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Versailles volleyball reaches the regional final


KETTERING — Versailles High School Volleyball continues with another playoff sweep. This time they defeated Cardington-Lincoln High School at Kettering Fairmont High School on November 3 in the Division III Regional Semi-Finals. They are yet to drop a set in the playoffs.

The first set consisted entirely of Lady Tigers. They opened with a 6-1 lead. During the season, Versailles started games in slow motion.

Head coach Liz McNeilan said the nervous energy of this type of match kept the girls moving. She told the team to use this energy as fuel to get started.

“When we were up eight points, I saw a couple of our girls take this deep breath,” McNeilan said. “It opened the doors for them to be a bit more aggressive and capitalize on some of those plays.”

The Lady Pirates looked bewildered in the opening set. Their service reception struggled early on and Versailles was successful on most of their early attacking attempts. The Lady Tigers won the first set, 25-13.

Then Versailles started slowly in the second set. Cardington-Lincoln came out as a different team and started to land some of their attacks.

Then the service game gave Versailles the edge they needed to start pulling away. McNeilan said the game plan was to be aggressive serve. She told the team that they would have some leeway with the serve errors as they want to pressure the Lady Pirates with their serve.

The Lady Tigers won the second set 25-16.

It looked like Versailles entered this third set with momentum on their side. It took them a while to get started, but they started to separate from their offense.

The Lady Pirates found a rhythm later in the third set. They fought to keep the ball in the air and found ways to move the Versailles defense enough to score points.

Versailles started to play on defense to keep the rally going. McNeilan said she wanted her team to focus on those tough rallies to keep a point alive. That will be a priority as the Lady Tigers go deeper into the playoffs.

“As you start to face teams that are tougher and able to come back with an attack like yours, you have to figure out what you’re going to do second and third play defensively or offensively. The girls came out with that in mind” , said McNeilan.

Versailles had to call a 21-19 timeout with Cardington-Lincoln starting to make their comeback. The Lady Tigers remained calm and finished the set on a 4-0 run to complete the sweep.

This will be the sixth consecutive appearance at the Versailles Regional Finals on November 5 when they return to Kettering Fairmont High School to face Summit Country Day or Miami East. McNeilan said this post-season run has been fun so far and wants it to continue for his players and the community.

“It’s fun to hear from everyone in the community. It’s fun to see everyone here. It’s a good time for the girls. I’m happy for them, they deserve it, they worked hard. Hopefully we can get through this one,” McNeilan said.

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