South wins Classic in five sets again

South All-Stars Caitlin Peterson (left, Palmyra) and Carlie
Bauer (Minden) dig a serve during the Tribune Classic
Thursday at Lynn Farrell Arena.

In front of about 300 fans at Hastings College's Lynn Farrell Arena, the North and South squads in the Hastings Tribune Volleyball Classic battled back and forth all the way to the final point.

The all-star game was guaranteed to be a four-set match, but for the second consecutive season, the two evenly-assembled teams had to go to a fifth set to decide a winner. 

In that decisive set, the North team was first to match point after a 4-1 run to lead 14-13. The North had the possession on its side of the net, and a hard kill attempt deflected off the South's Christy Swartzendruber of Bruning-Davenport/Shickley and went back over the net.

The players on the North side watched the ball come over, but they thought it was going to go out of bounds so no one touched it. The ball landed and neither of the side judges could see if it was in, but the head official was right there and said it was, tying the match at 14-all.

An error by the North put the South up one and at match point where Caitlin Peterson of Palmyra finished the deal with an ace serve to give her side its second consecutive five-set victory in the all-star match, 25-18, 16-25, 28-26, 17-25, 16-14 on Thursday night.

To read more, see Friday's Hastings Tribune or the Tribune e-edition.>>

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