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Oran wins tough three-set match over Saxony Lutheran

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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Allie Cummins (8) of Oran goes up for a kill as Saxony Lutheran's Courtney Bergman (1) prepares to block. Brent Shipman, Staff
ORAN -- Rallying back from a late deficit in the second set to avoid a potential sweep on Monday, the Oran Lady Eagles defeated the Saxony Lutheran Lady Crusaders 22-25, 25-23, 25-22 for their fifth win of the season.

"A win's a win, so we performed fairly well," Oran head coach Sara Heisserer said. "We were down a lot and had to come from behind, which usually when that happens we end up with a loss so I'm very pleased.

"They could have very easily given up, but we didn't and they battled it out."

After watching a push toward the end of the first set fall short, the Lady Eagles (5-15) were on the edge of getting swept when the Lady Crusaders when things started to click.

Forced to call a timeout trailing 21-15, Oran rattled off seven straight points to take the lead at 22-21 on a blocked kill by Allie Cummins.

Regrouping with a timeout of their own, the Lady Crusaders held the Lady Eagles to a 23-23 tied before two-straight points, one off a Cummins kill, sealed the Oran comeback.

"We just kind of let down," Saxony Lutheran head coach Alissa Ernst said. "We tried running a few plays and doing some different things like subbing out a girl for a different spot.

"It wasn't the best moves that we made, but it was something that we're getting ready to go with in districts and it's smart to play as much as you can and try whatever you can."

With momentum in their favor, the Lady Eagles opened up the final set pulling ahead 17-14 on an ace from Cummins before Saxony Lutheran took five of the next six points to take a momentary lead at 19-18.

Going on a 6-1 run, however, the Lady Eagles made the Lady Crusaders burn their final timeout when an ace from Kali Mills set up match-point.

Scoring the next two points, Saxony Lutheran closed to within two points of the Lady Eagles before a net violation by the Lady Crusaders close out the Oran win.

Especially significant of the third set victory was the fact that the Lady Eagles were forced to play the entire game with two of their starters on the bench.

"We're going to three sets and two of my starters can't play because I had to play them down in jayvee because we only have 11 girls," Heisserer said, referring to Stephanie Markham and Molly Webb. "I could have played others, but they played down a set so they're limited to where they can only play two sets up.

"So I'm thinking, 'oh great, we're going to go three sets and I'm going to have to go to jayvee players.' That's what I had to do. In the back of my mind I'm thinking 'oh, goodness,' but tonight it worked out well for us."

With a combined 17 kills on the night, Oran's attack was led by Addie Kielhofner's six kills, followed by Mills and Cummins with five and four kills respectively. Kielhofner also led the team in assists with seven while Markham contributed six. Cummins also finished the night with five aces and six digs.

For Saxony Lutheran, Courtney Bergman had a game-high seven kills with Jordan Hoff and Natalie Mueller contributed six each.

Next up, Oran will host Meadow Heights on Thursday at 6 p.m.