ACC volleyball finishes roller-coaster season with five-set win

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November 6, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Allen Community College’s volleyball season came to an end on a high note with a five-set win over Cottey College.
After earning over 20 wins and a playoff berth last season, this year has had its ups and downs and resulted in an 11-23 record.
“At first, it looked like we knew it was our last game. Sure, we went out and got the win, but once we got the first set win, it looked like we thought the match was over,” coach Jessica Peters said. “Then they beat us and it was like ‘oh, we still have to play.’ It wasn’t just about this one win. Then we lost another and we thought, ‘this really could be over.’ But, that’s when the momentum shifted.”
Allen won the first set 25-17, fourth set 25-20 and tiebreaker 15-12. ACC lost the second set 25-21 and third set 25-18.
In set one, the Red Devils won with the decision never being in doubt. Allen built a 12-5 lead and easily hung onto it. With the score 17-11, Cottey did provide a bit of a challenge with a five-point rally to pull within one point. But, Allen kept calm and went onto win by eight points with a final six-point rally.
The Red Devils had the lead in the second set, but gave it up. With the score at 9-8, Cottey tied the game and took the lead and never gave it up. The Comets soared to a 17-11 lead, but Allen did fight back to make it close. Allen trailed 20-19, but couldn’t take the lead and only scored two more points in the set.
The third set wasn’t really close, with Cottey taking a 10-5 advantage to pull away. The Red Devils didn’t manage to get any closer than that, staying behind by six or more points for the rest of the set. Ultimately, Allen lost by seven points.
The Red Devils made a comeback in the fourth set. After trailing 8-4, it appeared the game was going to be more of the same. ACC went on a tear and took an 11-10 lead. The rest of the set went point-for-point with Allen going on a four-point rally to win the set and force the tiebreaker.
Allen started off hot, with an 8-4 advantage in the final set. But, the Comets didn’t go away and trailed 13-12. That’s when Allen finished them off with the final two points and the season-ending win.
Peters said the team went into the final match looking to end the season on a win.
“Truly that was what it was about. That was the mentality that we were trying to produce,” Peters said. “Since this last week from Fort Scott, we told everyone how many other teams get to really end on a win? It’s the ones that win the national tournament, all the others go home with a loss.”
The roller-coaster year ended with a roller-coaster match.
For the sophomores, their career at Allen came to an end.
“None of the three have intentions to go on and play,” Peters said. “It is nice that they get to end a career on that win.”
Overall, the team had 60 kills on the night, with 15 of them coming from sophomore Sarah Webb.
“Webb had an outstanding night,” Peters said. “What a true example of what that kid has worked for. She came in from a small 1-A (high school).”
Halley Scott ended her career with a team-high 38 digs and two aces. Andonae Magdziarz swatted 13 kills in her final match.
Madi Maguire posted 23 assists and an impressive four aces. Raquel West led the team with 27 assists.
The win concluded Allen’s season.

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