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Indians beat back Comets

Roseburg's Jordan Crossfield, left, taps a shot over the block of Crater'sTeri Schneider.

CENTRAL POINT -- The Crater High volleyball team welcomed back teammateJennifer Dunlap and wished only that they could have had their emotionalleader in the lineup.

Dunlap, who was critically injured in a car accident on Sept. 14, wasreleased from the hospital Tuesday -- three days early -- and was at courtsideWednesday for the Comets' Southern Oregon Conference match against Roseburg.

Dunlap's presence lifted the Comets' spirits but the conference-leadingIndians still managed to pull out a 15-12, 15-8 victory.

It's great to have Jennifer back -- as a spectator or a player,Crater coach Leaf Jensen said. She wasn't even supposed to be outof the hospital until Friday. She was in bad shape a week ago. She's recoveredremarkably fast.

Jensen said it's possible that Dunlap, who suffered a severe cut to theback of her head, several other lacerations and damage to her lungs in thewreck, could return to the Crater lineup before the end of the season.

The upset-minded Comets roared out to a 12-7 lead against Roseburg inthe opening game but the Indians charged back for the win.

Roseburg had no trouble winning the second game.

Teri Schneider had seven kills to lead the Comets, who also receivedoutstanding play from defensive specialist Juliana Casimero, rightside hitterAmy Chase and setter Rhonda Lamson.

Lamson made some terrific sets, Jensen said. She spreadthe ball out well.

The Comets, now 3-3 in the SOC and 5-4 overall, shot themselves in thefoot with eight service errors during the match.

That really hurt, Jensen said. It was a lack of concentrationon our part.

The Comets, who suffered a disappointing loss to South Medford on Tuesday,play their third match in 72 hours when they play host to Klamath Uniontonight.

Defending co-champion Roseburg is now 5-1 in the SOC.

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