Girls Varsity Volleyball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Oct 17, 2020
- OLYMPIANS: 2
In Saturday afternoon’s sectional final, Columbus East lost the second set after winning the first, but rebounded to beat Bloomington North in four sets.
Saturday night, the Olympians again dropped the second set after winning the first, but this time they weren’t as fortunate. Martinsville won third and fifth sets to pull out a 19-25, 25-21, 25-17, 10-25, 15-13 victory in the East Sectional final.
“We lose some momentum in that second set,” East coach Ellyn McIntosh said. “I think some of it is just becoming a little bit comfortable. Some of it is them adjusting to their game plan, and then we’re not adjusting quick enough to fix that. That’s something that we’re going to have to work on in our offseason.”
The Olympians (20-6) had all the momentum after rolling in the fourth set and taking a 4-1 lead in the fifth. But the Artesians (20-9) came back to take a 7-6 lead. Although they never led by more than two points in the final set, they scored the final two to take the match.
“They’re just scrappy,” McIntosh said. “All credit to them. They played a heck of a game. We just weren’t adjusting very well. I think the effort was there. I just don’t think we adjusted quite quick enough. We had a tough time finding open spots and then recognizing it quick enough to make those changes.”
East advanced to the final with a 25-18, 14-25, 25-18, 25-8 semifinal win against Bloomington North earlier in the day.
In the two matches combined, Reece Whitehead recorded 28 kills and three aces, and Katy Jordan had 68 assists and three aces to lead the Olympians. Gabby Dean notched five solo blocks, and Cadence Gilley tallied 63 assists.
Also for East, Dean pounded 26 kills, and Saige Stahl added 17 kills and four assist blocks. Libby Dippold had three solo and six assist blocks, Regann Jessee added 11 assist blocks, Whitehead posted 39 digs and Dean served two aces.
The Olympians lose only two seniors — Jessee and Lexia Capes — to graduation.
“Next season is going to be great for sure,” McIntosh said. “We have a lot of good stuff coming back. We’re going to miss Regann, and we’re going to miss Lexia and her presence on the bench and in games when we needed her. But our future is looking bright. We have a young team, so we’re ready to get going in the offseason once we take a day or two off.”
In Saturday’s first semifinal, Martinsville beat Columbus North 25-10, 25-21, 25-22. Sarah Bennett led the Bull Dogs (9-22) with eight kills, one block and one ace. Reagan Kane recorded 18 assists, Madison White and Madi Roop each had one block, Ava McKinney notched 14 digs and Sydney Cooper served one ace. Also for North, White pounded seven kills, Roop added two kills and 11 digs and Kane tallied eight digs.