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Columbia College beats Stephens College, remains undefeated in conference play

Saturday, November 5, 2011 | 6:36 p.m. CDT
Columbia College senior setter Paula Ferreira sets the ball for her teammate to hit against Stephens College on Saturday. The Columbia College Cougars defeated the Stephens College Stars in three sets to finish the regular season with a perfect conference record.

COLUMBIA — Columbia College went undefeated in conference play for the ninth season in a row after a 25-10, 25-11, 25-10 victory over Stephens College on Saturday.

"Anyone in our conference, we really go with the motto 'prove a point,'” senior Nicole Murphy said. “We want to prove a point every single conference game that we deserve to put another 2011 up on the conference banner.”

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Coach Melinda Wrye-Washington has been preparing the team members for the past few weeks with lunges and agility ladders during every practice so that they have strong legs for the American Midwest Conference Tournament.

Wrye-Washington, the leader behind the Cougars' string of dominant seasons, says there's only one way to describe her coaching style:

“Aggressive. And I don’t like girls that ‘play,'" she said. "I don’t want to play; I want to compete.”

Columbia College (33-2, 16-0) enters the American Midwest Conference Tournament as the top-seeded team. The tournament begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Southwell Complex arena.


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