Columbus East defeated Seymour 25-18, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16 in a Hoosier Hills Conference volleyball match Tuesday night in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.

East broke a 12-12 tie with four straight points in the first set and led the rest of the way.

The Owls held a 12-9 advantage in the second set before going on an 8-5 run to extend their lead and scored the final three points of the set with the final point coming on an error by East.

Seymour held a 20-16 lead in the third set before the Olympians outscored the Owls 9-2 down the stretch.

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East broke a 7-7 tie with five straight points and led the rest of the way in the fourth set to improve its HHC record to 2-0 and leave the Owls 1-1.

“I thought our defense played extremely well,” Owls coach Angie Lucas said. “When we got our serves in, they were placed in the right position. It was just a matter of getting more points off of our serves. At times the serving was very aggressive.

“Our blocking was aggressive. They’ve got good hitters. Our hands is something we’ve got to work on. Overall I’m very pleased with the performance of the girls. I thought they hung in there with them, then we just got tired. You could see we just got extremely tired at the end of the match.”

The Owls were 68-for-78 with an ace in serves with Lauren Fleetwood making all 18 of her attempts. Cecily Coffman (15-for-15) and Addie Rudge (13-for-13) were perfect at the line.

Fleetwood topped the hitting with 22 of 25 with five kills, while Jessica Blevins was 15-for-16 with seven kills, and Claire Myers went 16 of 18 with five kills.

On Thursday, the Owls will host Bloomington North.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.