Comets sweep Huskies on VB ‘Senior Night’
By John Burbridge
CHARLES CITY — Oelwein came into Comet Gym for Tuesday’s Northeast Iowa Conference matchup against the hosts with a winless record.
But that doesn’t mean the Huskies can’t put up a good fight every once in a while.
The Saturday before in the same gym during a tournament hosted by the Comets, Oelwein proved to be surprisingly stubborn against Class 1A No. 3-ranked Janesville while coming from behind in the second set to force a deciding third, where they were tied with the Wildcats 9-9 before Janesville put the Huskies away on the way to winning the tournament.
Tuesday against Charles City, which also defeated Oelwein during the tournament, the Huskies were unable to pose much of an upset threat. Other than a competitive first set which the Comets won 25-20 after trailing momentarily, Charles City was dominant winners in the following two (25-9, 26-16) for a straight-set victory while getting all active 12th-graders into the match during the school’s “Senior Night”.
The victory improved Charles City’s record to 11-22. The Comets will close out the regular season at home on Monday (Oct. 14) with a triangular against Janesville and Osage.
A series of aces by Danielle Stock helped give the Comets an 8-4 lead in the first set. The Huskies rallied back with 5 straight points to go up 9-8 on Zoey Reisner’s cross-court kill.
Jennifer Martin, one of the seven seniors honors, assisted fellow senior Alex Litterer for a kill to put Charles City up 15-12.
Martin was able to clean up an easy kill due to a bumped ball off a hard serve by Rachel Chambers bounded over the net for the opportunity, giving the Comets a 24-20 lead ahead of a set-sealing kill by Sadie Gebel.
Aces by Maya Hruska to start the second set, and several more aces by Chambers helped put the Comets up 16-4. A Martin-to-Kaylee Anderson kill made the score 21-8 before a Sarah Mitchell-to-Gebel kill capped the set.
Toni Maloy’s diving dig which assisted a one-handed touch kill by Gebel put the Comets up 7-2 in the third set.
Desirea Davis assisted Lexi Vance to extend the lead to 18-10 before Martin set up a kill by Stock to end the set and match.