Lady Cards Push Har­ri­son To 5 Sets

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

FARM­ING­TON — Se­nior night nearly fea­tured an up­set as Farm­ing­ton took Har­ri­son into the tiebreaker be­fore the Lady Gob­lins pre­vailed, 23-25, 25- 14, 25-14, 30-32, 15-13, in 4A-1 vol­ley­ball ac­tion Oct. 11.

In the fi­nal match of their high school vol­ley­ball ca­reers played at Car­di­nal Arena, Farm­ing­ton rec­og­nized its se­niors: El­iza Ball, Alexis Cates, Char­lie Holder, Anthea Jones, and Kaylee Pu­ri­foy. Cates was in­jured early in the season. Farm­ing­ton used an 8-3 run to break away from a 5-5 tie in the first set. Kally Stout’s block-kill gave Farm­ing­ton a 13-8 lead.

Ball’s tip-kill play­ing the sec­ond hit took Har­ri­son by sur­prise mak­ing the score 17-15. Har­ri­son drew even at 18-18 on Grace Strode’s kill and went ahead on a tip-kill. Farm­ing­ton took time-out and Stout came back with a pair of kills to give Farm­ing­ton a 21-19 ad­van­tage.

Har­ri­son re­sponded from a time-out called by its coach April Mat­tix to re­gain the lead at 23-21 on a 4-0 minirun. Jazmine Armer had a kill and then a Farm­ing­ton dig went bad. Farm­ing­ton coach Mike Howard stilled his squad with an­other time­out. Ju­nior Brit­tany Pittman’s block-kill tied the game and Farm­ing­ton got a break when Har­ri­son hit long and wide on the fi­nal two points. Farm­ing­ton won the first set, 25-23.

Har­ri­son cruised through the next two sets beat­ing Farm­ing­ton by iden­ti­cal scores of 25-14 to take a two games to one lead in the match.

Farm­ing­ton fought off elim­i­na­tion dur­ing a pro­longed fourth set. There were seven ties early be­fore Farm­ing­ton eked out a 12-9 lead. Stout played a kill off the net and An­der­son served up an ace. Fol­low­ing a time-out, Pittman and Stout pounded kills to draw Farm­ing­ton even at 14-14.

An ace and Strode’s kill helped Har­ri­son score four straight points to move in front, 22-19. Farm­ing­ton ral­lied by notch­ing the next three points be­fore Ella Kate Reynolds’ kill put Har­ri­son in the lead, at 23-22. Farm­ing­ton reached game-point (24-23) on Stout’s kill and again on a Har­ri­son mis­cue at 25-24.

With no time-outs left the teams wran­gled over which would emerge out of the set vic­to­ri­ous. Har­ri­son reached game-point lead­ing 26-25, but after a save by Jones for Farm­ing­ton, the Lady Gob­lins were whis­tled for a dou­ble-hit. A block-kill by Har­ri­son re­peated the sce­nario at 27-26, but Jones was again po­si­tioned to make a play. Her kill from the right hit­ter spot helped Farm­ing­ton bounce back and reach game-point, at 28-27.

Har­ri­son then went up 29-28 with a chance to end the con­test, but An­der­son robbed the Lady Gob­lins of a big hit by dig­ging out a smash and Jones pow­ered a cross-court kill to keep the Lady Car­di­nals alive. Har­ri­son served for game-point, but for­feited an­other op­por­tu­nity to win with a ser­vice er­ror that tied the game, 30-30.

Ju­nior Madi­son Holi­man fash­ioned a con­trol-kill that landed just inside the side bound­ary and won 32-30 on a Har­ri­son hit­ting er­ror. Those hero­ics forced a fifth set, in which Farm­ing­ton over­came a 10-8 deficit with a 3-0 minirun fea­tur­ing back-to-back kills by Stout. Har­ri­son coun­tered with a 4-0 run aided by three Farm­ing­ton mis­takes and got to game-point and match-point.

Stout nailed a kill and Holi­man served an ace to pull the Lady Car­di­nals within, 14-13, but Strode’s kill con­cluded the set with Har­ri­son win­ning 15-13 to claim the match, three games to two. Farm­ing­ton recorded 24 kills and 8 aces dur­ing the match.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Farm­ing­ton vol­ley­ball coaches Mike Howard and Dian­dre Ben­nett react as bench play­ers re­joice over a set vic­tory over Ber­ryville dur­ing the District 4A-1 vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment held at Pea Ridge on Oct. 16.

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