second grader Corrine Blackburn rose high in the air and tipped the ball almost straight down on the other side of the field, prompting a deserved cheer.
Bishop Brossart’s students rushed onto the court while Mustangs was a fifth-year head volleyball coach Bree Velasquez hugged assistant Sydney Bragg. The Mustangs (24-13 overall) won the first district tournament championship in school history, beating host Scott Eagles (25-12) in the 37th District’s title game 3-2 (25-21, 17-25, 19-25, 25 ). -21, 15-12).
Brossart earned the right to host the 10th regional tournament as a result of the win. Brossart plays 38th District runner-up Pendleton County (22-7) Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Scott plays 38th District champion Harrison County (26-10) at the same time Tuesday. The semi-finals take place on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., with the league game taking place on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
“That’s all we’ve talked about since day one,” Velasquez said. “It was one of those things where we saw the potential in them coming into preseason and I don’t know if they didn’t see it in themselves. But everything clicked. We did games that we hadn’t done before this year. Our attack was so strong. The chemistry and everything was there.”
After celebrating on the court, the Brossart players quickly ran over to their injured senior setter Savannah Seiter and hugged her. Seiter was forced to leave in the third game, eventually resting her left leg on a chair and icing on her left ankle.
The mustangs crowded around them, especially the eighth-grade setters Aubrey Rebholz. Seiter unofficially had 20 assists before coming out, and Rebholz finished the game with 13 of Brossart’s other 14 assists. Rebholz came on in the regular season with 197 assists to fill in for the injured side.
“I feel like we already knew the types of sets that we could do and connect easily, so we did a lot of those,” Rebholz said. “I feel like that really led us to victory. Our confidence grew (as the game progressed).”
Brossart unofficially finished with 46 kills, 24 digs, eight aces, and eight blocks. After the first game, the Mustangs showed the same kind of balance shown in Tuesday’s District semifinal win over Campbell County. Junior Libero Maddie Kremer went ahead on first touches and picked up 11 digs.
“In the beginning it was quite difficult. We were a little rude because Rebholz had trouble communicating and preparing her hands,” Kremer said of the moves after Seiter left the game. “But after five points we were in a perfect position. We were better again.”
Then the Mustangs found their power hitters. 6ft 3in center blocker Blackburn had 18 kills and four blocks with junior center blocker PaytonParker contributed nine kills and two blocks. second opponent Kate Neltner and junior outside hitters Kaya Hesse had good games with eight and five kills respectively. Blackburn, Kremer and Neltner made up the all-tournament team.
“It felt good,” Parker said of touching on the Scott hits. “It was nice to at least slow it down for my defenders. I feel like we have so much cohesion with the team and just work together quite naturally.”
Scott unofficially had 44 kills, 37 assists, 33 digs, nine aces, and three blocks. Older Thug Makaylah Mitchell had 13 kills, eight digs and three blocks and senior libero Laine Morman had nine digs to make the all-tournament team.
Scott’s tallest player is 5-10, making it difficult to go up against Blackburn. A novice all round Milyn Minor had 11 kills and four digs with junior hitter Brooke Balsley Recording six kills. Second defensive specialist Elisa Manhardt added nine digs. Senior Setters Audrey Griffin put on another valiant effort with 36 assists and three aces.
“It’s difficult, especially when they come into the system,” he said Andrea Sullivan, Scott head coach. “We didn’t pass the ball very well. We missed a lot of serves so I think hats off to Brossart. They definitely deserve to win more than we do. We just didn’t execute.”
The Mustangs were trailing 4-0 and 11-2 early in the game, prompting Velasquez to call timeouts at those points in the game. She urged the Mustangs to stop hitting themselves. They responded by coming back to make it a 14-14 game after a Neltner kill and Rebholz ace.
But Scott responded with six in a row on two minor kills and an ace of Manhardt. Brossart scored three straight goals after a Balsley kill gave the Eagles a 24-18 lead. The Eagles won the first game after Brossart served a wide.
The Mustangs led the second game 5-1 early before the Eagles took a 6-5 lead on a Balsley ace. Brossart led 11-10 before starting a 5-0 run that ended with a Kremer ace. The Eagles cut the lead to three before winning it due to a Scott hit miss.
Minor opened the third game with a kill. But a kill from Parker and then an ace from Kremer gave the Mustangs the lead of the game. The Mustangs led 19-11 to eight before finishing with two Scott hit errors.
“Minus the first 12, 13 points of that first game, we found our consistency and it was great,” Velasquez said. “Seeing them come back in the first game and it was that close was great to see that grind. I feel like our team didn’t show that struggle, that urge to keep it all out there. This is the best time to get together and do all these things.”
Scott came out in the fourth game and scored the first five points. Balsley had a kill and a block and Manhardt had two aces, with Minor recording a kill after a Brossart block attempt and out of bounds.
But the Mustangs fought back. They used a 9-0 run to turn a 12-8 deficit into a 17-12 lead. Neltner had three aces in this run.
Scott then hit three in a row to cut the lead to 19-18 with two Griffin aces. Parker gave Brossart a 21-20 lead before the Eagles scored five straight goals to force a fifth game. Morman had two aces during that run.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game and we talked about how it was going to be a fight,” Sullivan said. “We had to fight for every point and they did a great job catching the balls we sent. Corrine is difficult to block. Their attackers knocked off some of our blockers and we struggled with those balls. We just didn’t make the games when we needed to.
Blackburn had a block to give Brossart a 4-1 lead, forcing a timeout from Scott. Then Scott cut the lead to 6-5, prompting Velasquez to call a time-out.
The Eagles came up twice in one after that. Brossart led 14-10 before Scott scored back-to-back, with Mitchell landing a block and Velasquez capitalizing on the final Brossart time-out. Kremer made a nice serve-receive pass from a minor serve to Rebholz, who set up Blackburn to end the game.
Scott won the September 21 regular season game in Alexandria 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-21). The Eagles were hoping to win the district championship for the first time in two years. Scott and Campbell County have both won it five times since the current format’s inception in 2012.
35th District Championship at Holme
Notre Dame 3, Holy Cross 0
The Pandas (27-5 overall) defeated the Indians (29-8) for another district championship.
Notre Dame had 41 kills, 36 assists, 59 digs and seven aces in the win. Older outside hitter Sydney Nolan had 18 kills with sophomore setter Lauren Ott and freshman setters Lizzy Larkins with 17 assists each. Second middle blocker Ella Goetz had four aces with Senior Libero Kamden Schrand Dig up 22 balls.
Holy Cross had 31 kills, 28 assists, all by senior setters Mayan hunt, five aces and 40 digs. junior middle blocker Julia Jaeger had 19 kills, three aces and 10 digs. Senior Rylee Hood added nine kills with Senior Libero Natalie Bessler Dig up 11 balls. Maya Hunt added two aces.
The 9th regional tournament starts on Monday in Ryle, with the draw taking place on Saturday morning. Notre Dame takes on Newport Central Catholic, Dixie Heights or Conner. Holy Cross competes against Highlands, Ryle or St. Henry.
Lexington Catholic 3, Bishop Brossart 0
The Mustangs (14-9-4) went up against the Host Knights (26-1). But after winning the first state tournament game in the program’s history on Tuesday, Brossart couldn’t end LexCath’s 26-game winning streak.
The tall and powerful Knights put up 14 shots to 6 for the Mustangs. LexCath led 1-0 at half time.
The Mustangs graduate seven seniors from the team. You are goalkeeper Lauren Goodersonmidfield player Claire Hummel, Ella Machenheimer, Jill PlaneauxForward/Midfielder Katelyn Kremerdefender Brooke Shewmaker and defender/midfielder Hannah Kramer.
Beechwood 57, Newport 0
The Tigers (8-1, 3-0 District) rolled to a Class 2A, District 6 win over the Newport Wildcats (3-7, 0-3). This was the Tigers’ third shutout of the season.
Beechwood plays Newport Central Catholic (8-1) on October 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Covington Catholic. Newport had his farewell week before entering the Class 2A playoffs.
1 Newport Central Catholic, Bellevue 0 (derelict)
The Thoroughbreds (8-1, 3-0 ward) clinched victory after being unable to find a substitute opponent for Bellevue (0-9, 0-3) in the game. The Tigers decided to call off the remainder of the season as they were down to 15 healthy players after the 46-0 home loss to Dayton on October 7.
NewCath ends the regular season at CovCath on October 28 against Beechwood (8-1) at 7:30 p.m