COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus State Community College volleyball team opened up their season with two conference matches on Friday and Saturday on the home court. The Cougars defeated Edison 3-2 (25-21, 19-25, 14-25, 25-22, 15-11) before dropping a 0-3 (19-25, 16-25, 22-25) match to Lakeland.
Match 1: Columbus State 3, Edison 2
Columbus State's balanced attack against the Chargers led to their five set victory in Friday's season-opening match. The Cougars executed 54 kills on 147 attempts for a .279 attack percentage while holding the Chargers to a .161 attack percentage on 236 attempts. As a team, the Blue & White scooped up 158 digs, compared to Edison's 101 and out-blocked 38-20.
Sophomore Allyse Rutter nearly had a triple double with nine kills, 21 assists, and 12 digs while sophomore Vicki Osborne dished out a game high 22 assists for the Cougars. Sophomore Haley Litman registered a game high 25 digs and three service aces.
Match 2: Lakeland 3, Columbus State 0
Unlike Friday night's match, the Cougars but were plagued by errors, particularly in the first two sets.
As a team, Columbus State surrendered points due to attack errors (14), serve-receive errors (10), block errors (6) and service errors (5) while being held to a .140 attack percentage.
Abigail Lucas had double-digit kills with ten on .350 percentage while Leah Conway smacked down six for the Cougars. Vicki Osborne and Rachel Ralston combined to dish out 29 assists while Haley Litman and freshman Olivia Dunham scooped up a joint 31 digs.
The Cougars will be back in action this upcoming Wednesday, August 30, when they travel to Nelsonville for a conference match-up against Hocking. The match will start at 6:00 p.m.