BY TRIBUNE SPORTS STAFF
---- — Tri-Central’s volleyball team came up short in its first bid for a sectional championship, losing to Frontier 25-14, 25-15, 25-27, 25-11 in the Class A Clinton Prairie Sectional championship match Saturday night.
“We didn’t play our best [Saturday night],” TC coach Ron Byram said. “In the afternoon [semifinal], we played well. We beat Clinton Prairie the last time we played them, but they are a much better team. In the championship game, we could never get the whole game going at once. At one point, our receivers did a good job, but our servers were off. In the second half of the third set, we got everything going. We came back and won that one. The start of the fourth set, Frontier made a couple of good plays, and all of a sudden they were up seven points. We just could never get the whole game going at once.
“Overall, I was very pleased with the effort, and the whole season. We finished with an 18-16 record, which is the second-most wins in a season by a Tri-Central volleyball team, and it was the best finish with a sectional runner-up.”
Cecelia Rayl led Tri-Central with 16 digs, six service points and four blocks. Kaylee Colbert added 18 assists and eight service points. Tara Davis had 12 assists and seven service points. Hadley DeWeese came up with 14 kills and four blocks. Whitney Revolt contributed nine kills and three blocks. Haley Farris added 26 digs, followed by Ashley Devore’s 17. Amelia Moe had seven kills, and Shelby Ramsey had four blocks.
Tri-Central got to the championship by defeating host Clinton Prairie 25-19, 25-17, 26-24 in the semifinal earlier Saturday afternoon.
Farris led Tri-Central in the semis with 30 digs and 13 service points. Devore added 20 digs and eight service points. Davis came up with 20 assists and six service points. DeWeese contributed with nine kills and seven blocks. Ramsey added 10 kills and five blocks. Rayl finished with 19 digs. Colbert had 16 assists, and Revolt had eight kills.
FRONTIER DEF. CARROLL 25-14, 25-19, 25-15
The Cougars lost in the semifinal round. Bailey World had 10 kills for the Cougars, surpassing the 400-kill mark for the season. Libby Eller had 19 digs and no missed serves, and Lauren Worl had eight kills.
3A PERU SECTIONAL
W. LAF. def. MAC 25-20, 19-25, 21-25, 25-18, 15-13
The Braves held a 2-1 lead in Saturday’s semifinal, but could not hang on as the Red Devils advanced to the finals. Mac finishes the year 22-12.
Emily Wilson led the Braves with 28 digs, 30 service receptions and 24 service points. Michaela Walters added 32 digs, 21 receptions and nine kills.
Madison Turner added 22 receptions, 11 digs, four kills, two blocks and seven points. Abby Bowyer dished 25 assists and added nine digs and 11 points. Ally Exmeyer finished with nine kills and eight blocks, while Jalyn Windsor added eight kills and five blocks.
”Our girls played a very hard-fought five sets,” Maconaquah coach Jessica Metcalf said. “I was impressed with out intensity and scrappy play. We were able to get balls up that three or four weeks ago probably would have hit the floor. It is always disappointing to go out in a hard-fought game with a loss. However, I told the girls that they should be proud of their season. For those girls that are graduating, they need to know what a positive impact they have had on the Maconaquah volleyball program.”