The second seeded Randolph Lady Cardinals (19-2) dispatched fourth-seeded Portville (17-4) in four sets 25-12, 20-25, 25-17, 25-22 on Monday night at Jamestown Community College for the Section 6 Class D girls volleyball title.
Randolph will move onto the Class D Far West Regionals against the Section 5 winner on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sweet Home High School.
Randolph was lead to victory by the dominant offensive play of senior Mckenna Maycock, who finished the game with nearly 40 kills.
Above, the Randolph Lady Cardinals celebrate after they defeated Portville for to win the Section 6 Class D girls volleyball championship at Jamestown Community College on Monday night. Below, Miranda Gross of Randolph serves while teammate Peyton Terrette looks on. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Jay Young
The matchup was decidedly more competitive than the 3-1 set score would suggest. The Lady Panthers pushed the final game to a close tie at 21, but were unable to hold off the Randolph attack in the closing points.
The set began with back-and-forth scoring from both teams. Missed serves early on from both Randolph and Portville brought the score to 6-5 in favor of the Lady Panthers.
Randolph picked up a 12-8 lead thanks to some precision serving by Miranda Gross. After losing a point, Portville brought the game back to even at 17 following an ace by Taylor Lee and more serving from Makayla Wells.
The game was tied again at 19 and then again at 20 when a kill by Maycock put Randolph in a position to finish the match.
Portville coach Kelly Unverdorben called a timeout for the Lady Panthers when the Lady Cardinals reached 24, but it was to no avail. The match was finished by more solid serving from Randolph.
"We came out and did what we needed tonight, and the girls played with confidence," reflected Randolph coach Robin Maycock.
Then she joked, "Really the only problem was when I made a mistake in the second game setting the lineup.''
Randolph came out looking strong in the opening set, when they broke out to a 17-6 lead. The margin was picked up thanks to serving from Hilary Clinger, along with consistent hitting from Gross. A kill by Shaina Griffin got Portville its eleventh point, but by that time the game was out of reach.
After switching sides, Portville settled into a rhythm in the second set.
"I think we have all the talent we need,"said Unverdorben, "It has really come down to confidence at times, but we are a young team so that's understandable."
Despite not fielding a single senior for much of the night, the Lady Panthers were able to hold their own against a more-experienced team. Early play from Griffin and an ace by Maycock brought the game to a tie at seven, and after serving by Cameron McCraken the Lady Panthers jumped out to a 17-14 lead.
Randolph was able to close the gap at 17 thanks to hitting by Clinger, but an ace by Lydia Lukomski of Portville finished the set.
The penultimate game was also competitive during many of the early points. Lukomski and Griffin stood out for the Lady Panthers, who were able to tie the set at 10. Maycock helped Randolph get a three-point lead at 17-14 and from that point on Portville was unable to muster much offense.
The game ended with a kill by the Lady Panthers falling just barely out of bounds.
Maycock ended the match with five aces, 39 kills, and 20 digs; Gross notched 22 assists with three aces; Lindsey Chase held strong defensively with four blocks; and Hilary Clinger had 11 digs while Alexis Terrette had ten helpers.
For the Lady Panthers, Griffin finished with 21 kills and 32 digs, Taylor Lee had 12 kills, while Haley Unverdorben had 25 assists.