Opposites Attract in Elite Eight Date
All-SVC Regional Championship for a Ticket to Final Four
By Shayne Combs, SVCsportszone.com

As many expected a few weeks back, the spot in the Final Four from the southeast corner of the state will run
through the Scioto Valley Conference. After Thursday’s SVC sweep that started with Adena’s five-set win over
Tusky Valley and ended with Westfall’s four-set win over Wheelersburg, the SVC rivals will now play in Saturday’s
regional championship.

In looking at some basic numbers it does appear Adena and Westfall have arrived with some similarities. Adena
(22-4) and Westfall (22-3) split in the regular season with each team winning on its opponent’s home floor. On
September 16th, Westfall won easily 25-21, 25-15, 25-14 in Frankfort, but a month later, Adena rolled in straight
sets 25-21, 25-21, 25-20. In fairness to Adena, it was without a few starters in the loss, and then, closer to full
strength in the win later in the year.

Beyond the win total, the proud tradition of both programs, and the before mentioned regular season split, the
thing that makes this third meeting so intriguing is the differences in these two teams. Adena comes at you with a
5-1 attack led by their outstanding senior setter Kirsten Dawson. Dawson, now well over 2,000 career assists, has
been one of my favorite players over the past three seasons. She has worked so hard to add something to her
game each year, and now in her final tournament run she has her team on the brink of a trip to Wright State.
Adena’s attack is generated by a great defensive group anchored by Jenna and Jessica Hutton as well as libero
Carly Carroll. At the net, Adena will try to play around its lack of size by playing fast with great skill and creative
angles on the attack. Adena’s Karli Bower is coming off arguably her best career match with 20-plus kills in
Thursday’s win, and Carissa Poehler and Devon Putnam have played well throughout the year seeing extended
reps with Adena’s injury situation.

On the other side of the net will be Westfall – a team who will attack things quite differently. The Lady Mustangs
come with a 6-2 attack with setters Cassidy Williams and Hannah Phillips looking to establish Westfall’s incredible
size. Seniors Amanda Curry and Hannah Wallace dominate the net on most nights, and WF looks for balance
from Kelly Fuchs and Khayla Adair to complete the attack. Westfall’s back row led by Denise Arledge does not
have the depth of passers of an Adena team; however, the size at the net can usually help in this area with great
blocking to slow down the attack of the opponent.

Saturday will be fun! The service game will be crucial. Adena’s tough serving will challenge Westfall’s serve
receive. If the Lady Mustangs pass and set well, it is advantage Curry & Company at the net. If the passing is poor
and Westfall is not in system, Adena will use a great defense to play low and fast and attack the Westfall defense
before the big block is able to arrive.

Again, should be exciting! I will stay away from the prediction of the match, but as a fan of the SVC, at least it is
safe to say we are preparing for another November where a team from our great league will play on the Final
Four stage in attempt to win high school’s ultimate prize.
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