The freshman setter came in and sparked the Strafford Lady Indians from a 17-11 third set deficit, shocking Ash Grove and giving Strafford coach Adeana Brewer her first Volleyfest championship Saturday evening at Strafford.
“The girls set this as a goal at the beginning of the season. In my four years here we haven’t won our tournament so it was really important for us to win it on our floor in front of our fans,” said Brewer.
The Lady Indians jumped out to a 5-1 lead early in the first set. Although Ash Grove would rally, Strafford would go on to take the set 25-20.
The Lady Pirates responded in the second set with a 5-1 burst of their own, however Strafford wouldn’t surrender the set without a fight.
The Lady Indians closed the gap to just two points at 24-22 when Ash Grove junior Jamie Mauss slammed the door shut on the Strafford rally with a ferocious kill, guaranteeing a third and decisive set.
The third set would again see Ash Grove jump out to an early lead at 5-2. They would eventually extend that lead to 17-11 before a Strafford time-out.
Led by the insertion of Eden, Strafford won 11 of the next 14 points to take a 22-20 lead before Ash Grove would ask for a time-out of their own.
But the damage had already been done. The remainder of the set would go back and forth until an errant Ash Grove hit landed out of bounds, ending the match and giving the tournament championship to Strafford.
“This was a huge win for our team. Ash Grove is a great team, extremely well coached, and also a conference rival. For us to beat them tonight was big for our team. But, we will see them again soon,” said Brewer with a smile.
The two teams are set to collide in Ash Grove Tuesday, it will be both team’s Mid-Lakes Conference opener.
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