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Pointers narrowly sweep Trojans

September 18, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

If one didn't know better they would think they had experienced the worst case of deja vu. But it wasn't deja vu, it was reality. Prior to the start of last week's varsity matchup, STC's Katie Riha, came down wrong on her knee and was promptly helped off the court. It was eerily similar to last year's season ending injury that the senior has worked so hard to come back from. Riha was sat courtside for the remainder of the evening.

The Trojans hosted fellow WaMaC west opponents, Center Point-Urbana for the conference contest. The Trojans played well through all three sets and even led for a majority of the second set. But each set the Trojans fell short by two points. Set one went to the Pointers 25-23. Set two CPU came back from a four point deficit late in the game to win 26-24. In set three Clarissa Rosenberger served for seven straight points. The Trojans built up a five point lead but couldn't hold on, falling 26-24.

"It was an awesome game of volleyball. You can be nothing but positive after that game. Of course it's frustrating because we had the lead by five points and we got stuck in one rotation each time. Despite all that we played so well. Everything is finally coming together. So now it's putting it all together and getting the W," said coach Samantha Cantonwine.

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STC Elementary students join the STC Varsity Volleyball team for a pregame huddle during Rising Stars Night on Thursday, September 12.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham

Thursday night marked the second injury for the Trojans this season that has seriously affected their lineup. Gracie Vest is also out with an injury.

Cantonwine described the loss of Riha as the spark the Trojans needed on the court to push through for the win.

"It was so hard to watch her go down again. She worked so hard to get back this summer. She showed up to every lift. She did everything right. To see her go down again was so hard," said Cantonwine.

Clarissa Rosenberger and Riha are the two senior captains for the team so losing Riha's leadership was tough for the Trojans to swallow.

"Clarissa had a fire mentality but we needed a couple of more to have that same mentality and say let's go, let's get this next point. Since they are such a young team we are working on that. We needed one more leader on the court. I think that's the one thing we were missing, confidence. The girls that are playing have had some varsity experience but not as much. So it's working on confidence right now," said Cantonwine.

On a brighter note, the Trojans welcomed STC elementary girls and future volleyball athletes to the Rising Stars Night. The elementary students helped during warm ups and got to run out with the team for lineup announcements. The future of volleyball looks promising.

You can catch the Trojans at home again on Tuesday, September 24 when they will host Williamsburg.



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