Regional Volleyball: CC-E tops H-LP in 5-set thriller
Clay Central-Everly knew it had to beat Harris-Lake Park to keep its season alive, and they prepared to beat them for the last two weeks of the season.
The Mavericks won a back-and-forth match in the 1A Regional opener in Lake Park Tuesday night over H-LP, 3-2, to advance in the postseason tournament. CC-E lost to the Wolves, 3-0, in its last Cornbelt Conference match on Sept. 20, and knew they were scheduled to play them again.
The Mavs won six of its last seven matches to close the season and executed their plan Tuesday night in a 22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 15-9 win on the road.
"We prepared for the last two weeks to play them because we knew they were our first opponent," CC-E coach Abbee Gappa said. "It was an incredible, exciting match and I'm very proud of my girls for getting the win."
The Mavericks got some big games from its seniors, including 16 kills and five blocks from Stevie Scott. Heather Busch added 13 kills and 31 digs. Emily Jobst tallied 19 assists and led the team with 35 digs.
Junior Blair Montgomery was recorded 15 kills to go with 26 digs. CC-E totaled 138 digs in the five-set match, with 19 total blocks. The Mavericks tallied 52 kills as a team, wit 30 attack errors.
"Blair Montgomery played an outstanding game for us," Gappa added.
HLP was led by junior Noreen Morrow, who notched 25 kills on 70 attempts. Macy Gunderson assisted on 37 points. Four Wolves players recorded over 20 digs.
Up next for the Mavericks in George-Little Rock (12-17) on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in George. CC-E (18-9) is 11-2 over the last month but Gappa feels the best is yet to come.
"The best thing about this team is I don't think we've peaked yet," Gappa said. "We have a lot of potential but I don't think we've had a game where everyone played to their best. It's very positive to know we beat a very good team not playing our best volleyball. (GLR) is a good team. We're going to get to play our game and I think our height and blocking will be a strength."
George-Little Rock beat Trinity Christian, 3-2, to advance. The match begins in George at 7 p.m.