Warriors get victory over Central Christian

Janae Rempel/free pressChloe Burkholder sends a tip over the net during Set 1 with Central Christian on Thursday. Marion won in five sets, 13-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23.
Janae Rempel/free pressChloe Burkholder sends a tip over the net during Set 1 with Central Christian on Thursday. Marion won in five sets, 13-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23.
It took five sets, but the Marion volleyball team earned a victory over Central Christian on Thursday in a best of five matchup.

Marion lost the first two sets, 25-13, and 25-22, and coach Kris Burkholder attributed the slow start to a lack of energy.

“I don’t know why, but we came out on the court when we were warming up, [and] I felt like we were kind of sluggish,” Burkholder said. “I felt like we didn’t have energy. We started out the game, and that was very obvious.

“For whatever reason, we didn’t have our game faces on that first set. We came back and did well the second set. Only lost by three.”

The turnaround that began in Set 2 continued in the final three sets as Marion gained momentum and won by scores of 25-22, 25-22 and 25-23.

Burkholder credited the success to a defensive adjustment.

“Central Christian tipped the ball more than they hit, and that threw us off guard the first couple sets,” she said. “We had to work to adjust to that because we practice where we hit.”

Coming—Marion (4-2) was scheduled to host a triangular Tuesday and will compete at the Centre tournament Saturday, where matches are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.