Rock Bridge wins this season's first volleyball match against Hickman

Monday, September 10, 2012 | 11:00 p.m. CDT; updated 11:11 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 10, 2012

COLUMBIA — Chloe Kome's top goal this season is to beat Rock Bridge.

After the Hickman girls volleyball team fell to the Bruins 25-13, 25-15 on Monday night at Hickman, the Kewpies senior setter will have to wait until next month for another chance to achieve her goal. Rock Bridge will play host to its rival on Oct. 18 in the series' final regular season match of 2012. 

Both games on Monday were tied at 7, before the Bruins pulled away with late runs.

In the first game, Rock Bridge went on a 12-3 run. The second game was more of the same. Hickman was trailing 12-11 before Rock Bridge went on a 13-4 run.

"We played a decent game, but it wasn't one of our best," Rock Bridge coach Robin Sherman said. "Early, we were making mistakes hitting the ball, but we kept after it and got better towards the end of the game."

Sophomore outside hitter Sophie Cunningham led the Bruins in kills and had the team's first three kills in the second game.

"We started getting things together as the game went on," Cunningham said. "Ali Kreklow had some great sets, and everyone did well, but we still aren't at our full potential."

Cunningham and junior middle blocker Kayla Cheadle took advantage of the Kewpies at the net. Both players are more than 6 feet tall, while Hickman only has one player taller than 5-foot-9.

"They definitely have a size advantage, and we didn't get hands at the net," Hickman coach Greg Gunn said. "We started well and did some things well, but in the end, we have to get out there and get our hands on the ball in order to be successful."

Freshman outside hitter Emma Drake led Hickman in kills with six, including five kills in the second game.

Rock Bridge is set to travel to Hermann on Tuesday, and Hickman will host Wentzville Holt on Thursday.

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