The well-known Scioto Valley Conference record of Adena traveled to Westfall Tuesday night to face a tough opponent in an electric atmosphere. The streak â€“ 78 straight SVC wins â€“ now reads 79 straight as the Lady Warriors took care of business in straight sets 25-22, 25-20, 25-16.
Earlier in the year in Frankfort, it was Westfall that had Adena facing set-point in the first game only to see things not go in their favor. In Tuesdayâ€™s round-two match, game one took on a similar look. Westfallâ€™s Olivia Cobb came out on fire as the sophomore recorded six kills in the early going to give the Lady Mustangs a 14-11 advantage. That lead would grow to 16-11, but Westfall recorded a service error and a hitting error to allow Adena to slow the momentum. Even then, Westfall stayed in control as they held a 21-19 advantage, but a Kelsey Bielanow kill cut the lead to one and sent Hannah Halcomb back to serve. Halcomb delivered two straight aces to put the two-shade blue up one at 22-21. Following a Westfall timeout, the Mustangs committed a hitting error to push Adenaâ €™s lead to 23-21. On the next serve, it appeared Halcombâ€™s attempt at another ace was going to sail long; however, as the ball traveled deep it hit the foot of the Westfall passer to result in another ace leaving Adena at set point. That set point would come two points later on a Bielanow kill as Adena took game one 25-22.
Perhaps some of the Adena momentum and Westfallâ€™s disappointment carried over to the second set, because Adena captured the first nine points. Westfall did battle back and eventually got within three at 22-19, but following a Westfall service error, Adena took control and eventually won the second set 25-20 with the set-point coming on a Jenny Grigsby ace.
Game three brought some interesting story lines. Westfall had already pulled off a great comeback on their home floor against Huntington earlier this season, but this time they would have to do it against an Adena team that hasnâ€™t even lost a league set in nearly three years. The set was fairly tight on the scoreboard in the early going, but a short spurt from the Warriors opened up a 19-14 lead forcing a Westfall timeout. Out of the huddle, Adena scored the next two points to extend their advantage to 21- 14 and they would eventually end the match in three with a 25-16 third-set victory.