WHEATLAND — For stretches, the Calamus-Wheatland volleyball team matched visiting Springville point-for-point during Thursday’s Tri-Rivers Conference matchup between the two squads.
But the Orioles always seemed to find that deciding run that lifted them to a 25-19, 25-17, 25-21 victory.
The Warriors started fast, building a 5-3 lead in the opening set and still led 7-5 when the Orioles reeled off four straight points to take the lead.
That was the start of a 10-4 push for the visitors that helped them build a 15-11 lead.
The Warriors, though, answered back, scoring three straight points to get within a point.
They could get no closer as Springville matched Cal-Wheat’s run with one of its own scoring five of the next six points to push the lead to five.
The two teams traded the next eight points, but that was fine with the Orioles who kept their five-point margin before securing the ninth point to end the set.
Early in the second set it was the Warriors chasing the Orioles, who built an early 5-2 lead.
Cal-Wheat eventually caught up to its guest, knotting things up at 10-10 and then again at 12-12.
The Warriors, though, would score just five points the rest of the set as the Orioles pulled away for an eight-point victory.
Springville threatened to roll in the third set, doubling up Cal-Wheat, 10-5, early.
Instead, the Warriors surged back and — just like the set before — found themselves tied with the Orioles at 12-12.
Springville again broke ahead with three straight points, but this time it could not shake the Warriors, who forced another tie at 19-19.
Cal-Wheat, though, could not overtake the Orioles, who broke the tie and ultimately scored six of the match’s final seven points to clinch the match victory.
Senior Kaylie Wilhelm had a big night at the net, accounting for over half (12) of the Warriors’ 22 kills, while also coming up with four digs.
Alyssa McElmeel added three kills, while Alison Boeckmann, Sammie Flagel and Addy Widel all had two.
Flagel added a team-high 10 assists to her two kills, while Taylor Jacobsen had eight assists and match Ellie Carpenter with five digs.
Boeckmann had a team-high three blocks (Lauren Von Muenster added two) and joined Flagel and Widel with aces.