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|Warriors open postseason with sweep|
No. 2 Springville next for Cal-Wheat after 25-20, 25-13, 25-19 victory
By Ross Eberhart
WHEATLAND - There were a few moments that might have been a little close for comfort, but all in all, the Calamus-Wheatland volleyball team had little trouble clearing its first postseason hurdle Tuesday night.
Now, a much larger obstacle awaits.
After breaking an early 5-5 tie in the first set, the Warriors never trailed in Tuesday's first-round match with Lone Tree, sweeping the Lions 25-20, 25-13, 25-19.
The victory sends Cal-Wheat to Monday's regional quarterfinal with Springville, the No. 2-ranked team in class 1A.
The latest the Warriors trailed against Lone Tree was at 5-4 in the opening set, and the hosts responded to its deficit by scoring the game's next nine points.
The Lions, though, did not make things easy.
They answered Cal-Wheat's 9-0 push with a 7-2 run to trim the Warriors' lead to just three (15-12).
The Lions, however, could not get any closer. Cal-Wheat scored seven of the next 11 points to force a Lone Tree timeout and finished off a 25-20 victory.
The Warriors kept rolling, rolling to an early 5-1 lead in the second set, and extending the margin to five at 10-5.
Lone Tree again cut into the gap, using a 5-2 run to get within two.
Cal-Wheat's answer was even better, scoring the set's next eight points to take control before finishing off its biggest victory of the match.
Another quick Warriors' lead - this time 9-5 - forced an early Lone Tree timeout in the third game.
The two teams ended up evenly splitting the game's next 20 points.
That kept Cal-Wheat from putting the Lions away, but it also continued Lone Tree's four-point deficit.
The Warriors finally broke away late, scoring back-to-back points to push their lead to six, and that proved to be the final margin.
Cal-Wheat put down 31 kills - it's most in five matches - with senior Sarah Garland leading the way with nine.
Fellow senior Lexi Schwien added six, while Hannah Tack and Kaylie Wilhelm each had five.
Sammie Flagel assisted on 19 of the Warriors' kills and added 14 digs.
Libero Jenna Digs paced the Warriors with 27 digs - Janna Diercks and Garland each added nine apiece - and also joined Wilhelm by serving up two aces.
Now, the Warriors will try to do something that no 1A team has been able to accomplish this fall - get the better of the Orioles.
The two teams met for a Tri-Rivers match in mid-September, when Springville limited the Warriors to seven kills in a three-set sweep.
The Orioles are 35-2, with both of their setbacks coming against ranked foes - 4A No. 12 Independence in its season opener and 3A No. 8 Tipton, a loss it later avenged.
The Warriors' victory helped take away some of the sting from a tough night in pool play of the Tri-Rivers Conference tournament five days earlier.
Needing a victory against either hosting Lisbon or Cedar Valley Christian to advance to bracket play two days later, the Warriors forced a deciding third set against both squads, but came up empty in each match.
The setback to the Huskies was especially tough.
After dropping a three-point decision in the first set, the Warriors answered with a big 21-13 victory in the second set to extend the match.
The third set was so tight that even the normal 15 points could not decide a winner.
Cedar Valley Christian, though, broke a 16-16 tie and then scored again to secure the victory.
The match with the hosts came just two days after Lisbon had swept the division match between the two teams.
The Lions kept rolling with a 21-13 victory in the first set, but Cal-Wheat answered with a close 21-19 victory in the second game to force a third set.
The final game turned out to be all Lisbon, as the Lions limited the Warriors to just four points in a 15-4 victory.
Flagel led Cal-Wheat with 10 kills to go with 12 assists, 21 digs and two aces.
Garland added eight kills and a team-high 16 assists. Jen. Diercks piled up 38 digs over the two matches, while Jan. Diercks and Isabelle Kerr combined for 24 digs against Cedar Valley Christian.
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