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Errors cost Plum City in regional final

FOUNTAIN CITY -- The errors piled up and the Plum City volleyball team dug too big of a hole to climb out of against Cochrane-Fountain City in the WIAA regional final.

The Blue Devils made many mistakes that cost them at critical junctures and allowed the Pirates to escape with a 25-2, 17-25, 25-16, 30-28 victory to advance to sectionals and end their season.

Early on it had the looks of a blowout, but Plum City showed some resiliency to grab a second-set victory and nearly push the match to a fifth set.

Heather Von Holtum led the Blue Devils with 16 kills and Marah Boyer added 13. Morgan Sweeney led Plum City with 22 assists.

C-FC opened the match with a 9-0 run in the first set and ended it on an 11-0 run as the Blue Devils hurt themselves with errors more than the Pirates did on the attack.

"We started off slow," Plum City head coach Nanette Murray said. "We had big ups and downs but we came back and fought through things. I was hoping for a strong start and it didn't quite come that way."

The Blue Devils did fight back in the second set for a 25-17 victory and challenged C-FC in the third set before the Pirates pulled away with an 8-0 run that led to a 25-16 victory.

In the fifth set Plum City had four set points, including a 28-27 advantage, but the Pirates used two errors by the Blue Devils to steal a 30-28 victory to seal the match.

"I thought we had it but they started hitting some holes and we didn't quite get there," Murray said. "They were tipping on the sides and that got us a couple of times."

Plum City led in the fifth set by as much as five points but couldn't find a way to close it out.

The whole match featured great digging from both sides. Sarah Gilles had a team-high seven digs for the Blue Devils while Von Holtum and Boyer each had four.