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10/6/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Cal-Wheat sophomore Becca VanderHeiden leaps to strike the ball during the Warriors’ 25-18, 25-17, 25-19 victory over Cedar Valley Christian, Tuesday night. VanderHeiden paced the Warriors with nine kills in the match.
Cal-Wheat setter Sydney Kerr looks to spur another attack with a pass during the first game of the Warriors’ victory over Cedar Valley Christian. Kerr finished the night with six assists, while teammate Abbie Moellenbeck handed out 17 more in the Cal-Wheat win.
Cal-Wheat closes well in sweep of Cedar Valley

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

The Calamus-Wheatland volleyball team saved its best for last during Tuesday night's non-conference matchup with Cedar Valley Christian.

The Warriors found themselves in tight contests late in games one and three, but in each instance Cal-What showed its mettle and pulled away for victories.

A more comfortable Warrior victory ended up sandwiched in between and Cal-Wheat picked up a 25-18, 25-17, 25-19 sweep in its final match before next week's Big East tournament.

"This was a match where we just couldn't close the door soon enough for our liking," Cal-Wheat head coach Marika Pewe said. "For the most part, I thought the girls really executed well - we tried a new hitting option that we have been working on in practice and the girls made it work."

The visiting Huskies were not too intimidated by their new surroundings as they got out to a fast start in game one, scoring six of the match's first eight points.

The Warriors shook off Cedar Valley's first strike and answered with five-straight points to take the lead.

Stephanie Petersen spurred the run with two-straight kills and the final three points all came on Huskie kill errors.

Cedar Valley ended the run and tied the score in the process, but Cal-Wheat answered with back-to-back kills by Becca VanderHeiden and McKenna Luepker and an ace by Petersen to pull in front again.

Consecutive Huskie points cut the lead down to one. Cedar Valley, though, could not tie things up and Cal-Wheat was able to push the lead back to three.

The two teams traded points before two Cedar Valley kill errors and a Luepker block stretched the Warrior advantage to five (17-12).

The Huskies earned a side-out, but then put their ensuing serve into the net to keep the lead at five.

Cedar Valley, though, would not go away and a run of four-straight points made things uncomfortably close at 18-17.

Fortunately, the game-tying point never came. Petersen smacked a kill and the Huskies committed an error.

Kodi Gasper made it three-straight points with an ace and the lead crept back to five when Cedar Valley hit a kill out of bounds.

The Huskies ended the run with a point, but by this time the Warriors were rolling. VanderHeiden notched another kill and Cedar Valley was called for an infraction before also putting a kill attempt into the net to give the Warriors a 25-18 win.

The second game also began with Cedar Valley forging an early lead. This time, though, it was just a 3-1 advantage and the Warriors made it up quickly.

Abbie Moellenbeck gave Cal-Wheat a side-out with a kill and the Warriors earned three more points on Huskie kills. A Petersen block made it five-straight Cal-Wheat points and Moellenbeck finished the run she began with an ace.

Cedar Valley came back with a run of its own, scoring four of the next six points (Cal-Wheat's points came on kills by Luepker) to get the lead down to two.

The Huskies would not get any closer as the Warriors reeled off five-straight points and then two more after a Cedar Valley side-out to take control of the game.

VanderHeiden had a kill during the surge with Sydney Kerr and Madison Bennett both serving up aces.

Cedar Valley was only able to get the lead down to five which they did twice. The second time was at 22-17, but the final three points were scored by the Warriors as the Huskies had two-straight kill errors and Abby Pewe finished the game with a kill.

The third game became a back-and-forth affair.

The Huskies again scored the first two points of the game, while Cal-Wheat answered back with three to grab their own lead.

By the time the game reached its 20th serve (Cal-Wheat led 10-9), there had been four lead changes and seven ties.

The 20th serve ended up being a Gasper ace and Cal-Wheat scored three of the next five points as well to push the lead to three.

The Huskies would not go away and a three-point run tied things up again. VanderHeiden gave the Warriors a brief lead again, but Cedar Valley answered to tie things again.

The next Cal-Wheat run proved to be the difference as the Warriors tallied four-straight points (all on Cedar Valley errors) to go up 19-15.

Cedar Valley ended the run only to see VanderHeiden and Bennett both hit kills to push the lead to five.

The Huskies made one last push with two-straight points to get back within three, but the Warriors were on their way to a win as a Pewe ace sandwiched between two Cedar Valley kill errors finished off the match.

VanderHeiden led the Warriors with nine kills during the match with Petersen adding eight of her own and Luepker seven.

Moellenbeck had four kills and additionally had a hand in more than half of the Warriors' kills with 17 assists. Kerr had six assists of her own.

Pewe had 11 digs in the contest and joined Bennett with a block. Moellenbeck had 10 digs with Bennett adding seven and Gasper, Tessa Kauffman and Luepker chipping in five apiece.

Gasper paced the Warriors in serving with three aces with Moellenbeck and Pewe adding two apiece.

"This was a nice win for us heading into the conference tourney," Pewe said. "We need to ride the wave of momentum, emotion and energy, and let that work in our favor during matches."

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