COLE CAMP — The 2014 Cole Camp volleyball season started Tuesday with a rematch of last season’s Class 2 District 13 title game and the result was similar as the Lady Bluebirds won 29-27 and 25-19 against Holden.
Cole Camp beat Holden in three sets last season in district play.
The Lady Eagles got up 10-5 in the first set, but Cole Camp clawed their way back in.
“I think we just came out very timid and just kind of going through the motions,” said Cole Camp Coach Abby Massingill.
During a timeout when Holden had a 14-11 lead, Massingill said she needed to get the Lady Bluebirds into the game.
“I felt like they were playing like six individuals out there,” she said. “I told them they needed to get together as a team and start flowing their play together as a team.”
Holden won the next two points, but Cole Camp later tied it up at 17 apiece.
“They started getting excited, they started talking, they started moving, they started doing all the little things correctly,”Massingill said.
With the score 23-21 Holden, senior Kaleena Logan got back-to-back kills on the left side to tie it up.
Holden got the next point and had a chance to take the set, but its next serve didn’t make it over the net and Cole Camp stayed alive.
Holden had the same chance with a 26-25 advantage, but sophomore Bailey Heimsoth and senior Tory Viebrock blocked Holden’s shot and the set was tied once again.
The two teams traded a point once more, but Cole Camp scored the next two points to win the first set.
The second set was even to start, but Cole Camp pulled away with a 15-7 lead.
Heimsoth got two aces in a row to finish off the run.
Holden would attempt a comeback twice and got within five at one point, but Mallard blasted her fourth kill to get the victory.
“Kaleena and Gabbi are doing a nice job at finding holes on the court,” Massingill said. “They really worked on not just hitting the ball hard but hitting the ball in different spots.”
Logan tied Mallard with a team-leading four kills. Heimsoth and sophomore Alyssa Oelrichs each had three kills.
Senior Cameron Snell led Cole Camp with 10 digs, while Oelrichs had seven. Oelrichs and junior Lauren Baalman recorded five and six assists, respectively.
The Bluebirds will host Osage on Sept. 2.