MEADVILLE, Pa. – Warren held off a late Cathedral Prep rally, that included a reversal on what the Dragons thought was the match-winner, to complete a 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 28-26) sweep in the District 10 Class 3A quarterfinals on Thursday.
Warren had match point at 24-19 in the third set, but Cathedral Prep rallied to get within two at 24-22. The Dragons thought they had the match won on the next point as Carly Beers sent an attack down the line. Officials initially ruled that the ball went out of play after being touched by a Rambler, they then gathered and reversed the call, giving the point to Cathedral Prep.
A Warren attack error on the next point tied the set at 24-24. The Dragons had match point again at 25-24, but the Ramblers scored two straight to get set point at 26-25. A service error tied it at 26-26. Kylie Fehlman’s kill gave the Dragons match point, and an attack error by the Ramblers ended it.
“Well, it got a little tight at the end but we made plays when we needed to,” Warren coach Mike Dolan said. “Our offense looked good, we had 41 kills many of which were made possible by solid defense all around.”
Kaylin Laird led the Ramblers’ attack with 11 kills. Nikole McLallen had nine kills and Jenna Wagner had six kills. Hailey Sliker had 15 digs and Cecelia Campbell had 25 assists.
Alexia Bowers had a double-double for the Dragons with 10 kills and 14 digs. Kylie Fehlman had 12 kills, while Maddy Jones, Beers, and Kirsten Johnson had six kills each. Jones added 10 digs and two aces, and Beers had eight digs and three aces. Summer Lucks had 14 digs and Lindsay Madigan had 35 assists and two aces.
“Kylie Fehlman was consistently good all night,” Dolan said. “Lindsay and Summer worked well together again. Carly Beers’ serving was terrific, keeping them off balance on a couple of key serving runs.”
Warren will face Meadville in the D10 semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 3 at a time and location to be announced. The Bulldogs came away with a 3-1 win over the Dragons in the regular season finale for both teams.
Dolan said facing a tough challenge like the one the Ramblers presented in the quarterfinals should get Warren ready for the rematch with Meadville.
“It’s good to get a win against a pretty physical team and hopefully it helped prepare us for a very good Meadville team next week,” Dolan said.