The Columbus East volleyball team dominated Thursday’s night’s volleyball contest to come away with a 25-8, 25-9, 25-15 victory at crosstown rival Columbus North.
"We executed really well in our serves. Our serving was very tough in that first set, especially. Kenzie Foster came out and blasted out about 12 or so," East coach Ellyn McIntosh said. "We stayed aggressive from the get-go. Behind the service line, we played aggressive defense. I don’t think a lot hit from our side of the court. We worked on that issue in practice, and so I think they executed very well on our game plan and just in general."
This is the Olympians sixth straight victory, and they are building momentum at the perfect time heading into sectional in a couple weeks.
"Practices have been going very well for us. We’ve all been working very hard," East junior Cadence Gilley said. "We just want to continue winning and keep it up, and we all have really good chemistry, so that also helps. Practices have been going really well, and I think that’s been a big factor with how we’re performing and what we’ve been doing."
North (7-18) kept up with the Olympians (11-4) early in the first set, but as the set wore on, East eventually took command. With the set tied at 6-6, a few kills from Reece Whitehead, a couple kills from Gabby Dean and a Foster service ace sparked 17 straight points for the Olympians to make it 23-6. The Bull Dogs picked up two straight points before East took the next two and the set.
The East scoring frenzy continued into the second set when it scored 11 straight to jump out in front 12-1. With the score 14-4, the Olympians scored six straight points to lead 20-4 and eventually close out the set.
In the third set, East used different rotations to give more of the girls extra varsity playing time.
"We were really happy with how we played and came out tonight," Gilley said. "We were happy to get everyone in and still be able to compete. It was just a good win for us, so it was awesome."
For the Olympians, Foster finished with 16 digs and two aces, Lexia Capes had 11 digs and six kills and Reece Whitehead had eight kills.
Also for East, Katy Jordan tallied 20 assists, Libby Dippold had four blocks, Gabby Dean pounded four kills, Gilley had 13 digs and Kaitlyn Carothers added a block.
For the Bull Dogs, Reagan Kane finished with 10 digs, six assists and three kills, Emma Martin had nine digs and four assists and Sarah Bennett added three kills and one block.
Also for North, Madi Roop notched four kills, Sydney Cooper had eight digs, Ava McKinney finished with 11 digs and Madison White added a block.