Hillclimbers knock off Lakers

By Tom Stephens

Urbana needed only three sets to dispatch host Indian Lake in CBC Mad River Division volleyball action Monday night, notching the win with scores of 25-19, 25-18, and 25-20.

“We stuck together and stuck it out,” Hillclimber head coach Chuck Pack said following the win. “Everybody was contributing, from start to finish. It was one of the best ‘team chemistry’ games we’ve played all year.”

“The players have struggled with getting down on themselves (when they play poorly),” Pack continued, “but now they understand that they’ll never get that bad serve back, or that bad pass back. We let it go. We’re a much better team when we’re looking forward instead of behind us.”

The Hillclimbers took it out on the Lakers up front, as Hunter Rogan and Mckenzee Martin combined for 19 kills in the match. Natalie Seeberg and Kaelyn Bertsch kicked in with five and four kills, respectively, and all four were instrumental in crowding the net and keeping the Laker hitters at bay.

Pack noted that the kills recorded by his front line were a direct result of the excellent play of his setters and his backcourt. Olivia Dunham passed out 14 assists and Macy Pierce had 13 assists setting for the ‘Climbers, while Karsen Voorhees and Katie Curnutte protected the back line with vigor.

“We got great back line play,” Pack said, “and that helps out the whole team.”

Urbana is now a game over .500 in the MRD with a 5-4 league record, while improving to 9-12 on the season. Indian Lake falls to 1-8 and 5-15.

Urbana has one more regular season game, an MRD affair at home against Benjamin Logan Thursday, Oct. 15. The ‘Climbers open Div. III sectional tournament play against Greenville on Monday, Oct. 19. The match will take place at Tecumseh High school with first serve scheduled for 6 p.m.


By Tom Stephens