In hosting Sheridan and Kennedy on Thursday, Oct. 4, Colton dropped to 4-7 in league

PIONEER PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Colton's Madelyn Robinson goes up for the kill.COLTON—The Lady Vikings came into the doubleheader against the Sheridan Spartans and Kennedy Trojans looking to correct a two game skid. Up first was Sheridan and, for the first set at least, the home team looked to be turning a corner.

The Lady Vikings jumped out to an early 17-8 lead and looked to be cruising to a clear cut win. Sheridan came marching back with an 8-1 stretch, making the game 18-16, and eventually tying it up at 19's. Colton was able to get points back on the board with Sheridan hitting it out of bounds, lifting, and hitting it into the net. Junior Madi Beguelin also got an ace while serving during that stretch. Colton ended the set up 25-20, and led 1-0.

Sheridan started the next set strong, jumping out to a 4-0 lead over the home team. Colton evened it up, with junior Olivia Roland getting a kill, and Beguelin getting a block. Once again Sheridan put together a strong run, stringing together six straight points. From there, Colton and Sheridan traded points back and forth but the Lady Vikings were unable to close the gap to fewer than five points. To end of the second set, Sheridan went on a 9-3 run to close the set. The Lady Vikings and the Spartans were tied 1-1.

The third set was more closely contested than the second, with the two teams going back and forth through 16 points eventually tying up at 8-8. From there though Sheridan slowly started to pull away, scoring five straight points. Colton scored a few points off a junior Sophie Holden kill and Sheridan error, but the trend continued for the Spartans who never let the Lady Vikings get within 3 points for the rest of the set.

By the end of the third set it was Sheridan up, winning 25-17.

In the fourth and ultimately final set Colton put its best foot forward since the first frame. The Lady Vikings jumped out to a 10-3 lead with kills from sophomore Madelyn Robinson and Roland accompanying Sheridan fouls. Slowly though the momentum shifted back to the visiting team. Sheridan went on a 12-4 run, eventually overtaking Colton at 15-14. Colton needed a gut check, and they found it.

The Lady Vikings took the lead back by scoring five straight points with kills from junior Courtney Weinberger and Robinson, and a block from Beguelin. Sheridan refused to be shut down though, and battled back to once again overtake the home team at 23-22. Colton got one point back, but Sheridan ended up winning the final set 25-23, and thus the game 3-1.

It was not any easier against Kennedy, and the home team got shut out 3-0 with scores of 25-11, 25-10, and 25-13.

Colton (4-7 in Tri River Conference, 4-11 overall) will have a chance at retribution against Kennedy (21-1 overall, 12-0 in TRC) on the road Monday, Oct. 8 after the Pioneer goes to press.

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