Chatfield beats Southland in four

Published 11:07 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Southland's Celina Yunker attempts to tip the ball over the net in game four of their match against Chatfield Tuesday night in Adams. - Eric Johnson/

ADAMS — Southland struggled with consistency as it fell to Chatfield (6-0 overall, 1-0 Three Rivers) by scores of 25-22, 21-25, 25-11, 26-24 in a volleyball match Tuesday.

Southland's Lindsey Bottema tries to flip the ball away a block at the net in game two against Chatfield Tuesday night in Adams. Southland would end up losing to Chatfield 3-1. - Eric Johnson/

The Rebels (1-5 overall, 0-1 Three Rivers) had a chance to take the lead in the last game but they missed a serve with the score knotted at 24 and then they couldn’t return a hit on the deciding point of the fourth game.

“The last game came down to us making a couple of more mistakes than they did,” Southland head coach Angie Smith said. “It was a good game.”

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The second game was tied at 19 when Kellie Shawback hammered down a point to give Southland the lead for good. Lindsey Bottema landed a set inside the back line to make it 22-19 and Jana Schammel served an ace to make it 23-19.

In the third game, Southland lost all of the momentum it had built by falling behind 13-4 early on.

“When they’re up, they’re so ecstatic and when they’re down, they’re struggling,” Smith said. “We played better overall and we were a totally different team from last week.”

No team led by more than three points in the last game of the night.

Southland stats: Jana Schammel, 8 kills, 2 aces, 5 digs; Madi Schmitz, 7 kills, 13 digs, 1 block;

Southland's Kelli Smith receives a serve during game two of their match Tuesday night against Chatfield in Adams. - Eric Johnson/

Celina Yunker, 6 kills, 14 digs, 1 block; Lindsey Bottema, 9 digs, 2 kills, 14 set assists; Hillary Bottema, 7 digs, 3 kills; Kelli Smith, 11 digs, 1 ace; Kellie Shawback, 5 kills, 2 blocks; Elizabeth May, 2 kills, 5 digs, 3 blocks, 1 ace; Kelly Gray, 5 digs