By WILL CLARK
NEW ALBANY —
Class A is the smallest class in IHSAA volleyball, but the atmosphere in the Christian Academy gym Thursday night sounded much bigger on the opening night of play in the 2012 IHSAA Volleyball Sectionals. Christian Academy and Lanesville moved on to Saturday’s semifinals with convincing wins on Thursday.
The Warriors will meet the Eagles in Saturday’s first semifinal at Christian Academy. New Washington will face South Central in the second semifinal.
“We look forward to it,” CAI coach Walter Pauley said of the challenge of facing a Lanesville team that being the Warriors in five sets on Sept. 18. “We are just taking it one game at a time.”
“They’re going to have to bring their game on Saturday morning,” Lanesville coach Brittany Gayheart said of her team. “We beat them in [five sets] at home, but that means nothing now.”
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY-ROCK CREEK
The host and favored Warriors — backed by a rowdy student section — wasted no time in the opening match. The Warriors took a commanding early lead before the Rock Creek squad cut it to 22-15 on a string of Warrior errors.
The Warriors were able to stem the Rock Creek surge at 24-17, going on to win the first match 25-17.
The momentum was slow to return for the home-standing Warriors in the second set as the two squads traded points early on.
The Warriors managed to take their first lead of the set at 6-5 and widened it to 12-8, forcing the Lions to take a timeout to slow the Warrior rally.
Out of the stoppage, Christian Academy posted eight unanswered points, forcing another Lions timeout. The timeout didn’t offer much relief as the Warriors allowed just three more points the remainder of the set, taking it 25-11.
“There was no real turning point,” Pauly said. “We just got on some big runs.”
The third set started just the way Christian Academy ended the second: On a roll. The Warriors locked down on the Lions, taking an 18-3 lead before the Lions rallied with four straight points. The Warriors ended the rally and the set on an 8-1 run, winning the set 25-8 for the sweep.
“The last couple of weeks we really stepped up our game,” Pauly said. “It’s nice to get on big runs and build up the lead. You really need that in this game.”
As usual, the Warriors were led by Rachel and Krista Boesing, who had eight kills apiece. Rachel Boesing also had three blocks to lead the team. Brooklyn Garrison had a CAI-best seven aces and Alex Falcone had a match-best 23 assists.
Rock Creek’s Brittany Page led all players with four blocks.
The opening set did not allow either team to take solid control in the early going as both squads exchanged points.
The Eagles took a 9-8 lead and never let go, widening it to 21-12 before Borden took a timeout to regroup.
The break did not help much as the Braves posted just two more points, giving Lanesville the first set 25-14.
The troubles continued for Borden into the second set as Lanesville took control of the set early.
The Eagle run continued until Borden took a timeout, trailing 12-5. Lanesville came out of the stop with more fire than the Braves, holding Borden to just one point and widening the advantage to 16-6 and forcing Borden to take a second timeout.
The second timeout was just more fuel on the Lanesville fire as the Eagles widened the lead to 23-9 before the Braves managed a rally. The rally cut the deficit to 23-12 and forced a Lanesville timeout, but the chance to regroup was enough to get Lanesville to the set victory, 25-13.
A revitalized Borden squad took the floor for the third set, matching points with the Lanesville squad and playing with a fire that seemed to be missing in the second set.
The see-saw of points continued until Borden rallied for an 8-5 lead, forcing Lanesville to take a timeout.
The break seemed to benefit the Braves more as they maintained their lead. The Borden lead began to evaporate, allowing Lanesville to tie the game at 12-apiece. Another see-saw exchange of points ensued before the teams tied it at 16-16.
A handful of Lanesville miscues gave Borden a 20-17 lead, prompting Lanesville to talk things over. The break gave Lanesville some life as they methodically cut the Borden lead point by point, tying the set at 21-all.
The change in momentum prompted a Borden timeout and energized the sizable crowds from both schools. The break was enough for the Braves to regroup and take the third set 25-22.
The fourth set was dominated by the Eagles from the start. A 6-1 Lanesville lead brought the Borden squad to the bench to talk things over and regroup. The stoppage did not slow down the Eagles as they rolled out a 15-7 lead, forcing Borden to take another timeout to try and stop the rally.
The rally was slowed as Borden cut the deficit to 21-14, causing Lanesville to take a timeout and regroup. The break was enough as Lanesville sealed the deal, taking the fourth set 25-14 and the match.
Leslie Beatty led Borden with five of the Braves’ 16 kills. Morgan Mast had 16 assists and Megan Frascella led Borden with 15 digs.
“We fought hard,” Borden coach D.J. Zipp said. “They were just better than we were.”
CLASS A CHRISTIAN ACADAMY SECTIONAL
QUARTERFINALS GAME 1
ROCK CREEK 17 11 8
CHRISTIAN ACADAMY 25 25 25
Aces — Rock Creek: Katie Clapp 1; Christian Academy: Brooklyn Garrison 7.
Assists — Christian Academy: Alex Falcone 23.
Blocks — Rock Creek: Brittany Page 4; Christian Academy: Rachel Boesing 3.
Digs — Christian Academy: Garrison 4.
Kills — Christian Academy: Rachel Boesing 8, Krista Boesing 8.
CLASS A CHRISTIAN ACADEMY SECTIONAL
QUARTERFINALS GAME 2
LANESVILLE 25 25 22 25
BORDEN 14 13 25 14
Aces — Lanesville 9 (Morgan Williams 4); Borden 4 (Paige Kruer 2).
Assists — Lanesville 28 (Emma Bays 25); Borden 16 (Morgan Mast 16).
Blocks — Lanesville 5 (Robyn Schoen 3); Borden 1 (Leslie Beatty 1).
Digs — Lanesville 26 (Brooklynn Keinsley 13); Borden 51 (Megan Frascella 15).
Kills — Lanesville 30 (Hannah Conder, Robyn Scoen 12); Borden 16 (Leslie Beatty 5).