|All the way back
Adena comes from two sets down to win regional championship
The Adena Lady Warriors entered Saturdayâ€™s Elite Eight battle with Bloom Carroll trying to earn
their way to next weekâ€™s State Tournament at Wright State. During the first two sets, the Lady
Warriors appeared to simply be outmatched, but with their backs to the wall, Adena found a way to
battle all the way back to beat a very good Bloom Carroll team 18-25, 16-25, 25-20, 27-25, 15-11.
In the first set, both teams traded the lead back-and-forth in the early going. Down 8-5, Adena was able
to get Olivia Arledge going with back-to-back kills as Michelle Ackley served Adena into a 9-8 lead.
Adena then made four straight errors of some kind to give Bloom the 12-9 advantage before another
Arledge kill ended the run. The Bulldogs continued to keep a two or three point lead as Coach Laura
Smith eventually called a timeout at 17-14. Out of the huddle, BC scored four straight points to take
control of the opening set. Adena did respond with a small run of its own, but the first set went to Bloom
The second set started much like the first set with several ties as well as a few small leads for Bloom
Carroll. Once again it was a mid-set run from the Bulldogs that broke things open. After a Jenny Grigsby
kill tied the set at eight apiece, BC scored 12 of the next 15 points to go up 20-11 as they eventually
took the second game 25-16.
Even in the third set, it seemed like Adena was struggling to gain any advantage. The Warriors trailed 12-
7 when they started to show signs of better play. Using some aggressive serving to slow down the Bloom
Carroll attack, Adena scored eight of the next ten points to take a 15-14 advantage. It was at this point
two-time SVC Player of the Year Cadie Cory started to put her mark on the match. Following a couple
of aces to give Adena the lead, Cory had a key kill followed by multiple assists to Grigsby as Adena won
the third set to stay alive 25-20.
To be honest, things still did not feel good from an Adena perspective entering set four, and once again,
BC started fast. Down 9-4, Adena started its way back again. A 6-1 run tied the set at 10. The two
teams then went back and forth as Adena was able to get great serving from Taite Ackley and Logan
Bowdle to stay close. The other key was Cara Coy, who moved to libero, providing some great serve
receive and great defense to allow Adena to play more on the attack. Finally the set was tied at 22, 23,
and again at 24, but after Adena survived two match points, Adena took the fourth set on a Cory ace 27-
Now the match did have a feel of optimism for Adena. As the two teams went to the shortened fifth set,
Adenaâ€™s Olivia Arledge, who had been solid for most of the day, really stepped up for the Warriors.
Arledge was really big at the net providing several kills, and fittingly, it was a Cory to Arledge kill that
finished the 15-11 fifth set win.
On the day, Adena was really led by its seniors. Unofficially, Cory ended with 43 assists and four aces.
Coy recorded 30 digs, and Arledge had 26 kills. Perhaps the biggest lift came from the junior Grigsby
who had what was believed to be a career-high 18 kills.
Adena, now 24-3, will play at Wright State on Thursday at 2 p.m. The next opponent for the two-shade
blue will be Casstown Miami East. This trip marks the second trip to the Final Four in the last three years
as Adena recorded a runner-up finish in 2009.