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9/7/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Warriors split matches at Prince of Peace triangular

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

It did not take long for the Calamus-Wheatland volleyball team to get acquainted, or rather reacquainted, with the members of its new conference.

The Warriors opened their season Tuesday by taking part in a triangular with fellow Tri-Rivers East foes Easton Valley and Prince of Peace, and ended up with a split.

Cal-Wheat displayed spurts of strong play against the River Hawks, but had a hard time coming up with a consistent attack in a 25-15, 25-12 setback.

The Warriors, though, responded in their match with the meet's host, coming back from a late deficit in game one and then building off of that momentum for a 27-25, 25-9 victory.

"Prince of Peace was a nice match," Cal-Wheat head coach Marika Pewe said. "It was nice to get that first win, plus the (opening day) jitters were a little more out of the way."

The Warriors jumped out to an early lead against the Irish in the opening game, but watched as Prince of Peace closed the gap.

Cal-Wheat, though, dominated the middle portion of the match and began to build a comfortable advantage.

Unfortunately, the Warriors' fortunes changed in a hurry as the Irish steadily made up their deficit.

In fact, it was the home team that got to match point first with the Irish leading 24-22.

The Warriors, though, got a side-out to pull within one and then scored again to tie things up at 24.

Cal-Wheat scored again to give itself set point, but the Irish tied things up again. The Warriors pulled in front again and this time Prince of Peace had no answer as Cal-Wheat pulled out a 27-25 victory.

The two teams traded points early in game two as well, but that did not last long as the Warriors rolled off more than 10 consecutive points to take control of the set in what turned out to be a 25-9 romp.

"In the first set, we had a nice lead and got stuck in a serve receive and couldn't get out," Pewe said. "Prince of Peace was at set point, but the girls found a way to battle back and get the win.

"The second set was much better all around - we moved and talked, Becca (VanderHeiden) had a nice service run and we finished strong."

Stephanie Petersen paced the Warrior attack with seven kills, while Nina Cray added four, Katie Banowetz three and McKenna Luepker two.

Kylie Wilhelm had 12 assists in the match with Sydney Kerr adding two and Luepker one. Luepker led the team with five digs as well, with Jaelyn Diercks and Petersen adding three each.

Tessa Kauffman served up four of the Warriors' 11 aces in the match with Banowetz and VanderHeiden adding two apiece (Kerr, Luepker and Petersen all had one).

The Warriors had a tough time getting an attack going against the River Hawks and finished the match with nine kills.

Nearly half of them were from Petersen, who had four, while also leading the team with four digs and two aces.

Cray had two kills, while Banowetz, Luepker and VanderHeiden each had one.

Luepker had three digs as well with Banowetz chipping in two of her own to go with an ace. Wilhelm had five assists with Kerr dishing out three of her own.

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