Updated Wed, Oct 26, 2011 1:46 am
The Alexander Spartans girls volleyball team came up short in their quest for a championship, losing in four sets to their nemesis, the Adena Warriors.
Adena, the number one seed, came out strong in the opening set, winning 25-17. The underdog Spartans battled in the second set and trailed by just a point at 20-19 after great play from Macy Brickles. However, Adena showed why they were the heavy favorites, winning five of the last six points to take the set 25-20 and go up two sets to none.
The young Spartan team would not go quietly, winning several long rallies to win 25-23 and pull within one set.
The Warriors proved too much for the Spartans as they ran away with the fourth set 25-15 to advance to the district finals where they will face the winner of Lucas Valley and Zane Trace on Saturday afternoon at Athens High School.
Catie Cory’s 23 digs and Michelle Ackley’s two kills led Adena. Alexander was powered by Kayle Bartlett’s 19 digs and seven aces, while Brickles tallied a game-high 29 digs and four kills.