By Bill Bray
FREMONT – The Lady Giants returned to action Monday night with an exciting five set victory over the Bowling Green Lady Bobcats during the “Hits for Hope” volleyball game.
The proceeds from the non-league match went to the Liberty Center of Sandusky County.
“We have fought through many distractions over the last few weeks,” coach Lindi Cahill said. “No excuses, but with the distractions, our girls have to learn to adapt to all the background things going on around them.”
Picking up action in the first set, The Lady Giants (6-1) were up 21-17. The momentum was on the side of the Lady Giants with home court advantage if you will. The Purple Pit Crew, a collection of fellow students who come out to support the ladies, were in full force as their cheering made a positive impact. From 21-17, the Giants got two big kills by Carma Johnson, a service ace by Abby Cahill, and a beautiful shot to an open area by Kelsey Weickert leading the Giants to a set one win 25-17.
The second set was much like the first, the set saw 12 ties along the way. With the score tied 21-21, Fremont was again led by Johnson with a kill, Lyndi Wolf with two kills and a bad serve by Bowling Green. Final score Ross 25-21.
Down two-set, Bowling Green sprang into action. Fremont held a 15-8 lead mid-way through the set. Bowling Green began to chip away at the Little Giant lead. With a block later in the set the Lady Bobcats tied the score at 17. The set then turned into a dog. Bowling Green took a 22-18 lead only to see Ross tie it back up at 22 all. Thanks in part from a Brook Smith kill and an Abby Cahill service ace. Another Cahill ace put the Giants back in front at 23-22. A kill by Bowling Green and an offensive mistake by the Giants put the Lady Bobcats back up 24-23. Bowling Green went on to win the set 26-24.
The Bobcats started the fourth set where they left off in the third. They were attacking the left side of their offensive net. The set again was nip and tuck through much of the time. At one point the score was 14-12 in favor of Bowling Green. The Lady Bobcats would outscore the Giants 11-3 the remainder of the set and go on to win 25-15 setting up a deciding fifth set.
In the fifth and final set, the Little Giants caught their second wind. With the score tied at five, Fremont scored six unanswered points as they increased the advantage to 11-5. Then with the score 11-8 in Fremont’s favor. The Little Giants scored the rest of the night’s points to win the set and the match. The score of the fifth set was 15-8. The domination of the fifth set was thanks in large part to the play of Jocelyn Hines, Caroline Cahill, and Johnson.