Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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November 16, 2013

Comets come up short in state title Second-place finish is best since 1986

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Adeja Lambert started the comeback with two kills for the Cougars, before Stew-Stras was called for attacking errors on the next three points. The Cougars controlled the game with a 16-12 lead and finished off the Comets, winning the second set 25-17.

“If we worked together, there was nothing that could outshine us,” said Lambert, who had a game-high 11 kills. “We’re just a great team.”

The 6-foot-2 Lambert was a player Schlechte said her team prepared for, pulling the right side of the defense to the middle part of the court where Lambert was hitting.

But Lambert’s attacks came too quickly at times, Schlechte said, and the Comets defense couldn’t get to the ball, especially when blockers didn’t deflect the hits.

“I told Baylee (Quast), ‘Jump higher,’ and she laughed,” Schlechte said. “They came so fast at us that we weren’t able to react as fast to them.”

Schlechte said her blockers did a good job battling against the Cougars’ attack, but said her team’s offense struggled dealing with the defensive height.

Knop’s eight kills was two more than Tabbert’s six; however, Tabbert struggled with seven hitting errors in the game.

“I was just in a slump,” Tabbert said. “I just had to work hard to get through it and I knew I had my team to back me up.”

The senior cleaned things up later in the game, but it was too late for the Comets to battled back from a 24-16 hole in the decisive second set. Tabbert accounted for the last two Stew-Stras points in the set.

Keith Country Day went on a 9-2 run in the middle of the first set, which was tied 15-14 after the Comets scored three unanswered points.

“There’s not a lot you can say when you’re playing such a good team,” Schlechte said. “You can’t be disappointed with the loss.”

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