On Wednesday night, the Lady Trailblazers served the Lady Indians some sweet revenge in the form of a 25-21, 25-23 and 25-21 sweep to advance to Thursday’s finals at Volunteer High School. Boone also clinches a regional berth.
“Sweeping D-B is a huge deal. I don’t think we’ve ever swept them. That feels great,” Boone head coach Chelsea Baker said. “We had a lot of heart tonight. These last two weeks fired us up. We closed out blocks really well, and our hitters played really well tonight.”
The whole match turned on its ear when D-B looked like they were going to take the second set, up 23-18 late. However, Boone took a timeout and the rally cry was heard.
The Lady ’Blazers scored seven unanswered points — mostly off of uncharacteristic D-B errors — and closed out the second set.
Jaycie Jenkins led the offense for Boone with a double-double of 12 kills and 18 digs, while Mackenzie Sweigart had nine kills and eight digs.
McKenna Dietz had a double-double as well with 28 assists and 18 digs. Dietz, Riley Brinn and Dannah Persinger each had five kills. Greyson Stevens had three kills and four blocks.
Laken Jones had 20 digs to lead the defense.
“In that second set, we kept hitting balls that were out or into the net, and we could not find that extra gear,” D-B head coach Haley Price said. “I have so much respect for Chelsea. She put a lot of pressure on them tonight and a lot of pressure on us. The consistency was not there.”
Staley Humphries led the offense for D-B with 14 kills and 18 digs, while Sithney Wolfe had 10. Hannah Watson had seven kills and two blocks.
Rylee Waye had 32 assists and 20 digs, and Zoie Larkins had 21 digs. Carly Shell had 15 digs.
The Tribe will take on rival Science Hill on Thursday in an elimination game. The winner advances to play Boone in the finals and clinches a regional tournament berth.
The first match between Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett will be at 5:30 p.m.
The championship match will be at 7 p.m.
Science Hill 3, Volunteer 1
It took the Lady Hilltoppers a while, but they finally woke up after dropping the first set and came back to beat Volunteer in four sets 19-25, 25-21, 25-12 and 25-18.
The Lady ’Toppers actually found themselves down 17-12 in the second set as well, but a timeout and a message from the coach sparked the rally.
“They really started to play aggressive the last three sets, and that’s what we’ve got to do to stay in it,” Science Hill head coach Laura Cook said. “I told them this was the district tournament and it was time to go. They decided amongst themselves to go out and get it.”
The defense for Science Hill stepped up in a big way as Riley Layton had 15 digs, Sara Whynot had 14, Jesse Franks and Kenzie Clark each concluded with 12 and Lexi Kalogeros had 10.
The offense was balanced once again for Science Hill as Ella Gay had 14 kills and four blocks, Claire Thomas finished with 10 kills, Riley Layton had eight and Loren Grindstaff had seven.
Franks had 26 assists and Alyssa Neal chipped in 16.
For Volunteer, the season comes to an end, but the Lady Falcons have come a long way since the beginning of the year.
“I have never been so proud of a group of girls in my coaching career,” Volunteer head coach Tennille Green said. “Win, lose or draw. We came out in the first of the season and we had injuries, illness, situations and once we got that cleaned up, we stepped up the second half of the season. The last few matches, we played well as a team.”
The passing was crisp for the Lady Falcons in the first set — even though they were undersized — and were taking it to Science Hill.
However, when the Lady ’Toppers woke up and decided to play, it was hard for Volunteer to answer. Still, the valiant effort was respected by the Science Hill staff.
“They’re tough and scrappy. They’re a good ball club, and they’ve come a long way,” Cook said.
Senior Jersey Wines led Volunteer with 10 kills and 24 digs. Josie Stapleton had five kills, and Raenah Barton had eight kills.
Rylee Wines had 16 assists, while Sydney Dobbs had seven assists.