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Lady Battlers finish regular season with 20-6 record, stopped in second round of districts

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After a stellar season of volleyball, Coach Jamie Cronin’s Lady Battlers finished the season in a hard fought upset during District 3B action.
The top seeded Potter County team lost the the fourth ranked Ipswich girls in four sets on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the GHS gym.
“It was a very hard fought match,” said Coach Cronin about the final game last week. “The girls came out strong and won the first close set and then fell short in sets two and three.”
Volleyball matches have no cap, although Coach Cronin said they usually are done with first team reaching a score of 25, winning by two.
The Lady Battlers pushed the Ipswich team to the limits. After winning the first set 25-23, Ipswich had to work for every point, eventually taking the second set 26-28 and the third 24-26. The final set ended 16-25, which cinched the match for the Lady Tigers.
“As you can see from our scores, our matches went to the limits and beyond. It was a hard way to end a season that had gone so well,” she said. “Many had high expectations for us and it was so disappointing to come up short,” Coach Cronin said, but added that  the support throughout the season and after the match was overwhelming.
“A loss by team isn’t just felt by the coaches and its members but by an entire community and beyond. This team has supporters from across the state who traveled many miles to watch them compete!” she said.

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