The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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September 26, 2013

Cougars show improvement

CLINTON — It’s difficult to measure success in wins and losses for coach Tori Matzen and her Clinton Community College volleyball team.

Matzen has just eight players on the team — three of whom were on the roster a year ago, another who played for the team in 2011 and twins Paige and Liz Sanquist who last played as high school seniors for Fulton in 2010.

But, the Cougars can see things getting better each time out.

“We’ve gotten better every single day,” Matzen said.

“We’ve definitely come along better now than in the beginning,” Paige Sanquist said.

In her estimation, Wednesday night was a step in the right direction even though the St. Ambrose junior varsity beat Clinton CC for third time this season, winning 25-20, 25-17, 19-25, 26-24 at Yourd Gymnasium.

“As long as we play good, I’m happy,” Sanquist said. “You like to win every game, but we’ll take what we can get. I think we played good. If we played like we did in Game Four, I think we would have won in three games.”

The Cougars (3-15-1) were at their best in the final two games, winning the third set and coming back to tie the fourth at 24 before the Queen Bees scored the final two points.

St. Ambrose appeared on the way to a three-game sweep when it scored the first four points of the third set. But, the Cougars responded with four in a row, tying the match when Paige Sanquist (41 assists) set up her sister for a hard kill from the left side.

St. Ambrose reclaimed the lead on the next point, but Clinton pulled even on a kill from sophomore Kiara Williams, who didn’t play last year, and went ahead on a kill by freshman Keveena Wattley, who had a team-high 19, and one of her team-best four blocks on the next rally.

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