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OAKLAND CITY - Tecumseh used more spiking and better serving to beat Cannelton 25-10, 25-7, 25-6 in the first round of Wood Memorial's Class A volleyball sectional Saturday.
The smaller Bulldogs made only five kills and one block.
Sometimes a small team can make up for a lack of dominant front-row hitting with strong passing and serving.
But the Bulldogs had 13 dropped balls and made eight bad serves, including five in the first game. They had no ace serves.
They trailed only 5-2 in the first game before they made their first serve into the net.
That started a 13-3 run by Tecumseh capped by a power kill by senior middle hitter Laura Lochmueller.
Tecumseh jumped to an 8-1 lead in the second game as Julie Roeder served seven consecutive points.
The Bulldogs stayed within seven points, 12-5, as Sammie James made a kill. But they immediately followed that by hitting a serve out of bounds.
Tecumseh built a 10-1 lead in the third game before Cannelton forced a side out.
But again the Bulldogs followed that with a bad serve.
James made two kills and one block in the match to lead Cannelton hitters. Nakaa Myers made 15 good sets.
Myers and Brooke Powers each made two digs.
Cannelton finished the season 2-18.
Tecumseh went on to beat Wood Memorial 25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19 later in the day to win the sectional for the seventh year in a row.