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Rock Bridge volleyball team struggles against Ozark

Saturday, September 4, 2010 | 6:38 p.m. CDT; updated 8:50 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 4, 2010
Rock Bridge freshman Ali Kreklow (No. 9) sets the ball for teammate Audrey Holt (No. 8) on Saturday in the Bruins' game against visiting Ozark.

COLUMBIA — After winning its opener, the Rock Bridge girls volleyball team fell short Saturday in its second game, losing to visiting Ozark, 25-14, 25-16.

“Ozark is a traditionally strong volleyball program, and today there were a lot of unforeseen errors on our part," Bruins coach Vicki Reimler said.

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Several times throughout the game, referees called Rock Bridge for touching and crossing under the net — small errors that cost the Bruins in the long run. Ozark’s tall front line also posed challenges for the team.

The first game of the match went by quickly, while the second game was a drawn-out struggle for both teams. The Bruins led 13-9 after the first half of the second game, but errors and lack of communication allowed Ozark to pull ahead and win the match.

“I enjoyed today’s game," Bruins libero Nici Thaler said. "I love when we play hard teams. It is a challenge for us, and it is something that we can work on.

"There were times when we expected to stay ahead during the second game, but we made little mistakes, but the biggest mistake was losing communication between the blockers and diggers.”

Rock Bridge plays next at 6 p.m. Thursday in another home game against Booneville.


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