Division-III Regional Volleyball at the Convo in Athens
Alexander just too much for Mustangs
WF finishes another successful season
Another successful chapter in the fine Westfall
volleyball tradition ended Thursday night with a
straight set 25-15, 25-9, 25-7 loss to Alexander.
After winning another district title last Saturday,
Westfall simply ran into an extremely talented
Alexander team in the sweet sixteen.

Westfall played the defending state runner-up
Spartans tough early in game one; however,
Alexander's tough serving made it difficult for WF to
run any sort of consistent attack.

With WF leading 6-4 in the opening set, Alexander
scored the next six points and 12 of the next 15 to
break things open. While Westfall struggled to start
their offense, Alexander had a great attack out of the
middle. Betsy Irwin and Megan McCoy had a hand
in nine of those 12 points as Alex captured game one.

Game two and threee was more of the same as
Alexander finished the match to advance to
Saturday's final against Adena. This game will mark
Alexander's third straight SVC opponent as they beat
Huntington last Saturday, Westfall tonight, and now
will face Adena in the finals.

The loss marked the end of the road for Westfall
seniors Suzy Gantz and Nicole Ratcliff. After these
two played on some incredible teams early in their
careers, this duo stepped to the front to lead Westfall
to back-to-back district titles in their final two
seasons. Gantz recorded four kills, two blocks, and
seven digs in her final game while Ratcliff had three
digs and an ace. The Lady Mustangs end 2008 at
15-11.
Adena survives five-set battle with Tusky
Lady Warriors get rematch with Alex
The Lady Warriors continued their run through the
Division-III tournament Thursday night, but it took
the two-shade blue a tough, five-set match to do
it. In the end, Adena survives with a 25-11,
18-25, 25-20, 18-25, 15-10 and advances to
Saturday's final where they will once again face
Alexander for a spot in next week's final four.

Game one was all Adena. The serving of Megan
Purdin and a pair of blocks from Allison Morgan
led an Adena attack that produced seven of nine
points to stretch an 8-5 advantage to a demanding
15-7 lead. Adena rolled from there and seemed to
be in complete control; however, game two took
a different turn. With Tusky needing a spark,
Sarah Brown provided one in a big way. Usually
known for her thunderous kills at the net, Brown
actually took over with her serve. With Adena up
16-15, Brown recorded four straight jump-serve
aces to give Tusky a 19-16 advantage - an
advantage that led the Trojans to a second game
win.

The big play in game three came quite early. With
Tusky out to an early 3-1 lead, Brown headed
back to serve again. This time, Purdin made a
great pass to start a long volley that eventually
ended in an Ashley Jordan kill. This made the
score 3-2, but more importantly, kept Brown in
the back row and allowed Adena to start a run in
which they scored eight of the  next nine points to
roll to the win and a two games to one avantage in
the match.

Adena was unable to close the deal in game four,
and again, it was the jump serve of Brown that
turned a 17-17 tie into a 21-17 lead. Adena did
sideout on a Jordan block; however, Tusky
answered and scored the game's final four points
to win the game and force a fifth and final set.

Game five was tied at 5, 7, 9, and 10, but Adena
scored the final five points to escape and advance
to the elite eight.

In the win, Jordan was outstanding with 26 kills.
Setter Cadie Cory was incredible as well. She did
make an occassional freshman mistake Thursday
night, but when the usually solid passing game of
the Warriors started to breakdown, Cory made
some great plays to allow Jordan and the other
hitters to still get some swings. Cory ended the
night with 44 assists. Kirsti Yates also added 11
kills and 13 digs.
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ASHLEY JORDAN
26 kills, 4 blocks

CADIE CORY
44 assists