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Trojans fall but stave off Clipper shutout

September 4, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor (a) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

After a 2-0 shut out to Clear Creek Amana during a tourney last Saturday, the Trojans were looking to avoid a similar outcome. South Tama managed to steal one win from the Clippers at the WaMaC conference opener on Thursday, August 30 at the STC?Round House.

The Trojans however ultimately fell 3-1 after four sets. The Clippers got out to an early 2-0 lead winning sets one and two 25-15 and 25-20. The Trojans rallied in the third for a 25-22 win but CCA came back in the fourth set to finish off the evening 25-20.

The Clippers ran away with a set one victory with sophomore Hailey Pollock serving six straight points to give her team a 22-14 lead. Rohach served once before CCA's Lauren Riggle finished off the set.

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The South Tama County Volleyball team excitedly celebrated following their set three win over Clear Creek Amana on Thursday, August 30. CCA closed the night with the overall 3-1 win over the Trojans.
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Opening up the second set the score remained within three points until Riggle created a six point gap off the serve. The Trojans got within two points as CCA turned the ball over to the Trojans. Ellenbecker served for three straight points. Riggle again would help the Clippers pull away extending their lead back out to 23-19. Set two ended with Calia Clubb serving the game point.

On to set three, it was now or never for the Trojans. With the exception of the opening point by the Clippers the Trojans led the entire set. Their largest lead was 18-12 with Madison Rohach serving. CCA hung close though but the Trojans were able to pull off the set three victory. Rohach led the Trojans with 10 kills on the evening.

Unfortunately for the Trojans CCA recovered from that set loss and led the entire fourth set. The Trojans did managed to come back from a six point deficit but were never able to fully catch up with the Clippers.

Coach Amy Dolash credits the Trojans defense for keeping them in the game.

"Defense is sometimes the best offense. Our defense really stepped it up tonight and we got better in each game. Jaelin and Gwen had some solid blocks with our pin hitters creating momentum swings. Our defensive specialists adjusted to their big hitters but one area we'll be putting some extra focus on will be covering the tips. We're definitely making steps in the right direction and improving every game. I'm proud of how our girls responded after being down two sets and really battled back to take the third game. We are focusing on how to win close games with different drills that put them into close game situations like we found ourselves in three of the four sets last night. Those games will start going our way as we gain more confidence and consistently execute our game plan. Its all about our mindset and I think the girls did a great job focusing on their end goals for the night with that positive mindset. We'll take what we learned from tonight and come back better next week," said Dolash.



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