Spunaugle Leads Cardinals To Sweet Victory

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
Spunaugle Leads Cardinals To Sweet Victory
Northwest came into Lincoln on Tuesday night with a  3-3 record and with five starting freshmen and a senior. It might also be noted that Karli Smith is among the better freshmen to step foot on Lincoln’s floor this year.
While the new rule of 3 of 5 in varsity play takes the teams and the fans late into the evening near 10:00 , it does provide all of the volleyball one would want in one night.
Lincoln won the first set 25-17. Northwest, the second at 25-19 and the third at 25-10. Lincoln stayed alive with a 25-9 victory in the fourth.
In the fifth, both teams sought earnestly for the coveted 15 points which is needed for the win.
Northwest won the corn flip and elected to serve. They jumped out to a 5-3 lead. Raevin Craig, at 6’2, got a dink to tie things up at 6-6.
Northwest would score the next four points making it 10-6 and Lincoln’s Coach Larimore called a time out. Lincoln tied it at 11-11 as the timeout sparked new life into the girls. 
They took the lead at 13-12 and Northwest’s Coach Mark Dankenbing called a time out.
The next volley saw both team touch the ball seven times before Haley Elebing smashed a shot that Northwest couldn’t handle to make it 14-12 and Lincoln could taste victory.
However, Smith lined a drive that Caden Paxton dove for but couldn’t return .It was now 14-13. Northwest tied it on a shot barely inside the back line. Then Lincoln hit the ball out of bounds and it 14-15.
Lincoln tied it on a Northwest shot into the net and took the lead at 16 -15 when Northwest couldn’t return the volley.
Now it was time. The queen of the court on this night would step forth. The rotation brought Callie Spunuagle to center stage on the middle of the front line where she lives and breaths. She blocked three shots in a row, yes, three in a row and then hit a well timed dink to win the contest.
In other action, the A team won 2 of three 16 -25 ,25-15 and 25-19.
The JV won  25-20 and 27-25.