Waterloo’s Mia Reed rejects a spike from Gibault’s Lauren Goldschmidt on Thursday night. (Alan Dooley photo)
By ALAN DOOLEY
The Waterloo Bulldogs varsity volleyball squad prevailed over cross-town rival Gibault in three thrilling sets Thursday night in the Gibault gymnasium.
The opening round saw both teams trade leads early, with neither being able to gain more than a single point lead. Later in the contest, Gibault stretched its lead out to 17-12 and 18-13. But Waterloo came back to make it close before Gibault finally outlasted them, 25-23.
The second set began in Gibault’s favor, until Waterloo finally clawed its way back even at 12-12. A back-and-forth contest again ensued before Waterloo was finally able to pull away for a 25-22 victory in that set.
Waterloo looked ready to take over in the deciding set, pulling away 19-12 at one point, before Gibault came storming back to narrow the gap. In the end, the Bulldogs outlasted the Hawks and ended the third set at 25-20 to take the evening’s contest.
Waterloo head coach Angie Crawford said her team really showed determination and an unwillingness to give up.
“This is the kind of intensity I have tried to instill in Waterloo volleyball for four or five years now,” she said. “They have so much potential. I have five seniors, but a lot of my squad is really young girls. They are definitely in the mix. They are getting a lot of floor time and experience, and this should pay off down the road.”
Both teams wore pink-themed uniforms as part of the annual “Dig Pink” fundraiser between the schools for breast cancer awareness.
In other local volleyball action, New Athens topped Valmeyer in two sets Wednesday night in a Cahokia Conference Kaskaskia Division showdown.
Read more in the Oct. 15 print edition of the award-winning Republic-Times newspaper.