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10/14/2017 Email this articlePrint this article 
Warriors keep Lions close, but fall in three

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

re for the taking.

In each of the first two games of Tuesday's Tri-Rivers East finale, both the Calamus-Wheatland and Lisbon volleyball teams were mere points away from a claiming a set.

In both cases, however, it was the Lions who were able to seize the set and the momentum.

And Lisbon made the most of it.

Sparked by its two close victories, the Lions closed out the Warriors with a big victory in set three for a 25-21, 25-22, 25-11 victory to clinch the division title.

The first two sets followed incredibly similar paths.

The Warriors held a small lead early, only to see the Lions surge ahead in the middle of the set - Lisbon went on a 11-5 run in the opening game, a 12-5 push in the second game.

Cal-Wheat, though, was not going to let the Lions cruise to an easy victory.

In the opening set, the Warriors reeled off 10 of the next 13 points to turn their five-point deficit into a two-point lead at 20-18.

Even so, it was Lisbon that had the last laugh. The Lions limited Cal-Wheat to just one point for the remainder of the set and the team's 7-1 closing run led to a four-point victory.

In the second set, it was the Lions who seemed on the brink of victory up 20-14.

The Warriors charged back, scoring six of the next seven points to force a Lisbon timeout.

The two teams traded the next four points, keeping Cal-Wheat just a point back at 23-22.

The Lions, though, put down back-to-back kills to finish the set and take a two-game lead.

The third set proved to be all Lions. Lisbon scored the first six points of the set and 15 of the first 20 to clinch the match with a 14-point victory.

Fittingly, seniors led the way on Senior Night.

Lexi Schwien had a season-high seven kills in the match, while Janna and Jenna Diercks recorded 14 and 21 digs, respectively.

Sarah Garland dished out five assists and added eight digs.

Sophomore Sammie Flagel stuffed the stat sheet with seven assists, 15 digs, three blocks and two kills. Hannah Tack chipped in five kills, while Alyssa Koch had three.

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