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Cadets reach Milestones, Comets reach Victory during NEIC volleyball match

Cadets reach Milestones, Comets reach Victory during NEIC volleyball match
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City senior Hailey Kowalski, left, and junior Emma Miller converge on the ball during Tuesday’s volleyball match against Crestwood. The Comets won in four sets.

By John Burbridge

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CRESCO — Now that the month is upon us, there’s an excuse to make a reference to “Mr. October” — a.k.a. hall of fame slugger Reggie Jackson.

Reggie hit 563 home runs during his career … 581 when including the postseason, hence the nickname. Reggie has said that he can distinctly remember all of them. The team and pitcher they were against … the pitch thrown, location and count … Who was on first.

Crestwood senior Kelly Miller will likely remember her 500th career volleyball kill. It came against Charles City during a Northeast Iowa Conference match hosted by the Cadets on Tuesday.

It was a resounding kill from the left-handed hitter (Reggie also hit left handed) with teammate Tierney Perkins getting the assist — Perkins was credited with 47 assists against the Comets while surpassing 500 assists for the season.

It gave the Cadets a 16-12 lead in the second set, and the team promptly called a timeout to honor the milestone achievement.

Crestwood went on to win the second set (25-23) after dropping the first (25-16) to even the match with momentum seemingly on its side.

But the Comets responded to win the third set (25-16), and after trailing 7-3 early in the fourth before taking a 22-17 lead only to have Crestwood rally to tie it with 5 straight points, killings points by Charles City freshman Mya Rimrod and junior Emma Miller put the Comet ahead for good before a killing attempt from the Cadets landed well beyond the end line to cap the set at 25-22 for a 3-1 Comet victory.

Charles City junior Keely Collins had 9 kills and 5 blocks to lead the Comets (14-7), who also got 19 assists and 10 digs from sophomore Anya Ruzicka; 7 kills and 7 blocks from sophomore Jadyn Van Horn; 13 kills and 13 digs from senior Morgan Maloy; 13 digs and 3 aces from senior Ava Ellis; and 4 aces from freshman Keely Anderegg.

Charles City will be back in action on Saturday while hosting a tournament in Comet Gym.

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