It may have taken 32 years for Columbus State to play another volleyball match, but it took only three sets for the Lady Cougars to pick up a win once the 2013 season started.
Columbus State defeated Johnson C. Smith University 25-14, 25-18, 25-18 Friday at the Lumpkin Center.
The offensive attack for CSU made for a lopsided match, as it took Johnson three sets to generate as many kills as the Lady Cougars did in the first set. CSU ended up with 45 kills compared to Johnson's 17. Columbus State had 16 kills in each of the first and third sets, with 13 in the second.
Johnson enjoyed only two leads in the match. The biggest lead was 5-2 early in the first set; the other came after winning the opening point of the second set.
In both cases the advantage quickly disappeared thanks to a barrage of points by CSU.
Johnson was able to stay closer in the second and third sets, but both ended with a seven-point advantage for the Lady Cougars.
Junior Katie Poole led the attack for CSU, picking up nine kills, two aces, 13 digs and one assist.
Freshman Erika Gelzinyte had eight kills and five digs, while junior Kierstan Smith added three kills, three aces, four digs and 17 assists.
Megan Scharnett came second to only Poole in digs with 10. Kaitlyn Tatum added six kills and one dig, and Megan Frame totaled three aces, four kills and two digs.
Playing its first match in so many years was a big event for CSU, but now that season-opener is over, many more games loom on the schedule.
The Lady Cougars will look to turn this first win into a streak when they take on Limestone Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the CSU-Hughston Clinic Invitational. CSU also plays Fort Valley State at 7.