By Rob Kiser
You might say the preliminaries are over for the Lehman Catholic volleyball team.
And the Lady Cavaliers won’t have any problem being inspired against their next opponent.
Lehman, 17-7, cruised past Tri-Village 25-6, 25-7, 25-13 Thursday night in Tippecanoe D-IV sectional action.
Now, the Lady Cavaliers will play Catholic Central — the same team that ended their streak of 21 straight district titles a year ago in the sectional finals — at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Lehman is the third seed and Catholic Central is the seventh seed.
“We have a lot young players on the team,” Lehman coach Greg Snipes said. “But, for the seniors and juniors, I think so (they look forward to playing Catholic Central). We want to go deeper into the tournament this year.”
Sidney Chapman was unstoppable from the outside from the start against Tri-Village — although the Lady Patriots did have a few nice digs and blocks as the match went on — and Marianne Hissong provided a spark in the middle.
After an early ace, Hissong had two kills and a tip on three straight points with Adriana Sehlhorst serving to make it 19-4 late in the first game.
She added two more kills to help Lehman win the opener 25-6.
“I thought she (Marianne Hissong) did (give Lehman a spark),” Snipes said. “Madeline (Smith) did a great job getting the middles involved.”
After Tri-Village gotten within 4-3 early in the second game, Chapman served four aces and Ellie Scott capped a nine-point run with a kill.
Hailey Wick served two aces in a five-point run and Hissong had a kill and an ace — the latter finishing the second game at 25-7.
In the third game, Chapman had another serving run with two aces and a kill by Allie Hall, while a Maddy McFarland kill on Alexis Snipes serve made it 17-7.
McFarland had a four-point run, that included two aces and a kill by Chapman to make it 22-8 and Lehman held on while emptying its bench for a 25-13 win.
Smith dished out 26 assists, while Chapman had 13 kills and nine aces.
McFarland and Hissong both had five kills.
“One of the things we talked about was not letting down tonight and I thought we did a good job of that,” Snipes said. “We told the girls they had a couple matches to work their way into the tournament. Now, we are going to see the higher seeds and better teams. We are going to have to be more focused and ready.”
Which shouldn’t be a problem Saturday.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.