Lady Eagles earn regular season split with Lady Marshals

Christian Fellowship’s Emma Fletcher attempts a hit past Marshall County blockers Alyssa McClain (18) and Clara Bradley (11). Fletcher had 13 kills in the Lady Eagles 3-1 win over the Lady Marshals.

Marshall County won the first game against Christian Fellowship earlier this season 3-1, the Lady Eagles returning the favor on Tuesday at home when they took a 3-1 win. Both are the only district losses for either team and the only loss in region play for CFS who improved to 16-3.

“This was a tough loss for us”, Marshall County Head Coach Laura Kinder said. “We weren’t able to execute plays, and it killed us. CFS is a great team, and they just outplayed us tonight. We have a tough two weeks ahead of us, but we are going to work hard to make sure the pieces fall into place.”

CFS won the first set 25-13 and trailed the second set before pulling back to one point at 19-18, the Lady Marshals holding on to win it 25-21, wrapping it up on a block by Halle Langhi for the set point.

CFS jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third set and behind kills from Abigail Cima and Emma Fletcher, continued to maintain a five-point lead at 11-6. More of Cima and a kill from Lexi Hovekamp put CFS up 22-13 and they finished out the third set 25-16 on a kill by Maggie Wagner.

The Lady Eagles continued the momentum and led 3-0 in set four, the Lady Marshals getting on the board and cutting it to 3-2 on an ace serve by Clara Bradley and tying it up on a kill by Langhi. CFS stretched the lead back out to 7-3 on an ace from Hovekamp. Five more kills from Cima, one from Fletcher and one by Wagner extended their lead to 19-11. Hits from Langhi and Jessica Hicks kept the Lady Marshals in it, followed by a string of serves by Langhi to pull to within five points at 22-17 but CFS held on to win 25-19, getting the final game point on a kill by Fletcher.

CFS 3, Marshall 1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-16, 25-19)
Kills: Cima 17, Fletcher 13, Wagner 6, Hovekamp 5
Aces: Hovekamp 3, Cima 3, Etheridge 2, Fletcher 1, Wagner 1
Assists: Alexander 33, Etheridge 2, Hovekamp 1
Blocks: Wagner 2, Hovekamp 1, Cima 1
Kills: Hicks 10, Langhi 7, McClain 2, McCracken 2, Bremmerkamp 2
Aces: Hicks 2, Bradley 1
Digs: Hicks 12, Pritchett 7
Assists: Bradley 14, Gresham 6
Blocks: Langhi 4, Hicks 2, McClain 2, McCracken 2, Bradley 2

CFS blockers Maggie Wagner (7) and Brecksyn Etheridge (3) at the net against the hit of Marshall County’s Jessica Hicks. Hicks led the Lady Marshals with 10 kills.
Maggie Wagner (7) splits the ball between Marshall County’s Jessica Hicks (24) and Alyssa McClain (18) in the Lady Eagles 3-1 win on Tuesday.