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Scotus Central Catholic could only wait and hope for another chance at its crosstown rival.

Ideally, that opportunity would present itself Saturday in the championship match of the Columbus Classic. But when both the Shamrocks and Lady Vikes lost in the semis, it set up the desired rematch, but one for third place instead of all the marbles.

Regardless, Scotus found itself opposite the team that won on its home court four days earlier and turned that result around Saturday on Lakeview's home court, picking up a 25-18, 25-16 victory.

The Lady Vikes won in four sets on Tuesday, the first time since high school volleyball switched to five-set, rally scoring in 2004 that Lakeview won at Scotus in a five-set match.

Saturday was a best-of-three and on a weekend afternoon with fewer fans and a much calmer environment. Yet, while it may not have had the pomp and circumstance of four days earlier, it had the result the Shamrocks were looking for, one that, at least for that afternoon, reasserted Scotus dominance.

It was the seventh time in the last 10 matches between the two won by the Shamrocks and the 32nd win in the last 37 matches of the series going back to 2007.

Scotus opened the day with 25-7, 25-5 dismantling of Blair, dropped a 27-25, 25-17 match to Class B. No. 7 Hastings then beat Lakeview in two.

The Lady Vikes defeated Columbus High, lost to eventual tournament champion Norfolk Catholic then to Scotus.

Columbus High opened with the loss to Lakeview, took down Beatrice then settled for sixth after a loss to Kearney Catholic.

Scotus is now 14-4 on the season and is next in action Thursday and Saturday in the Centennial Conference Tournament.

"That's part of putting on the Shamrock uniform," coach Janet Tooley said about the attention paid to her team's loss earlier in the week. "We read about all the good things Lakeview did. They played relentless defense, they passed on a dime, they served well and, you know what, it doesn't matter who's on the other side of the net. If they're doing those things better than you, you'll get beat.

"So we took a line from Scott Frost. We said, 'This one goes in the toilet.' We wadded it up, tossed it aside and moved on."

Blair, a 1-15 squad was no challenge in the opener. Against Hastings, Scotus trailed the first set 15-12, tied it up at 20-20 and led 24-21 before losing six of the next seven points.

That finish may have carried over to the second set and an eight-point defeat, though Tooley said the shortfall had to do more with mistakes.

"This group wants to win badly, and they work very hard. Our frustration has been, what we're doing in practice, we haven't transferred to matches, and it cost us the Hastings match," Tooley said. "I really feel like we should have won the Hastings match.

Hastings played well, but we had a lot of unforced errors that were on us, not due to what Hastings was doing. They had some true kills, and I'll give them credit for playing well, but we also had some really silly errors."

Scotus then trailed Lakeview 11-5 to begin the third-place match before taking control with nine of the next 10. That turned into 18 of 23 and a 23-17 lead.

In the second, the Shamrocks jumped out 11-1 and were never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

Amber Buhman led Scotus combined stats with 14 kills, three blocks and five aces. Tanley Miller totaled 10 kills, Chloe Walker had eight and Kamryn Chohon seven. Kate Maguire led the back row with 24 digs, Chloe Odbert had 34 assists and Chohon 16.

Though Scotus fell short of the title match, the Shamrocks walked away winning two of three and winning their final match of the day. That win included more smiles than were present on Tuesday.

Of course, though that's the case with any win, Tooley felt returning to the right emotions was important after the pressure felt earlier in the week.

"Our girls play under pressure in every match we play because of our tradition," she said. "Despite that, this is a game and you're supposed to have fun."

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com.

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