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Volleyball: Watchmen break Cougars' winning streak


The Cougars met the C.S. Lewis Watchmen on the volleyball court twice last week. The Watchmen grabbed a hard-earned win on their home court Tuesday. Country Christian wouldn’t give up a win on their home court on Thursday though.

The Cougars lost the first game 3-2. Country Christian took the first and third set, the Watchmen nabbed the second and fourth. The game came down to the wire, and C.S. Lewis took the fifth set 15-10.

It was a great match,” Coach Janin McGrath said. “The whole team came into the night with a great mental attitude. In games one and three we dug ourselves a hole right away and had to come from behind to get the wins. In games two and four we played well, but started playing a little safe. That allowed C.S. Lewis to get some hard swings that we were unable to dig. In game five I felt like Mikaela Raudsepp took the C.S. Lewis team on her shoulders and led them to the win.”

Two days later, on Country Christian’s home court, the Watchmen wouldn’t get as lucky. The Cougars took the first set 25-16. The second set was as close as it can get, with the Watchmen pushing the tie to 26-26. However, the Cougars nabbed the final two points and ended the set 28-26.

“In game two we had a five-point lead late in the game and had a few passing errors that allowed C.S. Lewis to tie the game at 2,” McGrath said. “We battled point for point after that and were able to pull out the 28-26 win.”

Country Christian’s girls shut down the Watchmen in set three, which ended 25-14.

“We worked on a couple minor adjustments in our defense in practice on Wednesday to prepare for Thursday’s game,” McGrath said. “We came out strong and played with a lead most of the night. Our defense was phenomenal. Our middle blockers did a great job stopping C.S. Lewis’ hitters.”

The Cougars (12-3) finish league play this week, on Tuesday, against Perrydale (also 12-3).