ELIJAH WILSON for BOOM!
Clarksville High and West Creek each punched their ticket to the District 13 AAA Championship Game on Wednesday night. West Creek squared off against Rossview and won in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-20) while Clarksville High defeated Northeast in the same fashion (25-6, 25-13, 27-25).
The two teams will face off Thursday night at 6:00 PM at Clarksville High.
West Creek dominated the first two sets but came out tight in the third set, and Rossview seized the opportunity, leading 5-3, 12-9, and 14-10 as the Coyotes burned a timeout. West Creek then went on a 6-1 run to take the lead and never looked back. When his team was down,
Coach Josh Stoeckl said, “Point by point, that’s what the girls kept saying on the bench.” West Creek was led by All-District Tournament Team member Sinalynn Roberts and Coach Stoeckl said about the talented freshman, “It’s fun to watch her play, it can be frustrating at times, but she’s young, she’s a freshman and there can be some growing pains. Sometimes when we need to be serious she’s still joking around. She’s one heck of a volleyball player. She’s a great talent. She does add a little element of fun to the game.”
Clarksville High came out hot against the Eagles in the first set and never looked back. The Wildcats then took set number two, but the third set was much more tightly contested. Clarksville’s Head Coach, Glen Fox said of the third set, “Well in the third set, we came out and made five straight unforced errors, which gave them a 5-0 lead. I tell our girls all the time when you play, you can’t give points away, and I felt like we did that at the start of that game. Which puts us in a hole and gives them energy, then they feed off that energy, and it makes it tougher on us.”
In the third set, Clarksville High had no momentum. CHS and Northeast were trading points until Sydney Weatherford had a kick-save on a near dropped ball. Her soccer-style volley dropped over the net in a vacant corner for a point.
“Well we didn’t even talk about that. It was the most amazing kick-dig I’ve ever seen in my life. Everybody was shocked by it, but I’m not surprised. It just fired us up but we still struggled in that third set with our energy.”
Clarksville High swept the season series against West Creek, as they went undefeated in district play, but Coach Fox isn’t overlooking the Coyotes.
“They’re a well-coached team and every time we play them it’s a tough match. We have to be willing to play and bring our A-game and if not and start making unforced errors, it’s going to be interesting. We’re at home so we’ll have to take our advantage there.”
Both teams will advance to the Region 7 AAA tournament, with the championship game determining seeding.
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