landgraf didn’t find much comfort in the notion that it’s better to lose now than later in the playoffs.

“Everyone keeps telling me that,” she said. “I don’t know if that’s going to make me feel better right now. Maybe with any other group, I would say yes. Hopefully, it motivates them to get back at it and get refocused.”

The Eagles played the match without libero Lynsey Wehrenberg, who has a badly sprained ankle.

Wehrenberg injured her ankle two weeks ago. There is no timetable set as to when Wehrenberg will return. But Landgraf hopes to have her senior back for the upcoming regional.

Columbia missed Wehrenberg’s presence Tuesday as the Eagles seemed to play a step behind the Midgets.

“We were not ready defensively,” Landgraf said. “Our passing was not on tonight. Serve receive, we struggled. We either had the ball in the net or we had it behind the 10-foot line to set it.”

Freeburg improved to 15-13 overall, 5-4 in the Cahokia Conference’s Mississippi Division.

They also avenged a 25-14, 25-13 loss to the Eagles on Sept. 18. Freeburg coach Lesa Bolt told her team that it needed to “bring it all” prior to the start of the match.

“That’s pretty much where we are at,” she said.  “It’s toward the end of the season, and they have to find where they want to be at the end of the season.”

See next week’s Republic-Times for the complete story.

Mark Hodapp

Sports Editor