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Bellmont ends Lady Eagles’ season

October 25, 2013

Columbia City volleyball players rally to encourage one another against Bellmont Thursday. From left: Macie Hinen, Kalisha Goree (3), Becca Tourney, Cassie Bosselman (13) and Gabrielle Hazen. The Lady Eagles lost the sectional quarterfinal match-up against the Squaws in three sets. Bellmont will go on to play Norwell Saturday at 10 a.m. The loss ends Columbia City’s season and gives the Lady Eagles a final record of 25-6 for the 2013 year. Post & Mail photo / Brett Myers

MONROEVILLE — Columbia City’s volleyball team saw one of the best seasons in school history come to a close Thursday.

The Lady Eagles lost to fifth-ranked Bellmont 25-23, 26-24 and 25-21.

Columbia City played a much closer match against the Squaws than when the two teams met in the regular season, but still fell just short.

“We told the girls, ‘we want you to leave it all on the court, and play the best you can, and leave it all out there, because this is it,’” said Columbia City Head Volleyball Coach Trish Hinen. “We played well. This is a good team (Bellmont) and they are ranked in the state for a reason. We gave it our best shot.”

The match was marked by improvement for the Lady Eagles, who erased some of the mistakes from the first time they played Bellmont earlier this month.

“We prepared well in the things we got beat on the first time,” Hinen said. “We did a lot better this time against them. Some of the kills they got the first time, we were able to stop this time, and you could see the scores were closer.”

The first time, the scores were 25-21, 25-20 and 25-20, all in favor of Bellmont.

The Lady Eagles will bid farewell to a group of six seniors this season. Kalisha Goree, Gabrielle Hazen, Alaina Rhoades, Becca Tourney, Sydney Willson and Madalon Zumbrun all played their final match for Columbia City, and Hinen said the players would be missed.

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