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Salem Tops Charleston in Two Sets

The Salem Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Trojans of Charleston in two spirited sets Thursday night at BE Gumm Gymnasium.

Salem trailed the first set 24-21 before scoring the final five points to win 26-24. Then with a 13-12 lead in the second set, the Lady Cats outscored Charleston 12-5 the rest of the way to post a 25-17 win.

The win avenges a three-set loss at Charleston from last month.

Two Salem players were in double figures with service points, as Kelly Sager served fourteen points and Bethany Meyer had thirteen points. Meyer had two aces while Sager had one. Meyer also had six blocks and five kills. Junior Haylee Nielson led Salem in both kills and blocks, with eight and seven of each. Kyla Cook had twenty assists and Anissa Rasul paced the squad with nine digs.

After taking the first set, Salem fell behind 5-0 in the second. That was when, according to Salem Head Coach Sherry Cook, the singular moment occurred that started to change the tide.

"Once we got a kill and we got Bethany [Meyer] serving, and she had awesome serves tonight, then everything else fell into place. We had good passes. We had good sets. Everybody was hitting. The defense was awesome tonight."

Cook says her team played its most consistent game of the season.

"They played at a level that was consistent for two whole games, and that's probably a first for us. This is probably the best they've played all year."

Salem (14-9) will have to keep playing at a high level when the Lady Wildcats travel to Mattoon on Tuesday.

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