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Lady Warriors record 15 team aces in regional semi win
Tusky Valley entered Wednesday night’s Division III regional
semifinal match against Adena the top ranked team in Ohio and still
without a loss during the 2009 season. The Lady Warriors used great
serving and a balanced hitting attack to hand Tusky their first loss and
to advance to Saturday’s final against the defending state
champions, the Lady Spartans of Alexander. Alex beat Wheelersburg
in five sets in Wednesday’s first semifinal.

After Adena rolled to an easy first-set win, Tusky answered by taking
set two. Lady momentum returned to Adena midway through the third
set when Logan Bowdle served Adena out to a four-point lead at 20-
16. Tusky answered with a few points, but Adena finished the set to
take a two games to one advantage. The match appeared to be heading
to a fifth set when Tusky held a 21-17 lead in set four; however, a pair
of Tusky errors allowed Adena back in it and with the score tied at 23-
23, it was a Hannah Halcomb to Kirsti Yates kill followed by a Kelsey
Bielanow ace to end the match. The final scoring line read 25-17, 22-
25, 25-19, 25-23.

For the match, Bielanow had 15 kills and six blocks while Olivia
Arledge added 12 kills. Yates, who as a senior continues with her effort
and leadership to be the heart and soul of the two-shade blue, recorded
10 kills and 15 kills. Allison Morgan had four kills, four blocks, and five
aces, and Jenny Grigsby had six kills, two blocks, 10 digs, and three
aces. Back row players Cara Coy and Bowdle both played well. Coy
had 15 digs while Bowdle had six digs and five aces. Finally, Halcomb
quarterbacked the balance attack by dishing out 46 assists. The junior
setter also recorded 11 digs.
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