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October 23, 2013

The Bulldog spikers to get one more shot against Roosevelt

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The girls got off to a strong start in game two. Ottumwa managed to build an 8-5 lead after a successful spike by senior Megan Cobler.

"Megan Cobler is a very solid player and does a very good job of placing the ball where it needs to be," Carson said. "She finds the holes."

But just when things looked to be going Ottumwa's way, the Roughriders came charging back. Roosevelt ripped off six unanswered points. Hammack, trying to weather the storm for Ottumwa, temporarily stopped the bleeding with a kill that scraped the net and dropped onto Roosevelts' side of the court. The Roughriders star hitter Jaylynn Roberts Lewis offered an emphatic answer to the point with with a pair of kills.

Later in the game, a plethora of kills by Hammack helped Ottumwa whittle Roosevelt's lead down to 23-21. But Roughriders were able to pick up two more points to win it 25-22. The Bulldogs looked sharp to start game three. A vicious spike by Hammack gave Ottumwa an early 6-3 lead . Later in the game, senior Karissa Wilcoxson and Mallary Simmer executed a tremendous double block. The Bulldogs' lead climbed to 12-7 before the Roughriders mounted a rally. Roosevelt ticked off six of the next seven points, leaving the two teams locked in a 13-13 tie.

Ottumwa answered Roosevelts' run with solid play, including a kill by Hammack that gave the Bulldogs a slim 17-15 edge. The Roughriders fought back and successfully reclaimed the game's momentum. But, once Roosevelt had built a 21-18 lead, Ottumwa ripped off three unanswered points highlighted by a crushing double block by Bitner and Hammack that tied the game.

The Bulldogs momentum, however, proved to fleeting, as the Rougriders scored four of the next six points and picked up the 25-23 win. One of Roosevelts' final points came after a long volley decorated with a number of terrific shots by Bitner that kept the ball in play for the Bulldogs.

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