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Callahan a big hit for Buhach Colony volleyball

Atwater's Cassie Fensin (15) and Kaylyn Schiber (14) try to block a spike by Buhach's Megan Callahan (1) in the third game on Thursday.
Atwater's Cassie Fensin (15) and Kaylyn Schiber (14) try to block a spike by Buhach's Megan Callahan (1) in the third game on Thursday. SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG

ATWATER -- One word was on the mind of Buhach Colony's Megan Callahan: revenge.

The left-handed junior dominated her cross-town rivals with emphatic kill after kill.

Callahan finished with 24 kills to go along with 16 digs Thursday night, as BC avenged an earlier loss to Atwater with a 25-15, 25-12, 21-25, 25-20 win.

"We wanted this one really, really bad," Callahan said. "The league title was on the line. Atwater beat us last time and they deserved to beat us last time.

"But we were the better team tonight."

Buhach Colony (10-1 CCC, 14-1 overall) left no doubt by coming out and clobbering Atwater in the first two games.

BC coach Michelle Osmer changed everything about her girls' approach the second time around -- from the way her team warmed up to their pre-game meal and even what they wore to school.

The biggest change, however, was a lineup adjustment putting Callahan opposite senior outside hitter Rio Schwalbach.

"It gave us a sure hand at the net the whole time," Osmer said.

"When Megan's on, she's unstoppable. It just shows what happens when you can pass well. We didn't have that last time."

Atwater (9-2, 12-2) somehow ignored an embarrassing showing through the first two games to make the match interesting by winning the third game.

Kahea Smith and Jaclyn Frank each finished with 11 kills and Marissa Guardado finished with 29 assists.

But it was BC's night.

Thus the stage is set for a Tuesday night showdown at Golden Valley (10-1) with the CCC title on the line.

"We're not done," Osmer said. "It all comes down to Tuesday.

"If we play anywhere near the way we played tonight, I think we'll be all right."

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