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Classics’ offense overpowers Tigers in two-game victory

Michaela Bixler attempts to block the Classics’ Leanne Cleveland. Photo: Emma Klak

The Pi Delta Classics volleyball team showed their offensive firepower and quick defense Saturday as they beat the Theta Delta Omicron Tigers in two games, controlling play at the net and covering their court seamlessly.

The Tigers fell into a quick 7-2 hole due to a flurry of hits from the Classics’ front and back rows, forcing them to take an early timeout.

The Tigers came out of the timeout with renewed energy and an impressive defensive effort from the back row, as well as several kills from leading offensive threat Becca Bredehoft.

The Classics lost some footing as the Tigers clawed their way back into the game following the timeout, but Leanne Cleveland and Kristin Jeffcott utilized the consistently accurate setting of Nikki Warman and regained control of front-row play.

Mental errors also cost the Tigers in the first game, including some missed serves and miscommunications.

Game two had a much different start, as the Tigers surged out to an early lead thanks to powerful hitting and back-to-back aces by Bredehoft, as well as continuously strong back row hitting and defense.

Jeffcott remained an intimidating presence at the net, altering hits and scoring several of her own, but Bredehoft kept racking up hits in spite of the opposing defense.

The Tigers fought hard to keep the lead and brought the score to game point at 24-25, but the potentially winning serve went outside the back of the Classics’ court, giving the Classics possession.

The Tigers couldn’t score on the Classics’ ensuing two serves and lost the match 27-25.