FORT WAYNE — Columbia City’s volleyball season came to an end Saturday in the sectional semifinal against Garrett at Bishop Dwenger High School.
The Eagles fell in four games, battling back after a game 1 loss to win the second 25-19. The Eagles couldn’t sustain against Garrett’s best volleyball team in school history, falling in the third and fourth games to bid farewell to the 2018 season with a 10-21 record.
“I thought Columbia City did a great job of coming out strong. We knew it was going to be a tough match given that it was our third competition (against Columbia City) of the season,” Garrett coach Lydia Gard said. “But I was proud of how my girls responded. I thought they did a nice job of regarding their time to get our rhythm going. Once we got that, we were able to hold on to it.”
Garrett and Columbia City went back and forth to start the first set, then a couple of errors by the Railroaders gave the Eagles an 11-9 lead. Garrett then went on an impressive really, rattling off 10 straight points.
The Lady Eagles came out firing in game two, taking a 3-0 lead to start the set and going on to win 25-19.
“I think it was an emotional letdown,” Gard said. “There’s always nerves going into a sectional match. I don’t think the score reflect how hard Columbia City fought. I think we just kind of came out and took a deep breath and never really got back in it. We didn’t expect Columbia City to come back the way they did.”
Taylor Osborn had a strong finish to the season with four aces, six kills and three digs. Abi Potts led the team in kills with 10 and also chipped in five digs.
Shianne Brooke led the back row with 21 digs and 21 assists.
Garrett went on to lose to sectional host Bishop Dwenger in the championship game Saturday evening.