Comets bounce back with 3-1 VB win over Vikings

Press photo by John Burbridge Charles City senior Sam Alinea bumps the ball to keep it in play as Danielle Stock (No. 16) looks on during the Comets’ Northeast Iowa Conference victory over Decorah on Tuesday.
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City senior Sam Alinea bumps the ball to keep it in play as Danielle Stock (No. 16) looks on during the Comets’ Northeast Iowa Conference victory over Decorah on Tuesday.
By John Burbridge sports@charlescitypress.com

CHARLES CITY — Losing streaks can last a long time.

But the Charles City Comets’ recent six-match losing streak took place during one day after they took their lumps at a highly competitive tournament in Osage on Saturday that featured several state-ranked teams.

On Tuesday, Charles City returned to Comet Gym for a Northwest Iowa Conference match against Decorah, and got back on the winning track with a 3-1 match victory to improve its overall record to 5-9.

The Comets had earlier defeated the Vikings while hosting a season-opening tournament on Aug. 25.

In the first set, Decorah took a 9-5 lead before a blocking kill by Charles City senior middle hitter Jodie Sindlinger tied the set ahead of a blocking kill by Sami Heyer that put the Comets up 19-12. Two more kills by Charles City junior Danielle Stock helped seal the 25-20 first-set win.

An ace by Dani Reetz to start the second set helped get the Comets off to a 7-1 lead. Decorah made a run to draw closer, but consecutive aces served up by Sarah Mitchell kept them out of striking distance as the Comets won the set 25-17.

Charles City junior Lexi Vance came off the bench to slap in five service points, including a pair of aces to help the Comets take a 5-1 lead in the third set. But a pair of kills each by Viking juniors Ambria Pipho and Brooke Berns helped Decorah take control of the set on way to winning 25-22 while forcing a fourth set.

A blocking kill by Stock gave the Comets a 9-3 lead in the fourth set. Decorah closed the gap to 2 (15-13) before Mitchell set up Marissa Daniels for a kill to widen the margin to 5 (19-14).

Mitchell later was able to out-battle two bigger players at the net for a kill that put the Comets 1 point away from match victory before an unforced error by the Vikings ended the set at 25-18.

Next up for Charles City is a tournament Saturday in Dike-New Hartford.

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