|Division III State Semifinal
Lady Warriors fall in four
to stateâ€™s top-ranked
After Adena dropped two extremely competitive sets in Thursday afternoonâ€™s state semifinal to
Miami East, it appeared the Lady Warriors were ready to reveal some of last weekâ€™s Logan magic
to the fans at Wright Stateâ€™s Nutter Center. Unfortunately, this weekâ€™s comeback bid was
stopped just short in the fourth set as Adena fell to the stateâ€™s top-ranked team 25-21, 25-21, 17-
25, and 25-22.
The first set saw five ties and a couple of lead changes as Miami East got off to a great start at the net.
The Lady Vikings went on the attack 46 times while recording 12 kills with only four errors. The second
set, which was also extremely close, once again saw Miami Eastâ€™s net play make the difference. The
blue and white hit .333 in the second set including 15 kills.
In the third set, Adenaâ€™s net play started to come to life. The Lady Warriors hit .222 only committing
four hitting errors. The third set had only one tie and one lead change as the two-shade blue grabbed the
lead in the middle of the set and played out in front pretty much all the way.
This flipped the momentum to Adena entering the fourth set, but the Lady Warriors were unable to hold it
for long. Miami East got out quickly opening up leads of 13-8 and then 17-10. With the season slipping
away, the Lady Warriors once again showed an incredible unwillingness to quit. Adena scored nine of the
next 11 points to catch the Lady Vikings at 19-19. Coming out of an East timeout, Adena scored to go
up 20-19. East scored to tie the set again, but a Cadie Cory to Jenny Grigsby kill gave Adena the lead
back at 21-20. Miami East then scored two straight to take the lead, but Cory to Grigsby one more time
tied things up 22-22. Unfortunately for Adena, that would be the final Warrior point as East scored three
straight to win it. All totaled, the exciting fourth set had nine ties and four lead changes.
Miami East had only three official blocks, so the stat sheet could suggest that the height of the Lady
Vikings did not influence the Adena attack; however, Adena did have 26 hitting errors. The Lady
Warriors finished the match hitting only .127. The Lady Vikings were also solid defensively. Miami East
had three girls with 22 or more digs including libero Allison Morrett with a match-high 32 digs.
For the Lady Warriors in the loss, Cory had an amazing career come to an end. The senior setter dished
out 34 assists while recording 24 digs. Olivia Arledge, also a senior, finished with 20 kills while Grigsby
added 11 kills and 19 digs. Bridgette Scaggs also provided a nice spark for the Lady Warriors as she
had seven kills in just 13 attacks. Defensively, senior Cara Coy had 22 digs while Michelle Ackley added
12 digs. Ackley also had a match-high five aces. The loss completes Adenaâ€™s season at 24-4. Miami
East is now 28-1 and will face Gilmour Academy in the Division III State Championship on Saturday.