|Division III Volleyball State Championship Match * Wright State University * Saturday, November 14th
Coach Laura Smith used timeouts down 12-7 and 19-
12 in the opening set of Saturdayâ€™s Division III
state title match at Wright State University, but
nothing could stop Huron as they controlled game
one from start to finish.
In game two, Adena had their chance to get into the
match as the Lady Warriors opened up an 8-3
advantage. Unfortunately for Adena, the lead was
short lived as Huron called timeout and then scored
the next five points. The set remained tight with the
two teams eventually being tied again at 17-17, but
again it was Huron scoring four straight to take
advantage of the set as well as the overall match.
To Adenaâ€™s credit, they did not go quietly in
game three. Huron spurted to an early 10-point lead
only to see Adena come fighting back to tie the set at
16-16. Once more it was a mini run of five
unanswered from Huron to stretch the lead to 21-16.
Eventually it was Huron leading 24-18 and Adena was
facing championship-point. Adena did survive the
first three with kills from Kelsey Bielanow, Allison
Morgan, and Kirsti Yates, but an Adena service error
ended the match.
Bielanow was outstanding at the net. The junior
middle-hitter led the Warriors with 20 kills and two
blocks. Yates recorded five kills and 13 digs in her
final high school match. Setter Hannah Halcomb
added 31 assists and seven digs. Perhaps the most
revealing the stat was from backside hitter Olivia
Arledge. The six-foot sophomore had been huge in
Adenaâ€™s two regional wins and their state
semifinal victory; however, Arledge recorded just
three kills on Saturday against Huron.
Adenaâ€™s state runner-up finish comes with a final
mark of 26-3. This seventh Final Four appearance
produces the second runner-up finish since 1993.
|Huron def. Adena
20 kills, 2 blocks