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Crater bounces back to blast Churchill

CENTRAL POINT — The Crater volleyball team bounced back massively from a rough opening game to defeat Churchill 14-25, 25-15, 25-7, 25-15 Friday in a Midwestern League match.

Crater came out shaky after watching Churchill junior outside hitter Taylor Williams pound balls at the net during warm-ups. In Game 1, the Comets committed 13 errors and were hesitant to challenge Williams.

“She won hitting lines and we just played on our heels,” Comets coach Leaf Jensen said. “It was just bad. Our energy was low.”

But the momentum shifted entirely after Crater middle blocker Maya Van Hook stuffed a swing by Williams and the ball bounced back at her face, signalling to Van Hook’s teammates they could defend Taylor.

“It really kind of turned us,” Jensen said. “That gave us the confidence we could slow her down, stop her, and from there (the outcome) was never really in question.”

Van Hook finished with three blocks to go along with eight kills. Also for the Comets (6-2, 5-1 MWL), outside hitter Nehkyah Ellis had 11 digs, 10 kills and four aces, libero Rane Jensen came up with nine digs and two aces and setter Jadyn Carothers did an outstanding job running the offense and distributing the ball.

The Lancers dropped to 2-8 overall, 1-5 in the MWL.

MARIST 3, EAGLE POINT 0: At Marist, junior setter Nauvoo Beal chalked up 17 assists, 10 digs and one ace for Eagle Point, swept 25-18, 25-20, 25-17 by Marist Catholic in an MWL match.

Odie Rincones, a senior middle blocker, had five kills and two blocks to pace the Eagles (5-6, 1-5 MWL) at the net, while senior defensive specialist Ryleigh Gainey (15 digs, two aces) led the back line. Also for Eagle Point, senior right side Aliah Darling had four kills and four aces.

Marist improved to 5-3 overall, 5-1 in the MWL.