Donnie Yeager / The Daily Jeffersonian
ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The Cambridge Lady Bobcats saw their season come to an unceremonious end on John Jenkins Court at St. Clairsville, getting upset by the Minerva Lady Lions 25-21, 19-25, 34-32, 25-22, 12-15, Saturday night.
In game one, the Lady Bobcats and Lady Lions played even throughout, with Cambridge's Vontisa Harvey and Minerva's Kelsey Diels making some spectacular plays at the net. After the 'Cats found some breathing room, Katie Caldwell delivered a wicked serve for an ace to deliver the 25-21 win.
In the second contest, Minerva used a nice service stretch from Taylor Maurer to open a seven point lead on the Lady 'Cats and never really looked back. Cambridge did close the gap to five late in the game, but could not rally falling 25-19.
The third game was a back and forth affair that didn't afford either team breathing room, as the teams traded 10 serves back and forth in the closing stages, before Minerva won consecutive points to go up 24-22, then Cambridge rallied back to go up 25-24 on the service of Candice Bumgardner. The marathon continued until an errant spike by Diels went out of bounds and Harvey delivered a huge block for the 34-32 final.
Minerva looked primed to send the match to a fifth game, but behind the net play and service of Harvey, Cambridge rallied back from nine down. The Lions were not to be denied though taking a 25-22 win with Nicole Christner owning the net.
In the fifth and final set, Minerva roared to a 7-4 lead, forcing the Lady Bobcats into a time-out, but the stoppage helped as Cambridge pulled ahead 11-10. Christner rallied her team though, as the Red-and-Black pulled ahead 13-12 forcing Cambridge's final "T.O." Unfortunately for the 'Cats Christner and her team were running on adrenaline and quickly grabbed the final two points for the 15-12 upset.