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ST. ELMO – Brownstown was ready for some of what Christ Our Rock Lutheran did, but what the Lady Bombers weren’t ready for did them in on Monday.
CORL recorded numerous tip kills against Brownstown in the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament at St. Elmo High School, leaving the Lady Bombers scrambling after anticipating a strong attack in a 14-25, 12-25 loss.
“We made life easier for them,” said coach Toby Harms. “We didn’t get the job done when they opened up some opportunities offensively, and then we got slow on defense.”
The Lady Bombers (9-18) had just seven kills in the match, while the Lady Stallions had nearly triple the amount.
Eight of CORL’s kills came on tips.
“We had talked about (their ability to tip) from watching them play,” Harms said. “We knew they were going to tip, and in theory, we should have been ready for it.”
Defensively, Brownstown was able to dig up several hard attacks from junior Amanda Geiger, who had eight kills in the match, but after sending the ball back over the net, the Lady Stallions almost always came back with a tip kill.
Junior Bethany Oberlink led the Lady Bombers with two kills and four players had one block assist. Oberlink also added the team’s only service ace.
Monday, Oct. 15
at EIC Tournament
CORL 25, Brownstown 14
CORL 25, Brownstown 12
Kills: Oberlink, 2; Dani Austin, 1; Lakin Evans, 1; Courtney Howard, 1; Tara Johnson, 1; Chelsey Lange, 1.
Aces: Oberlink, 1.
Assists: Michaela Walk, 3; Katie Kroll, 2; Shenisa Dunn, 1.
Blocks: Austin, ½; Evans, ½; Howard, ½; Oberlink, ½.