Rock Bridge volleyball team earns another victory

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 | 9:49 p.m. CDT; updated 10:51 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Rock Bridge sophomores Kayla Cheadle and Chayla Cheadle prepare for a serve during a home game against Howell Central on Tuesday night. The two sisters helped propel the Bruins to a 2-0 win against the Spartans.

COLUMBIA — The Rock Bridge girls volleyball team came from behind in the first game and maintained a lead throughout the second game to defeat Francis Howell Central 27-25, 25-17 on Tuesday at Rock Bridge.

The Bruins improved to 21-5 with the win.

Rock Bridge got off to a slow start in the first game. The Bruins relied on sophomores Chayla and Kayla Cheadle, who led the team with 10 and five kills respectively, during the comeback.

Rock Bridge's momentum continued in the second game and the Bruins maintained their lead throughout.

Rock Bridge coach Tatum Anderson emphasized “tough serving at critical points,” by Madison Boyken as an important aspect of the team’s victory. Boyken had three aces for the Bruins.

Many of the Spartans' points in the first game came from balls dropping in the middle of the Bruins defense. Anderson said she was proud of the way the middles stepped up their defense in the second game. Audrey Holt was particularly important in this effort and led the team with two blocks.

Libero Nici Thaler led the team with 10 digs and setter Ali Kreklow led in assists with 17.

The Bruins will continue a packed week of play on Thursday at Hannibal  before heading to a tournament on Saturday at Kickapoo High School.

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