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CANNELTON—Cannelton made more spikes than usual but had some serving and bumping problems in a 25-20, 25-13, 25-10 volleyball loss to South Spencer Tuesday.
Sarah Powers served seven consecutive points—one with the help of a kill by Tora Walls—to give Cannelton a 9-5 lead in the second game.
South Spencer gradually battled back to take a 12-11 lead. Cannelton then had a chance to tie the score but made a bad serve.
Cannelton fell behind 5-1 at the start of the third game and never pulled closer than three points the rest of the way.
After the Bulldogs made a bad serve, South Spencer’s top server for the night served five consecutive points to put the Rebels up 24-9.
She hit her next serve into the net, but Cannelton made an errant return on its ensuing serve to give the Rebels the final point.
Sammie James made 12 spikes, including seven kills, for Cannelton.
Hannah Baur added 10 spikes, Jaci Garrett seven, and Sarah Powers four. Walls made two kills.
Powers served eight points, including four aces. She also made four digs and one block.
Nakaa Myers made 25 sets and seven digs.
South Spencer won the junior varsity match 25-15, 19-25, 15-11.
James and Allicyn Garrett each served seven points for Cannelton. James, Walls and Leah Mascolo each served two aces.
James and Mascolo each made three kills and Myers made 12 sets. James made three digs.
Cannelton played a varsity-only match at Wood Memorial Saturday and lost 25-11, 25-11, 25-19.
Normally a varsity-only format helps the Bulldogs, as they do not have to divide each player’s five-game limit between the varsity and JV matches.
But the Bulldogs were shorthanded Saturday, with Jaci Garrett sidelined with a knee injury and Walls and Shy May out sick.
Myers served five points to lead Cannelton.
Cannelton, 1-23 in varsity and 5-9 in JV matches, will host South Central tonight at 6.
This will be the Bulldogs’ senior-night match, as their home match with Rock Creek scheduled Oct. 16 has been canceled because Rock Creek is on fall break that week and will be short of players.