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So close to taking a huge district win. Anderson County was so closed that the Lady Bearcats could taste it.
But close to the brink of elimination, Collins rallied to win Game 4, then whipped the Lady Bearcats in the tie-breaker to take a 3-2 (25-16, 22-25, 15-25, 25-20, 15-8) win in a major 30th District showdown.
Already up two games to one, Anderson had forged a 20-17 lead in the fourth set, but gave the momemtum back to Collins with two hits before returning the ball over the net. It was the reprieve Collins needed.
The Titans scored the last eight points of the fourth set, then continued.
Collins' Michela Staudemire did the honors, serving until the Titans had evened the best-of-five match at two games each.
Anderson had opened the fourth set on a 7-0 run behind the service of Taylor Phillips.
Collins responded with a 10-1 run of its own, tying things at 7 on Christen Stewart kill. Neither team led by three points until the overtime.
Collins never trailed in the tie-break, riding another effective service from Staudemire. By the time she was through, Anderson had no answer. Staudemire relinquished her service after Anderson's Regan Darst made a spectacular dig to make it 11-3.
Anderson pulled within 12-7 on Ally Hayes' service and a nice kill from Rachel Swartz, but that was as close as the Lady Bearcats could draw.
Collins scored the decisive point when Anderson was called for hitting the ball four times before a return.
In a see-saw contest, neither team built a lead of more than 10 points through five games, with the final point total reading, Collins 102, Anderson Co. 94.
The teams will meet again on October 8, at Collins, and could meet again in the 30th District tournament.