It was a must win game; win you move on, lose you’re out. All the spectators were on the edge of their seats.
Despite finishing the regular season with a record of 10-11, the No. 15-seeded Carrollton Lady Warriors became Sectional champions with phenomenal nail biting wins over No. 9 River View and No. 4 Beaver Local.
The Lady Warriors volleyball team defeated the River View Lady Bears in an intense and action packed Division II East District Sectional semifinal game at River View Oct. 19.
The Lady Warriors lost the first set 25-19, but won two consecutive sets 26-24 and 25-22. The Lady Bears weren’t lying down during the fourth set as they prevailed 25-17. It all came down to the fifth and final set. The Lady Bears jumped out to an early four-point lead before the Lady Warriors scored their first points. The Lady Warriors fought hard to win the set 15-13.
Ali Poole led in almost all categories for the Lady Warriors. She recorded 26 digs, 18 kills, 11 points and one ace.
MiKayla Poole helped with 27 assists and Roz Pridemore accumulated three solo blocks and one assist.
With the win over River View, Carrollton advanced to compete in the Sectional championship game against Beaver Local Oct. 22.
It was deja vu for the Lady Warriors.
Beaver Local dominated early by winning the first set 25-13, but that didn’t stop Carrollton as they won the second and third sets: 25-20 and 25-11.
In the fourth set, the Lady Warriors jumped out to an advantage but Beaver Local fought back and won the set 25-22.
Going into a tie breaking set the Lady Warriors were down 2-0 but got rolling and never let up as they conquered the set 15-6.
MiKayla Poole was the top server with 22 points and three aces. She also recorded 20 assists. Kady Davis dug out 19 balls. Ali Poole led the way in hitting with 14 kills and Pridemore added three solo blocks and two assists.
“We’ve waited all season for this to kind of be put together; finally we’re starting to get things done in tournaments,” said Carrollton Head Coach Amanda Tressa.
When asked what makes the tournament success so much different than the regular season success Tressa said, “We’re starting to put things together and all of our young girls are starting to step up and do what they need to do. It just took us a little bit longer to get to where we need to be.”
The Lady Warriors were slated to face John Glenn Tuesday at St. Clairsville in District play.