Posted: Saturday, 28 September 2013 10:38PM

Ash Grove takes revengeful victory for Strafford Volleyfest title

Strafford, Mo. (  -- The Ash Grove Lady Pirates utilized a strong offensive presence in the third set to roll Springfield Catholic in the Strafford Volleyfest championship Saturday night, 2-1.

“I’m just so proud of the girls and their effort,” said Ash Grove coach Shelly Wilson. “After playing a total of six games and winning the championship all in one Saturday, it’s been long a day. We just came out to play and gave everything we had.”
In the third game of the regular season, the Lady Pirates lost to Catholic on the road in two sets. Ash Grove hoped to relinquish the bitter taste of defeat after advancing to the championship to face-off with the Lady Irish once again.
Ash Grove jumped out to an early lead, grabbing the first set by a slim margin, 25-23. Catholic then regrouped themselves, dominating the offensive game to take the second set 25-17 over the Lady Pirates, forcing a third and final set.
The Lady Pirates controlled majority the deciding set, as Ash Grove took a revengeful victory over Springfield Catholic, 25-18.
“I’m really excited about today’s win, especially after losing to Catholic earlier in the season,” said Ash Grove senior Madi Johnson. “It feels great to get them back when it counts the most. What really made the difference in the third set was our communication. We were all tuned in.”
Catholic’s head coach Deirdre Smith contributes the title game loss to mental errors, but she said she’s still pleased with her team’s effort on the court.  
“I think we had a few mental mistakes that got in our way, but we’re going to work on that and clean up our game as we move forward,” said Smith. “We laid everything we had out there, and Ash Grove did a good job of keeping the momentum that last set.”

Ash Grove hits the floor next against Mid-Lakes Conference rival Strafford at home Oct. 1 at 6:00 p.m.
“The next game we play is a conference matchup against Strafford, so we’ll be getting ready for that first thing Monday,” said Wilson.

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