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Crawford upends Paoli in five

Class 2A Sectional 46

October 30, 2013
The Crawford County Lady Pack volleyball team put a check in the win column at the Class 2A Sectional 46 Thursday night with a five-game match that left the nerves a little frayed. The win put the Lady Pack into the semi-final round on Saturday to face host Providence.

Crawford County had things going its way to start the match. The Lady Pack got things done in the first two games, winning 25-21 and 25-19.

"Going into the game, the girls had the mental attitude they were going to (win) and wanted to beat Paoli," Crawford County coach Angie Allen said. "They played well in the first two sets. Passes were good. We were setting and hitting. We were doing everything right. Our girls were playing with confidence and intensity!"

Things began to unravel slightly in game three, with the Lady Rams coming away with a 25-19 win. The tension increased as Crawford County struggled through game four, Paoli coming away with a 25-11 win sending the match into a fifth game.

"Going into set three, our girls were still confident," Allen said. "Unfortunately, Paoli started hitting, and tipping, our middles were not getting any hands on the ball when blocking, and our back row had issues passing. We lost our momentum and mentally we could not regroup. This carried over to set four. Same thing, mentally our girls were defeated."

The Lady Pack worked to get their heads back into the match before going into game five. This time the Lady Pack put themselves back on track, getting the win with a 15-11 score and advancing to the semi-final.

"In set five, we regrouped in the team huddle," Allen said. "The girls knew it was do or die. We were only going to 15. As soon as we earned our first point with a kill, our girls were on fire and Paoli could not stop them. Our momentum kept climbing, and we could see defeat on the Paoli girls' faces. Kayla (Elsea) was serving well, and the other girls were backing up her serve. Kayla served the last six points straight for the win."

Elsea finished with 17 kills. Brooke Sauer had 11 kills, and Katie Tincher finished with eight. Tincher missed part of games three and four due to an injury.

"Katie Tincher hurt her hand and finger during set three, and we had to pull her out during set four," Allen said. "She was able to go back in and play set five. Kayla Elsea was playing with an injury (lower leg) during set five. The girls pulled together and worked hard as a team for the win."

The Lady Pack then ran into a buzz saw on Saturday against the Lady Pioneers.

"We walked away with the opportunity to play the second round of sectional," Allen said. "Our serve receive killed us. We had issues passing their serves. Needless to say, without passes it causes issues with setting and hitting, and we were not getting any hands on the blocks, or at least not enough. Brooke walked away with five kills. Kayla and Katie had three kills each."

"Although we didn't make it into the final round of sectionals, our girls have a lot to celebrate and be proud of," Allen said. "Although our record doesn't show a winning season, our girls have accomplished many new things they haven't experienced in past years.

"This year, we increased our wins by 600 percent (13/17), we won our own invitational and brought a trophy home and we set new records. They have a lot to celebrate, and parents and the community should be proud of their accomplishments."

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