The Adena Warriors used a balanced attack in a (3-0) sweep of the defending SVC champion Westfall Mustangs, Tuesday, to claim no worse than a share of their first SVC volleyball title since 2016.
The Warriors won 25-22, 25-18, 25-15 to run their record to (12-1) in the conference and (17-1) overall, while the Mustangs slip to (9-2/12-3). Westfall could still share the crown if they can win at Zane Trace Thursday and hope for a Huntington win at Adena.
The first two sets saw the scores tight at the midway mark, before the Warriors pulled away with insurmountable leads.
In Set #1, Adena roared out to an 8-3 start, only to see the Mustangs storm back to tie at 9-9. The Warriors went on an 11-5 run for a 20-14 lead, then fought off one last Westfall push as they got to within 21-18 and 23-21. Adena won out for a 25-22 decision.
Set #2 saw something similar, with Adena going up 7-4, 10-6, 16-10 and 21-15, then closing with a 25-18 win.
Set #3, was mostly Adena, breaking away from a 5-4 score to build leads of 10-5, 13-7, and 14-8 before Westfall closed the gap to 15-12, forcing a Warriors' timeout. After that break, Adena outscored Westfall 10-3 to claim the match.
Adena was led by Makenna Lovely's 13 kills, Ellie Harper with 9, Jenna Martin 6 kills and 2 block assists, Makaela Lovely and Hannah Burns each with 5 kills and Sydney Fogelsong added 4 kills, two solos and 3 block assists. Camryn Carroll led the defense with 11 digs, Makenna Lovely with 13, Ari DaRif 9, Hope Garrison and Brenna McQuiniff 6 digs each. Garrison and Jenna Martin each had an ace serve. DaRif also had 16 assists and Makaela Lovely 15.
Westfall was led by Marissa Mullins' 12 kills, 21 digs, 1 solo block. Claire Latham had 28 assists, 9 digs, 3 kills, 1 ace, 1 solo block. Kristin Phillips had 9 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace. Ashley Hegarty had 6 kills, 5 digs. Hailey Young had 3 kills. Grace Wolfe had 8 digs. Lauren Daniels had 8 digs, 2 aces. Gabby Patete had 7 digs, 1 kills. Kayla Fleischmann had 2 digs. Madi Brown had 2 digs. Lauryn Blackburn had 1 kill, 1 dig.
94 Country WKKJ will have Huntington at Adena on Thursday, to see if the Warrriors can win the undisputed SVC crown.
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