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Columbus Sailors throw the Cyclones overboard, 3-0
By Sean Kiefer

In a game where there was an astounding amount of Cyclone support and determination, the Columbus Sailors won 3-0. This was a non-district game played on September 26 at Denver.

In the first set, the Cyclones were ready to win, and overwhelming support also motivated them to take a win. The Cyclones started off rough with the Sailors’ Anna Sinnott, who scored 4 kills and made 2 attacks, and Olivia Fain who scored 2 kills and 1 attack. These two Columbus players led the Sailors’ first lead of the game over the Cyclones, who quickly fell behind 10-3. With the pressure of all the Cyclone fans watching, they kept falling behind until the Sailors rallied together to score faster than the Cyclones could block which ended the first set 25-10, Sailors taking the first set.

In the next set the Cyclones were pumped and ready to redeem themselves after a rough first set. That time around however, Abby Sheridan and Gabby Corday led the Cyclone charge, but the Sailors’ Kate Shannon made point after point after point. The Sailors kept a lead against the Cyclones to where they wouldn’t be able to catch up and took the set 25-15. After a motivational talk from Head Coach Kamille Van Natta, the Cyclones had a good attitude even if they didn’t win, but in the last set, they gave it their all. The Cyclones’ Julia Vervaecke stepped up and scored 3 kills but, unfortunately, the Sailors had a great defense from Anna Sinnott and Sydney Schultz who prevented the Cyclones from coming back and the Sailors took the final set 25-10, which ended the game 3-0.

In a post-game interview with Gabby Corday, she said, “I feel some of our weaknesses were shutting down Columbus's outsides and getting a decent pass.” She added, “I believe Julia Vervaecke stepped up as a leader.”
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