MORRISTOWN, Ohio—By two units, top-seeded Morgantown appeared poised to seize the OVAC Class 5A volleyball championship.
Senior Kaitlyn Anderson and sophomore Paige Brink have been experiencing nice success angling assaults cross-court from the left facet.
The end result had the Mohigans up 25-19, 26-20 over Warren (Oh.) after two units. Somebody forgot to inform the Warriors to cease enjoying.
Warren battled again and the No. 3 seed captured its first OVAC volleyball crown and solely its second OVAC championship since becoming a member of the convention.
The Warriors received the ultimate three units 25-16, 25-23, 15-9, ruining what started as a promising begin for Morgantown, snapping its alternative to four-peat because the 5A champs.
“We got here out sturdy the primary two units after which as the sport progressed, we weren’t caring for the issues on our finish we wanted to and we ended up with the end result that we did,” MHS head coach Erica Manor stated.
Morgantown began the third set sturdy, taking a 5-2 lead earlier than Warren began chipping away on the lead.
In equity, it was extra hammering away on the lead as Warriors 5-foot-11 junior Madyson Lengthy began firing highly effective cross-court assaults at Morgantown and there was little the Mohigans may do.
“She’s a giant participant for them and he or she began making some huge assaults,” Manor admitted.
Lengthy completed with 15 kills however equally as spectacular was the entire disregard for her physique she performed with. Lengthy dug out various seemingly unimaginable balls to maintain performs alive, including 15 digs together with her complete.
Warren received the third set 25-16 and whereas its gamers have been working to maintain their composure, the Warriors’ followers have been smelling upset and began getting vocal.
Warren additionally made changes defensively, not giving Morgantown the assault lanes that Anderson and Brink flourished in earlier. It made some extent to stay 6-foot sophomore Sydney Starcher in the best way. Starcher responded with 10 kills and 5 blocks, forcing the Mohigans to maneuver the ball round to search for factors.
A kill from Starcher ended the fourth set, 25-23, organising the fifth and deciding set.
Brink hammered down a kill for a 1-0 begin for Morgantown, however the Warriors shortly knotted the rating and began to drag away behind Lengthy and Starcher.
Starcher struck yet another time to make it 14-9 a receiving error on a serve resulted in an ace for the ultimate level.
Morgantown dropped to 21-4 however Manor admitted that it’s higher her workforce get a foul match out of the best way now earlier than the postseason rolls round.
“Now we simply regroup and prepare for the sectionals,” Manor stated.
Anderson completed with 16 kills and 20 factors complete whereas Brink added 10 kills and 11 factors for the Mohigans. Grace DeVall had 22 assists and 10 digs whereas Isabelle DeVall had 5 kills and 22 assists to go together with 7 factors.
BY MIKE HUGHES