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FORT WAYNE — It’s been a while since Columbia City volleyball has experienced what it did Thursday night.
Not since the 2008 season have the Lady Eagles recorded a win in the Northeast Hoosier Conference. That changed in the conference opener at Homestead.
Behind the frontline attack of senior Paige Moore, City snapped its losing streak in the NHC with a commanding 25-21, 25-21, 25-14 rout of Homestead.
“They wanted to come out tonight and make a statement that we are a good team,” Columbia City coach Trish Hinen said. “They did that tonight and did a very good job.”
The 1-0 start to the conference schedule came on the heels of a struggle for consistency at Warsaw Tuesday.
Whatever problems were there disappeared against the Lady Spartans with Columbia City not trailing by more than four points at any time in the night.
“We did not play well at Warsaw and we were all disappointed because we have been playing really well,” Hinen noted. “Tonight was a total team effort. Last year we never won a conference game, not one. The girls that played last year, that wasn’t fun for them.”
Moore had a lot to do with Columbia City’s winning start to the conference schedule.
Leading the way in a night of attacking, Moore used eight kills and a series of pinpoint hits to help Columbia City get a lead and never look back.
“She played really well to-night,” Hinen said. “We chan-ged up our rotation to put her in the middle. I think that helped tonight because that is her go-to ball that she can put down.”
After hanging close to Homestead early in the first game, the Lady Eagles used errors from the Lady Spartans to score points before getting their own offense into gear.
Seeing its biggest deficit of the night in game one, Columbia City rallied from 6-9 to tie up the game after a kill from Moore and tip from fellow senior Maddie Hinen.
Again coming from behind to tie the game up 18-18, three Homestead errors and one of seven kills from Tabi Worden put City up 22-18.
CC went on to win the first game 25-21.
That same score followed in the second game with Columbia City wasting no time getting a lead.
Tied 5-5, the Lady Eagles reeled off 10 of the next 13 points scored to lead 15-8.
Along the way to another 25-21 win, Moore had two more kills.
“We worked on our setting yesterday and we can go to anybody,” Hinen said. “We just got the ball up well tonight and attacked from everywhere.”
When she wasn’t recording a team-high 26 digs, freshman Kalisha Goree also went on the attack grabbing three of her seven kills in game three.
Maddie Hinen helped close out the night for the Eagles with two tips. Hinen had 24 digs to add to her night.
Madi Sjahfiedin finished the match 25-14 with one of her two aces for the game.