Lady Eagles win Whitko invite

SOUTH WHITLEY — After battling through a neck-and-neck first set, Columbia City’s volleyball team squashed DeKalb in the second set of the championship game at Whitko’s volleyball invitational Saturday. The Lady Eagles were undefeated in pool play, only losing one set to Prairie Heights earlier in the day.The first set of the final game was back-and-forth between DeKalb and Columbia City, being tied multiple times throughout. DeKalb prepared for its set point, but the Eagles held strong, scoring after a long volley with a sharp kill. The score was then tied at 24. After a few short volleys, a DeKalb hit sailed out of bounds, giving Columbia City the set. “I knew whoever won the first set would win the match,” said Lady Eagle Head Coach Trish Hinen. ”They’d have the momentum. It’s great to play well,” she continued, ”Thursday night we didn’t play very well, and it’s nice to bounce back.” Columbia City plowed through North Miami, Prairie Heights and Garrett before the final match, defeating all teams except Prairie Heights in two sets. In the first set against North Miami, the Eagles started off behind, but quickly rallied to tie it at 16 and then won the set 25-18. The second match was against Prairie heights, in which Columbia City dominated the first set, lost the second and barely snatched a win for the third. Columbia City then defeated Garret with ease in both sets.Whitko did not fare well, losing all of its matches in two sets. Columbia City takes on Heritage at home Wednesday, and Whitko rounds out its regular season against Garret Tuesday and Caston Thursday.