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CHS VB wins season opener

August 25, 2018

Columbus Volleyball got off to a hot start to begin the season as the defeated York in three straight sets 25-16, 25-15, 25-16.

Head coach Jeri Otten said she was happy with how the Discoverers performed in their opening game

“The girls worked together really well to execute the game plan,” Otten said. “It was a good start to our season.”

Jaidyn Garrett led the team in kills with nine, but it wasn’t a one-person show as Jaleigh Adams-Tuls contributed with seven kills.

Otten mentioned how for Columbus to succeed this year, it will have to be a team effort.

“I think that’s going to need to be a consistent theme,” she said. “We are going to have to spread the ball around instead of relying on one person.”

Otten also seemed happy with how Adams-Tuls was able to perform.

“Jaleigh didn’t suit up for us last year, she’s one of our taller players and it’s good to be able to see her do well,” Otteh said. “It shows us that she’s stepped up into that role.”

Other players that contributed offensively include Laura Czarnick who tallied five kills and Lauren Benck contributed with two kills.

Brooke Benck did an excellent job of setting up her team to score points. She recorded nine assists. Garrett had eight assists of her own.

Kylie Wisehart was extremely effective when serving, tallying six aces.

Otten is hoping that the momentum gained from the victory will carry over into their tournament taking place at 9 a.m. today in Norfolk.

“It’s tremendous helpful coming into the tournament with more confidence after the win,” she said.

Otten knows that the team will see some tough competition in the tournament, but said she believes if the Discoverers play mistake-free volleyball, that they will be able to compete.

“We’re going to try to take it match by match,” she said. “We need to reduce our errors while still being competitive with the other teams.”

Otten also wanted to remind fans that Columbus’ (1-0) home opener is at 7 p.m. on Thursday against Crete (0-1).

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at peter.huguenin@lee.net

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