The Wheelersburg Pirates kept their tournament run alive Tuesday after beating Zane Trace in four sets to advance to the district final.
Wheelersburg (20-4) was led by Makayla Akers who recorded 29 kills. Defensively, Ellie Ruby continued her dominant play, recording 24 digs while chipping in 15 points. Kasey Bergan had a strong performance at both ends of the floor, recording nine kills and 16 digs. The facilitator of the group was Abbie Kallner who dished out 42 assists.
“We had an amazing effort today,” Pirates head coach Kendra Coleman said. “We faced adversity and got the job done tonight. We played with a lot of fire and heart.”
Wheelersburg split the first two sets with Zane Trace before the Pirates won perhaps their biggest set of the season in the third 25-15 to take control of the match and keep their tournament hopes alive.
“I am really big on getting over mistakes,” Coleman said. “In the second game, we kind of fell apart and lost our focus. I always tell our girls that they will make mistakes, but we just need to bounce back and answer those mistakes. We just needed to refocus and play our game.
“I told the girls that game two was over and both teams had a clean slate. I told them we needed to come together, believe in each other and mesh, and that’s what we did.”
Wheelersburg advances to their Division III Volleyball District Finals match Saturday at 1 p.m., against No. 2 Southeastern.
Wheelersburg def. Zane Trace 25-19, 21-25, 25-15, 25-22
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