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11/2/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Warriors use big runs to sweep Lone Tree

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

No matter the situation, the Calamus-Wheatland volleyball team had a run ready for Lone Tree during their 1A region 7 quarterfinal, Tuesday night.

The Warriors pulled away in the middle of set one with six-straight points, opened game two with a nine-point surge and then finished off the Lions by scoring the final four points of game three in a 25-16, 25-10, 25-21 sweep.

Cal-Wheat jumped out to a 6-3 advantage in the first game of the match, but watched as the Lions answered by scoring four of the next five points to knot things up at seven.

The Warriors regained their lead with three-straight points (a Stephanie Petersen ace highlighted the surge), but were still unable to shake Lone Tree, who trailed by just two (14-12) at the midpoint of the game.

That proved to be the same time, though, that Cal-Wheat put together its first big run of the match.

Petersen and Bailey Moellenbeck hit back-to-back kills for the Warriors, while the Lions put an attack attempt into the net to make it 17-12 and force a Lone Tree timeout.

The Warriors, however, were not done. They added another point to their lead on another Lion attack error and then finished off a 6-0 run with consecutive kills by Katie Banowetz and Moellenbeck.

Lone Tree finally ended the run with a kill, but Petersen answered with one of her own and it was 21-13.

Three-straight serve errors coupled with a Lone Tree block pulled the Lions within six, but the Warriors finished the set with one final three-point surge - Becca VanderHeiden started things with a kill, Lone Tree then committed a violation and Petersen finished things off with an ace.

With the momentum on their side, the Warriors burst out of the gate in set two.

It helped that the Lions were often their own worst enemy, as the first eight points of the game were scored on Lone Tree miscues (five kill attempts were hit out of bounds and three violations were called).

McKenna Luepker added to the Lions' troubles with a kill and it was 9-0 Cal-Wheat.

The Warriors hit their next attack attempt into the net to get Lone Tree on the board, but the Lions followed up with two errors of their own to push the lead to 10.

Lone Tree got a point back, but then hit their ensuing serve out of bounds. That ended up kick starting a seven point run for the Warriors.

Banowetz and Petersen had kills during the stretch and libero Tessa Kauffman got the Warrior fans really excited when her dig of a hard Lion spike ended up landing inbounds behind the Lone Tree defense.

Cal-Wheat added a block and a Luepker ace as well during the push, which made the score 18-2.

The two teams traded points the rest of the way, which was fine for the Warriors who cruised to a 25-10 win.

There was no huge start in game three as the two teams equally split the first 20 serves.

The Warriors created a little breathing room with five-straight points (Lone Tree committed two errors, Banowetz served up two aces and VanderHeiden had a kill) to go up four, and Cal-Wheat led by as much as five at 18-13.

The Lions, though, clawed their way back, scoring eight of the next 11 points to tie the score at 21 and force a Cal-Wheat timeout.

The small break proved to be just what the Warriors needed. Cal-Wheat got back on track with a block and Luepker added an ace to make it 23-21.

This time Lone Tree called timeout, but it turned out to be a wasted gesture as Banowetz dropped a serve right between two Lion players to create match point.

Banowetz finished things off too, serving up one final ace to give Cal-Wheat the sweep and a spot in the regional semifinals against third-ranked New London (the match was last night).

Luepker paced the Warriors with seven kills, while Banowetz, Petersen and VanderHeiden each had five (Moellenbeck had two kills).

Luepker chipped in 15 digs as well with Kauffman joining her in double-figures with 13. Kylie Wilhelm, Banowetz and Sydney Kerr had six digs apiece with Petersen adding five.

Petersen and VanderHeiden both had two blocks in the match, while Banowetz had a team-best five aces (Kerr served up two of

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