Koala Volleyball Opens Up Conference Play with Thrilling 5 Set Victory

The Columbia College Volleyball team opened up its home portion of their schedule with early conference action against St. Andrews University. The team came away with a thrilling 5 set victory over the knights with set scores of 20-25, 25-22, 26-24, 20-25, and 15-13. 


The Koalas traded points early in the first before St. Andrews began separating and racing out to an 18-12 lead. While attempting to make a comeback, Columbia dropped the first set 25-20.  Rebounding in set 2, Columbia took control half way through the set to come out on top of set 2 25-22 to level the match. Momentum stayed on the side of Koalas throughout the 3rd set with a 17-10 lead. A late surge by St. Andrews tied the score at 24 but the Koalas prevailed 26-24 to lead 2-1 in the match. St. Andrews proved up to the challenge and responded in set 4 with a 25-20 win and sent the match to the decisive 5th set. 


The Koalas sprang to a quick 4-2 lead. But Columbia errors and inspired play by St. Andrews shifted the score to a 7-5 deficit for the Koalas. After a timeout, Columbia responded with a 3 point push and 8-7 lead at the side change. Columbia continued to pull away with leads of 12-8 and 13-10 in the 15 point set. At match point and a 14-11 lead, St. Andrews scored 2 points in a row to cut the lead to a one point difference of 14-13. Coming out of a timeout, Senior Caylee Antilley slammed home the final kill to give the Koalas the 15-13 set win and 3-2 match win overall. 


Senior Kara Anderson led the offensive attack for the Koalas with 19 kills and a blistering 8 aces from the service line. Senior Caylee Antilley smashed home 12 kills. Seniors Moriah Brookins and Richelle Prijic added to the onslaught with 10 kills each. First-Year setter Anastasia Brackin drove the offense with 48 assists and First-Year libero Maris Irick anchored the defense with 18 digs. 


Columbia moves to a 3-2 record in the early season and 1 – 0 in AAC play. The Koalas next action will be Friday and Saturday at the Life University Tournament in Marietta, GA. The Koalas next home match is Friday September 9 against North Greenville at 6:00 pm.