The Crawford Rams extended their winning streak to four games with a defeat of the Sioux County Warriors on the volleyball court Friday.
The Rams won in four, 25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 25-17 and are now 9-9 on the season. Sioux County fell to 12-6 and are on a three-game losing streak, which includes two losses to the Rams.
Crawford opened the first set with a 3-1 lead, but a kill by Skylar Edmund and five ace serves by Kailey Klein put the Warriors ahead 7-3. Consecutive kills by Sierra and Tamika Eastman extended that to 9-4, but the Rams landed three aces by Natalie Barry and two kills to tie it at nine. An ace by Skylar Summers and a kill by Carly Lemmon knotted the score at 13. Two more kills by Lemmon and a series of hitting errors by the Warriors put the Rams firmly in the lead for the remainder of the set.
In the second set, Klein hammered out two ace serves for an early Warrior lead, but a Barry tip and two aces by Lemmon put the Rams ahead. Crawford opened up a 9-5 lead, only to see the Warriors charge back to tie the contest behind a Rachel Krein block, a Sierra Eastman ace and Klein kill. Sioux County’s hitting errors put the Rams back in the driver’s seat 18-12 before the Warriors attempted a late run. The Eastman sisters drilled out a hit apiece, and Edmund struck with an ace serve to help the Warriors pull within one. Despite additional late kills by Edmund and Klein, the Rams held on to go up 2-0.
The Warriors prevented a sweep in the third, coming back from a 4-1 deficit to take a 12-5 lead on four ace serves by Britney Klein and Edmund, two kills and a block by Sierra Eastman and a free ball kill by Ashley Hunter. The Rams never got closer than four points again, despite three kills by Lemmon, a tip by Tianna Clark, two aces Tylea Underwood and two tips by Barry.
Though Sioux County led 2-1 as the fourth set got underway thanks to back-to-back kills by Edmund and Sierra Eastman, the Rams took a 4-2 lead after Barry landed a kill and blocked Eastman. The Rams never let go of the lead again on their way to victory.
The loss was the Warriors second in two days after they fell to Edgemont last Thursday 5-25, 13-25, 25-19, 20-25.