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October 29, 2013

District 10 girls volleyball playoffs: Spa keeps season alive with five-game win over Lakeview

MEADVILLE — Tuesday afternoon marked the first time in at least six years that either Cambridge Springs or Lakeview had participated in the District 10 girls volleyball tournament.

And both teams were going to do everything in their power to assure their participation didn’t end prematurely, even if that meant a couple more gray hairs added to the head of Cambridge Springs coach John Turner.

The Blue Devils and Sailors entertained a packed gymnasium in the opening round of the District 10 Class A tournament yesterday at Meadville Area Senior High’s House of Thrills with a five-game thriller. In the end, it was Cambridge Springs battling back for the 25-13, 23-25, 25-11, 12-25, 15-10 win to advance to Thursday’s semifinals.

Cambridge Springs (14-3) will face Region 1 champion West Middlesex, which earned a quarterfinal round bye, on Thursday at 6 p.m. Cochranton will face Maplewood, a 25-17, 25-15, 25-20 winner over Sharpsville yesterday, in the other Class A quarterfinal, also at 6 p.m.

“I told them, ‘I have more gray hair than I really want to have,’” first-year Cambridge Springs coach John Turner said. “I was just looking in the mirror (Monday night) and thought, ‘Man, I’m getting gray.’ They put a few more on their (last night).”

Cambridge Springs looked like it was going to roll to victory against the Sailors. The Blue Devils, with a revamped lineup that included moving middle hitter Jennae Shinsky outside, did trail 8-5 in the opening set.

But a kill by Paige Wolfrom ignited a 12-0 run by the Blue Devils that put them up 18-8 and well in control. Lakeview had other plans, however.

The Sailors and Blue Devils engaged in quite the battle in Game 2. First Cambridge Springs had a decent advanage (9-6), then Lakeview took the lead (19-15). And eventually the two team found themselves locked in a 20-20 tie.

Cambridge Springs broke the tie to take a 21-20 lead on a kill error by the Sailors, but followed with a service error and attack miscue of its own to put the Sailors back in control 22-21.

Lakeview eventually finished it off with a kill by Ashley Ray. An epic was in the making. But in the end, it was the Blue Devils that made more big plays.

Seniors Wolfrom and Shinsky and sophomore Mackayla Kurt down the stretch wound up being the difference.

“The first couple games we were burying the ball,” Turner said. “(Lakeview) adjusted well and we had a hard time adjusting ourselves. Then we started tipping a couple of times and that opened things up and shifted their defense.”

Wolfrom wound up with 20 kills. Kurt added 14 and Shinksy finished with 13. Mackenzie Turner set it all up with 41 assists.

Lakeview wraps up a remarkable season that was highlighted by its first District 10 playoff appearance since 2005.

“I was really, really nervous for (the girls) in Game 1,” Lakeview coach Lisa Herrick said. “I think they were really nervous themselves. But, honestly, they came back from that and they didn’t take no for an answer.

“They played hard. I can’t say enough about these girls. They put their heart on the line. That’s what you have to do when you play volleyball.”

Tia Ray led the Sailors (13-4) with nine kills. Rachel McKean added eight kills. Sam Riddle tallied 26 digs.

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