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OHS volleyball closes well in win

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 9/27/2013

Ottawa High School volleyball coach Laura Jeannin liked how the Cyclones finished Thursday against Emporia in Ottawa.

The Cyclone turned it on at the right time. Ottawa used a 12-1 run in the second set to erase a 16-11 deficit.

Ottawa High School volleyball coach Laura Jeannin liked how the Cyclones finished Thursday against Emporia in Ottawa.

The Cyclone turned it on at the right time. Ottawa used a 12-1 run in the second set to erase a 16-11 deficit.

Ottawa’s big run fueled the victory in two sets. Ottawa won 25-21, 25-18. The Cyclones fell 25-17, 25-9 to Mill Valley in the opener.

Ottawa became aggressive in those runs against Emporia. Jeannin said when Ottawa attempts to be passive with tips over the net that is when the offense struggles.

Ottawa’s blocking with Katlyn Geist helped spearhead the rally.

Jeannin said Ottawa played with confidence and emotion against Emporia, a team the Cyclones matched up well with.

She said Mill Valley was too powerful for Ottawa.

Both sets against Emporia ended up being close. Ottawa went on a 7-1 spurt to open a 16-8 lead in the first set.

Emporia caught a wave of momentum and tied it a 20-20 with a 12-4 run. Ottawa closed the set on a 5-1 spurt for the win.

Jeannin said it was nice to see Ottawa end both sets strong.

The second set started with both teams exchanging points.

Emporia led 6-5 and 8-7. The set was tied at 11-11 when Emporia went on a 5-0 run for a 16-11 lead.

Ottawa scored six straight for a 17-16 lead and gained all the momentum. Ottawa rolled to a 23-17 lead.

Jeannin said Ottawa needs to build off that kind of performance as the Cyclones are about halfway through the season.

She said Ottawa has grown a lot since the beginning of the season.

Ottawa (12-9) plays Saturday in the Tonganoxie Invitational.

Kylie Foster: 6 kills.

Corie Fischer: 6 kills, 12 digs.

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