Columbia College Volleyball concluded their regular season play with a close 5 game victory over #2 Milligan. The Koalas lead the opening with a 19-25 finish to win the first set. Early in the second set, senior Kara Anderson achieved her 1,000th career kill. Even with her help at the net, the Koalas were unable to clinch the second set victory dropping a 25-20 set to Milligan. With the game tied 1-1, the Koalas came back fighting 25-21 in the third set bringing their lead back 2-1 before heading to the fourth. Milligan was not done and pushed to close a fourth set win of 25-20 and a 2-2 tie.
With their last game of the season the Koalas would not give up and brought the final set to an 8-6 lead at the side change. A tie at the 9th point by Milligan brought the crowd to their feet with only 6 points to end the game either way. Columbia held the match point at 14 allowing Milligan only a single additional point before the Koalas smashed home the 5 set victory 17-15 ending the game on a net error by Milligan.
Senior Kara Anderson ended her final game as a Koala with 22 kills and a single hitting error to establish a remarkable hitting percentage for the evening. Additionally, Anderson had 2 serving aces and 16 digs as she fought to keep the Koalas off the floor and in the game. Anderson ended her volleyball career with a total of 1,017 kills.
Seniors Moriah Brookins and Richelle Prijic likewise added 14 kills a piece in their final game to Milligan to total a whopping 28 kills to add on the Koala attack line. Prijic had 3 service aces from the line and 10 digs to defensively secure the win.
Senior Caylee Antilley paired 12 kills and 12 digs proving herself to be both powerful at the net and quick on the floor. Likewise, Senior Libero Mackenzie Wood's 19 digs spared the Koalas from defeat many times as she dove and recovered repeated throughout the sets.
It was a tremendous and memorable night for the seniors to finish both their season and their volleyball careers on such a hard earned win.
Sophomore setter Shanae Hughes aided the seniors remarkably well with 62 assists, 11 digs and 3 aces in a spectacular night for herself as well.