By DARIN ALLRED
Register Sports Editor
COLLINSVILLE — The Callisburg Lady Cats let a late lead slip away in the first game, but didn’t have that trouble in the next three games as they defeated the Collinsville Lady Pirates 21-25, 25-8, 25-20, 25-19 Tuesday in Collinsville.
Callisburg (6-3) had a 21-17 lead in the first game and looked like they were on their way to an opening-game victory before Collinsville stormed back and scored the next eight points. But the Cats didn’t let that disappointment haunt them in the second game as they dominated, outscoring the Lady Pirates 12-1 at one point. Games three and four were closer, but Callisburg made the plays they needed to get the win.
In the opening game, Callisburg got aces from Morgan Reed and Sara Richardson and kills from Karly Rohrbough and Tara Wescoat to take an early 7-5 lead. Collinsville stayed close thanks to kills from Karli Koerner and Candace Marlin. Wescoat then served four-straight points including an ace to put the Lady Cats ahead 12-6.
But the Lady Pirates came right back as Marlin served back-to-back aces to bring her team within two (13-11). Again it looked like Callisburg was taking control as Richardson, Wescoat and Karly Rohrbough all had kills and Taylor Curtright served an ace that made it 17-12. The Cats had a 21-17 lead when Amy Castillo came to serve for Collinsville. Castillo served seven points in a row including an ace, and Marlin had a kill as the Lady Pirates came from behind to win game one 25-21.
Callisburg looked determined not to let that happen in game two. Wescoat had an ace, Curtright and Kenzie Rohrbough each had kills and Taylor Coleman served five-consecutive points including an ace as the Lady Cats built a quick 15-5 lead. Collinsville finally got a sideout, but Callisburg broke the serve right back. Curtright then served five-straight points that included a kill by Wescoat to make it 21-6.
Down the stretch, Wescoat added another kill, Karly Rohrbough had a block and Richardson served two points as the Lady Cats won game two 25-8.
With the match tied 1-1, both teams battled hard early in the third game. Curtright had a kill, Karly Rohrbough had a block and Richardson served an ace for Callisburg, but Collinsville answered with a kill from Chelsea Petska to make it 5-4 in favor of the Lady Cats.
That’s when Wescoat took over. The senior had two kills and served six-straight points including three aces as Callisburg took a 14-5 lead. Their lead grew to 19-9 as Richardson had a pair of kills and Karly Rohrbough added another one.
But after a tip by Petska gave Collinsville a sideout, Brooke Swindle served four-straight points for the Lady Pirates to make it 19-14. Later, with Callisburg leading 22-15, Petska served four points including a pair of aces that made it 22-20. But after a sideout, Reed served the last two points to give Callisburg a 25-20 win.
In the fourth game, Richardson got the Lady Cats going with back-to-back aces to make it 3-0. After a sideout, Koerner served three points to put the Lady Pirates ahead 4-3, but from there Callisburg took control again.
Freshman Kalli Byrom served four-straight points that included a kill from Kenzie Rohrbough and a block by Richardson that put the Lady Cats back in the lead 10-6. Callisburg continued their strong play with a kill by Curtright, an ace by Reed, a kill and a block by Richardson and another block by Rohrbough as their lead grew to 15-7.
Collinsville got a sideout thanks to a kill by Marlin and Petska followed with a kill of her own to make it 15-9. The Lady Cats led 19-15 when they got a sideout and Wescoat came to serve. The senior served up the next four points that included kills by Curtright and Kenzie Rohrbough, who also added a kill on the final point to give Callisburg the win.
Wescoat finished with 12 kills, 6 aces and 14 digs; Richardson had 7 kills, 13 assists and 3 blocks; and Karly Rohrbough had 8 kills and 8 blocks. The Lady Cats had a season-best 38 kills, while their defense had 23 blocks and 29 digs.
Callisburg won the junior varsity match 25-15, 25-16. Lydia Hardcastle and Juliet Fuqua served the Lady Cats to the win with three aces each. Amberly Colwell led the team with 10 kills and 3 blocks.
By DARIN ALLRED