’Busco beats county rival in dogfight

COLUMBIA CITY — Churubusco’s volleyball team was nervous coming into its game at Columbia City Tuesday — but the Lady Eagles left confident as ever, beating their county rivals in a four-game battle.

Columbia City quickly took the lead in game one. Toward the end of the game, ’Busco’s players started getting comfortable, coming back to only lose by two points, 25-23.

The battle continued into game two, with the two teams trading points through the end. This time, Churubusco took the two-point win, 25-23, returning the favor to Columbia City.

“We were really nervous coming into this game,” said Churubusco head coach Caitlin Starkey. “It was Columbia City, county rival, at their home gym. They had to get the nervousness out and play normal, ’Busco volleyball.”

’Busco pulled away with a slight lead in game three, but Columbia City worked its way back into the game to tie the score at 25. ’Busco scored back-to-back points to finish break the match tie, winning 27-25 and holding a 2-1 overall lead over the hosts.

Churubusco finished off the win with a 25-21 victory in game four.

Partway through the game, Churubusco leader Sierra Przemielewski rolled her ankle, taking her out for the rest of the match. One of Starkey’s proudest aspects of the game is how her players stepped up to fill in for Przemielewski.

“Jade Rouch and Katy Krider came off the bench and played big when we needed them,” Starkey said. “It was an awesome team win.”

Churubusco continues to improve as the season progresses.

“Our team chemistry is through the roof this year,” Starkey said. “They just get along with each other so well. There is so much respect amongst themselves and with me. They are thriving.”

Offensively, Madi Gaff, Bekah Huelsenbeck and Brooke Nondorf led the team with 12, 11 and 10 kills, respectively.

Melanie Geiger recorded three aces, and Meranda Malott had 22 digs.