Clarksville, TN – The West Creek High School Lady Coyotes beat the Clarksville High Lady Wildcats 3-1 (23-25, 25-11, 25-15, 25-18) in the semifinals of District !0-AAA volleyball.
The win advances the Lady Coyotes to the Championship game where they will face the Rossview Lady Hawks.It took four sets for the Lady Coyotes to walk off the court at Rossview High School winners. The first set was a close battle they barely lost to the Lady Wildcats. However, the team recovered quickly and was able to win the next 3 sets convincingly.
The Lady Coyotes produced 39 kills and 17 aces in the match. The Lady Wildcats generated 25 kills and 3 aces.
The first set came down to the wire. The Lady Wildcats started strong and took a 11-6 lead. However, the Lady Coyotes fought their way to a 16-16 tie. The teams tied the score five more times. Tied 22-22, the Lady Coyotes fell behind after losing a point due to a moving violation followed by an attack error.
Adrienne Stewart made a kill off an assist from Kayla Ford to bring the Lady Coyotes back within a point, 24-23, but another attack error gave the first set to the Lady Wildcats.
Alex Wilkens led the Lady Coyotes with 5 kills and an ace in the 1st set.
The Lady Coyotes took control of the 2nd set early. Shayla Smith served 3 aces in a row to give the Lady Coyotes a 12-2 lead. Later Smith would make one of the Lady Coyotes 5 total kills to make the score 19-8. The other 4 kills were part of the 6-3 run to end the second set and tie the match 1-1.
The Lady Wildcats remained on the defensive in the 3rd set. They generated 5 kills, but it was not enough to outscore the Lady Coyotes. Lady Coyotes hitters Aliah McPhaul and Ashlin Witted combined for 7 of the Lady coyotes 10 kills in the set.
The Lady Wildcats battled to within 3 points, 15-12, before the Lady Coyotes went on a 8-2 run. During the run the Lady Wildcats made 3 attack and one service error. Hannah Ninness tried to rally her team with an emphatic kill to make the score 24-14, but McPhaul stalled any potential momentum with her 4th kill in the set. The Lady Coyotes went up 2-1 in the match.
With the lead in the match, the Lady Coyotes were ready to advance to the Championship. They opened with a 6-1 lead and did not relinquish it the rest of the set. After back-to-back Lady Coyote errors, the Lady Wildcats made two kills to get within one, 6-5.
However, 3-straight aces served by Auna Cozine opened the lead again for the Lady Coyotes. Errors kept the Lady Wildcats from getting within 4 points the rest of the set.
Wilkens and McPhaul led the Lady Coyotes with 9 kills each in the match.