Girls volleyball: Senators start fast, but fall to Lafayette CC at semistate
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent November 2, 2013 4:56PM
Washington Township reacts during action in the Caston IHSAA Volleyball game in Fulton, Ind. Saturday Nov. 2, 2013.| Joe Raymond ~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 4, 2013 6:48AM
FULTON — It was a promising start for Washington Township on Saturday in its Caston Semistate semifinal match, but ultimately Lafayette Central Catholic recovered and won 3-1 to end the Senators’ run.
The Senators won the back-and-forth first game 30-28 but that was the only win they could muster as they dropped the next three games 25-17, 25-21 and 25-17. The Senators had chances in every game but the Knights withstood their runs and finally put them away.
“We couldn’t stop their runs and we made some mental mistakes and it seemed that we got tired more than they did,” Senators coach Kevin Labaj said. “We practiced hard for them all week and we switched up some things but we didn’t utilize some of our sets when they were there for us.”
The Knights jumped out to a 6-0 lead right off the bat in the second game behind the strong serving of libero Maddie Madson. Madson rattled off six straight points and had nine serving points in the game. Washington Township cut the lead to 10-8 at one point but that was as close as it would get.
“Their libero was phenomenal, but I also thought ours (Emily Holcomb) had a great day as well,” said Labaj.
Things looked much brighter for the Senators in Game 3 as they jumped out to a 10-4 lead behind the strong serving of Samantha Higgins, who had five straight service points, including an ace. But the Knights kept clawing back to tie the game at 11. They eventually opened up a 20-15 lead, but the Senators tied the game at 20 before falling 25-21.
Game 4 was just too much Cameron Onken. The Knights’ left-handed sophomore had five kills, including four consecutive kills for points, and a block in the 25-17 clincher.
Madeline Johnson led the Senators with 16 kills, followed by Lauren Kleist with nine. Higgins had 10 blocks and Holcomb had 28 digs, followed by Natalee Kwiatkowski with 18.