PREP VOLLEYBALL: Cold Springs splits tri-match with Cleveland, Dora on senior night

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Cold Springs' Ciara Calvert records a kill in the Lady Eagles' 3-1 area win over Cleveland. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

BREMEN, Ala. — Monday was Senior Night at Cold Springs and the Lady Eagles hosted Dora and Cleveland in a tri-match. They got swept by the Lady Bulldogs, but came back to knock off the Lady Panthers, 3-1.

Dora 25 – Cold Springs 13 (First Set)

It was close in the first set early on and Cold Springs held a slim 6-4 lead, but Dora came roaring back with a big run to take a 10-7 lead. A point by Alexis Tidwell cut it to 10-8, but the Lady Bulldogs took off after that, scoring the next 12 points, and the Lady Eagles weren’t able to recover as they ended up dropping the first set, 25-13.

Tidwell finished with a pair of points for Cold Springs and Kaley Berger added a pair of aces.

Dora 25 – Cold Springs 15 (Second Set)

Dora jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the second set, but Cold Springs cut the deficit to two at 5-3 on a Malaya Taylor ace. The Lady Bulldogs later pushed their lead to 10-6, but the Lady Eagles made it a 12-10 game on an Anna Stricklin ace. Every time Cold Springs looked to answer, Dora would come right back with a run of their own. The Lady Bulldogs later made it 16-10, but a point from Ciara Calvert cut it to 16-11. The Lady Eagles made it a 19-14 contest late in the second set, but Dora finished the set strong as a 6-1 run saw them finish off the sweep of the Lady Eagles, 25-15.

Taylor finished with an ace and a kill for Cold Springs. Stricklin added an ace of her own, while Tidwell and Calvert each collected a point.

Cold Springs 25 – Cleveland 14 (First Set)

Cold Springs got off to a fast start in the first set against Cleveland. An ace from Calvert, followed by a point from Tidwell, helped give the Lady Eagles an early 5-1 lead. Taylor added a point of her own as Cold Springs pushed their lead to 6-2. Another Tidwell point made it 9-4, but a mini run by the Lady Panthers cut the Lady Eagle lead to 10-8. Late in the set, though, Cold Springs started to pull away from Cleveland. Tidwell collected yet another point as that made it 17-11; she later added an ace to help push the Lady Eagle lead to 21-14. Calvert (kill), Tidwell (ace), and Carley Davis (point) helped Cold Springs take the first set, 25-14.

Tidwell finished with four points and a pair of aces for Cold Springs. Calvert added an ace, a kill, and a point. Taylor ended up with a kill and an ace, while Stricklin and Davis each collected a point.

Cold Springs 25 – Cleveland 21 (Second Set)

Cleveland jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the second set, but Cold Springs quickly got back on track as a pair of kills from Ellanora Slusser and a Mary Warden ace helped give them a 7-5 lead. Later on, kills from Calvert and Taylor increased the Lady Eagle lead to 12-8. Cleveland would come back and make it a 16-15 lead late in the set, but Cold Springs got a pair of aces from Warden and a point from Slusser as that made it a 20-15 game. The Lady Panthers put together another late rally to make things really interesting as a 6-2 run cut Cold Springs’ lead to 22-21. The Lady Eagles finished the set out strong as Calvert delivered back-to-back enormous kills and Stricklin got the set-clinching ace to help the Lady Eagles take the second set, 25-21.

Calvert finished with a trio of kills and a point for Cold Springs. Slusser added a pair of kills and two points. Warden ended up with a trio of aces. Stricklin added a pair of aces and a point. Taylor ended up with a pair of kills and a point and Tidwell chipped in with an ace of her own.

Cleveland 26 – Cold Springs 24 (Third Set)

Cold Springs scored the first three points of the third set, including a Calvert ace, as they jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead. Cleveland went on a 7-2 run to take a 7-5 lead, but a Kaley Barger ace tied things up at eight. Later on, a point from Tidwell gave Cold Springs a 14-11 lead, but the Lady Panthers rallied to take the lead right back at 16-15. Tidwell collected a trio of aces during the Lady Eagles’ 7-1 run as they took a 22-17 lead. A point from Davis put Cold Springs one point away from sweeping the Lady Panthers, but Cleveland answered right back in a huge way as they ended up getting the final nine points of the set and ended up stunning the Lady Eagles, 26-24.

Tidwell finished with a trio of aces, a kill, and a point for Cold Springs. Calvert added three points, an ace, and a kill. Barger ended up with an ace, while Warden and Davis each collected a point.

Cold Springs 25 – Cleveland 17 (Fourth Set)

Cold Springs got off to a red-hot start in the fourth set as a Stricklin ace helped them get off to a quick 4-0 lead. Cleveland went on another run as they grabbed a 6-5 lead. Tidwell got a kill and a point as the Lady Eagles got the lead right back at 7-6, then Taylor helped them widen their lead in a huge way as she collected an astounding seven aces and that made it 16-6. Cold Springs later held a 19-10 lead, but the Lady Panthers scored four straight points to cut it to 19-14. A kill and a point from Calvert and later on, an ace from Stricklin, pushed the Lady Eagles lead to 23-15. They got the final two points of the set as they won a huge region game against the Lady Panthers, 25-17.

Taylor led the way for Cold Springs with an amazing seven aces. Calvert added a pair of kills and a point. Stricklin ended up with a pair of aces. Tidwell added a kill and a point and Slusser collected a pair of points as well.

Cold Springs will travel to Hayden to take on the Lady Wildcats and G.W. Carver in a tri-match Tuesday.

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