Rock Bridge volleyball team wins ninth game in six days

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 | 10:20 p.m. CDT; updated 12:34 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 14, 2011

COLUMBIA ­­— The crowd and the team were on their feet when the whistle was blown.

After the Rock Bridge volleyball team scored the final point Tuesday in a 3-0 victory over visiting Hermann, the crowd burst into cheers and clapping in celebration of the Bruins' ninth win in just six days.

Rock Bridge struggled through the first set losing 21-25, but battled back and won the final two sets 25-23, 25-14. The win moves the Bruins to 9-2.

After playing six games on Saturday and a close match with Hickman on Monday, fatigue played a major role in the game for the Bruins. Throughout the first set and part of the second, the players were serving the ball into the net and hitting it out of bounds.

“We were really tired,” freshman Sophie Cunningham said. “We started off sloppy, but we pulled together. Our team, we always know when to pull together.”

Rock Bridge battled from behind for most of the second set. A set-winning point from Chayla Cheadle was the turning point of the match that gave the Bruins the momentum.

“I listened to what coach said,” Cheadle said. “Just do it and have confidence in myself. I had to do it for the team.”

After several busy days, Rock Bridge coach Tatum Anderson said she was pleased with the performance of her team and is planning a shorter, one-hour practice for Wednesday.

“They earned it,” Anderson said. “I think they’re ready for a little break, but we can only take about a half a day off because we have to play again all day Saturday.”

The Bruins will continue play Saturday in the Bronco Invitational at Lee’s Summit North.

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