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If you were looking for some intense volleyball action on Thursday night, Clearwater was the place to find it.
Clearwater-Orchard hosted Wausa, Chambers/Wheeler Central and Elgin Public/Pope John for their double triangular with nearly every game being a battle.
The night started out with the Cyclones taking on Wausa and coming away with a two-set victory 25-14, 25-23.
Between the attacking of JoCee Johnston and Avery Cheatum and the success of the serving line, the Cyclones kept the Vikings on their heels all match. Johnston finished the match with a team-high nine kills, followed by five from Cheatum. As a team, the Cyclones put down seven aces, led by Katie Stearns's three. Grace Rittscher was all over the court defensively, leading the way with 12 digs.
The next Antelope County matchup saw EPPJ take on Chambers/Wheeler Central in arguably the most thrilling game of the night. The Wolfpack won out in three sets, but it wasn't without plenty of challenge.
The Wolfpack pulled off a comeback for the ages to win the first set 25-22 before the Renegades took the second 25-18. The final set saw EPPJ go up 12-2 before the Renegades stormed back to take the lead. However, with the set tied at 20, EPPJ was able to battle for a 25-23 victory. Grace Henn and Lydia Behnk gave the Renegades all they could handle on the attack, putting down 11 and eight kills, respectively. Kaylee Martinsen and Paige Meis added five kills each in the win.
While it would be reasonable to think the Wolfpack would show signs of exhaustion after a battle like that, they showed no signs of slowing down in the final showdown of the night agains the Cyclones. EPPJ was able to handle O-C in two sets, 25-15, 25-8. Meis led the Wolfpack attack with 10 kills while Johnston added seven for the Cyclones.