Whitney Mulholland of Spencerville tries to get the ball past Brooke Brinkman of Jefferson in Tuesday's game. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Whitney Mulholland of Spencerville tries to get the ball past Brooke Brinkman of Jefferson in Tuesday's game. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
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SPENCERVILLE — Jefferson grabbed an NWC win over the Bearcats on Tuesday in four sets. The Lady Cats won the first two sets 25-13 and 25-14 before Spencerville came back to win the third 25-13. Jefferson poured it on in the fourth with a 25-12 victory in the set and a 3-1 win in the game.

Delaney Deuel led the Wildcats with 18 kills and three blocks. Jayla Rostorfer added seven kills and an ace. Courtney Teman racked up 24 assists for the Lady Cats and Ayron McClurg finished the game with a team-high 16 digs.

Jefferson opened up the first set with a 7-3 run and put Spencerville on their heels. Mallory Bridges scored an ace and Rostorfer put down a kill as the Wildcats continued to roll.

The Bearcats clawed their way back in the set and drew within three points, forcing Jefferson to call a timeout. The break did little good for Spencerville as the Wildcats ended the set on a 10-1 run.

The Bearcats jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the second set. Jefferson battled back to tie the game on an ace by Deuel and eventually took the lead.

Claire Hoback found a gap and helped Spencerville draw within two points of the Wildcats. A kill by Brooke Brinkman sent Jefferson on a 12-5 run to end the set and give them a 2-0 lead in the game.

The Bearcats took a 5-4 lead early in the third set before an ace by Deuel gave the Cats the lead. Spencerville regained control and and went on a 7-0 run gain the advantage. It was all Bearcats in the third as they held out for a 25-13 win. Nelaya Burden had four kills in the third set and seemed to get better as the game wore on.

Jefferson owned the fourth set after going on an 11-1 run to open things up. Spencerville tried to make a run at the end but the Wildcats won 25-12 in the set and 3-1 in the game.

It is the curse of the one set,” said Jefferson head coach Kristi Hageman. “We can’t seem to find consistency. We talked about it in the locker room but the metal errors just snowball.”

Jefferson improves to 7-13 (2-6 NWC) while Spencerville falls to 5-15 (0-8NWC).