LAKEWOOD-- It took all five sets to decide a winner between the Columbine and Castle View volleyball teams on Saturday at the Regis Jam tournament.
The match was so close, that even the 5th and final set came down to just a couple of points.
After Castle View stormed back from being down 2-0, the Columbine Rebels were able to hold on 15-13 in the fifth set to win and advance to the next round.
Nothing came easy for the Rebels on the day.
In the first set alone, they rallied late to take the lead. The set even went longer than 25 points, as Columbine escaped with a 29-27 victory after a great defensive play by Kerstin Layman that led to the winning point.
That battle set the tone for the rest of match.
The second set went similarly, as Castle View jumped out to a lead thanks to some great serves from Freshman Leanne Lowry.
But again, Columbine came back and pulled out another close victory 25-23 thanks to several impressive kills from Maddie Gorman-Shore.
The Sabercats narrowly avoided getting swept with a 25-21 victory in the third set, which included a monstrous kill by Kate Menz.
A fantastic dig by Castle View's Lauren Lowry highlighted the fourth set, which the Sabercats won 25-19.
And so, an even match deservedly went to its fifth set.
It looked like the Sabercats were going to pull off the remarkable comeback when Menz hammered home two huge kills in a matter of minutes in the final set.
But, Columbine scored the last three points of the set to finish off a 15-3 victory and win the match in thrilling fashion.
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