Season Ends as Centerville Dinks Lexington
The Centerville Lady Tigers used the dink kill (just tipping the volleyball over the reach of the blockers) effectively to negate Lexington’s blocking to advance to the next round of the state playoffs. Centerville defeated the Lady Eagles 25-14, 25-19. 25-19 in the three game match.
Game 1- The first game started off very evenly until Centerville ran off four straight points to take a 9-4 lead. Madeline Morton was blocked on a kill attempt. Aleece Moerbe had a kill to move to 6-10. Centerville then ran off four more points to go up 6-14. Lexington had a run of four to make it 10-14. Centerville then had five straight points to lead 10-19. A Karley Wren kill stopped the run, but the Lady Tigers killed on the ensuing serve. Meghann Wrinkle had a kill to make the score 12-20. A foul hit, and two CV kills moved the score to 23-12. Moerbe got another kill and Wren served up an ace, as Lexington got to 14-23. Two CV kills ended the game.
Game 2 - Game 2 started out better for the Lady Eagles. Moerbe got a kill and then served an ace to give Lexington a 2-1 lead. It was short lived, as a CV kill evened the score. A Wren kill tied the score, and an ace by Johna Alford gave Lexington a 5-4 lead. The teams battled back and forth until the score was 8-9 CV. The Lady Tigers went on a three point run to open a 12-8 lead. Moerbe got a kill and then there were four points for CV. Lexington got another kill from Moerbe to stop the run. Lexington’s court presence did not show, because two times, the receiving player was standing out of bounds when they hit the ball. Lexington then rallied to take five points in a row, highlighted by a Wren Kill and a Moerbe kill. CV stopped the run with a rocket kill. Alford got a kill for a Lexington point to make the score 16-22. CV erred a Lady Eagle service, taking the score to 17-22. The Lady Eagles got a break on a CV serve that caught the net. A long Lexington serve gave CV a 23-18 lead. Wren nailed a kill to get Lexington to 19, but a CV kill and an ace ended the game.
Game 3 - Lexington fell behind fairly early in the contest. Alford came alive this game, as she had four of her kills in this game, and a block. CV made many mistakes in the game via long serves, net serves, and a rotation error. CV used the dink tactic well in this game, with three of the soft touch kills. CV got their lead with a fourpoint run from 12 to 15. Two points later, another CV run gave the Lady Tigers a three-point run, moving the score to 18-12. Fittingly, the match ended on a CV block of a Lexington kill attempt.
Coach Amanda Player said, “Centerville was a really great team and we were prepared for what would happen in the game. Centerville just out played us. I hate that our season had to end that way, but I’m extremely proud of how far our girls went into the playoffs. Going into the third round of playoffs isn’t too bad at all! District Champions, Area Champions, and Regional Quarterfinalists are claims our girls can be proud of! They did a great job this season!”
Lexington finished the season 23-6, losing only to Caldwell, Rogers, Iola three times, and Centerville.
Centerville then lost in the Regional Tourney finals to White Oak in four games. The Lady Tigers beat New Diana in the first round of the Regional Tourney.