The last time the Central Lady Cougars volleyball team beat Mater Dei was a battle between Jim Cook and Chad Rakers on October 31, 2013.
That edition was for the Triad Regional championship with an eventual State Tournament berth for the Cougars who finished in fourth.
Now, 3,243 days later, the Cougars claimed a “Pink Out” win over the Lady Knights on Saturday at Stan Eagleson Gymnasium in front of 1,587 fans.
The Cougars continued their dominance of first game victories as they have won the first game in each of their 13 matches. They are now 8-5 on the season with a trip to Wood River on Thursday.
Mater Dei fell to 13-4 on the season as they have gone 3-3 over their past six matches.
MD hosted Freeburg on Tuesday at Fred Rakers Court while Rock Bridge will come to Breese on Saturday.
Central 25-25, Mater Dei 21-17: The Lady Cougars ended a two-game losing streak on their home floor with a sweep over the Lady Knights on Saturday.
The Lady Knights came out strong in both games, only to see the Lady Cougars battle back and earn the victory.
“I could not be more happy for these girls,” said Central head coach Cathy Kohnen. “They play so well together and we have put a lot of hard work in the gym. We know we have the ability, we just need to put it all together.”
Mater Dei’s Avery Wuebbels and Alyssa Koerkenmeier got things rolling for MD with a 5-1 lead after two blocks from Koerkenmeier and a block/kill combo from Wuebbels.
Central regrouped on a service run from Izzy Toeben after a kill from junior Kaydence Schroeder. Riley Koehler had a back-row kill while MD had two unforced errors to post Central with their first lead at 6-5.
Central never trailed from there getting another run with two kills from Grace Johnson and a kill from senior Emma Taylor to extend the CHS lead to 11-7.
A block from Grace Johnson extended the CHS lead to 14-9 before Mater Dei came right back. Ella Diercks smacked down a kill to ignite a 5-0 run with two blocks from Koerkenmeier to tie the game 15-15.
Mater Dei had two hitting errors, combined with an ace from Alayna Santel and a block from Emma Ratermann, to give CHS the lead at 18-15.
“Our serve receive and our unforced errors just killed us,” said Mater Dei head coach Chad Rakers. “When you are consistently having your setters run past the 10-foot line we are putting ourselves in a tough spot. And Central was not missing. When they were getting the second ball, they were ripping it.”
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