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.