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Royal spikers lose heartbreaker to Bulldogs

OGDEN – The Colo-Nesco volleyball team wasn’t able to slam the door on Ogden Sept. 5 in Ogden as a strong start didn’t hold up in a five-set setback.

Colo-Nesco had its way early in the match. The Royals dominated the first set, winning by a lopsided 25-13 score, and they won a 25-22 confrontation in set two to put Ogden on the brink of elimination.

But the Bulldogs came back to defeat Colo-Nesco in the third set by a 25-16 margin. In set four, Colo-Nesco had a golden chance to finish off Ogden, but the Royals couldn’t complete the job, losing a tough 26-24 battle.

The close loss in the fourth set completely drained Colo-Nesco’s spirit. The Royals got nothing going during the decisive rally game, suffering a 15-4 loss to drop the match and fall to 4-4 on the season.

Colo-Nesco had a solid attack in a losing effort. The Royals had 31 kills and 14 errors in 85 attacks to finish with a .200 kill-efficiency rate.

Colo-Nesco also went 87 of 91 serving as a team with four aces. The Royals did well at the net defensively as well, racking up 10 blocks.

Middle blocker Caitlyn Riese played a tremendous match for Colo-Nesco in defeat. She totaled 11 kills and 10 blocks and also went 12 of 13 serving with three aces.

Madison Farren, Hannah Buseman and Sam Riese also played well up front. Farren had eight kills, eight digs, one block and one ace; Buseman finished with five kills, seven digs and two blocks and Sam compiled six kills, six digs and three blocks.

Brittnee Packer added 10 assists and eight digs and McKenna Farren delivered 10 assists and five digs. Packer was also 18 of 19 serving and McKenna was an impressive 32 of 32 with one ace.

Kylie Sarver led Colo-Nesco in digs with 17 and Shayla Dean chipped in six.

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