Girls Varsity Volleyball · Heritage Christian stops WeBo in sectional final

Oct 20, 2019

SHERIDAN – The Western Boone volleyball team has shown the ability to rise to the occasion against quality opponents numerous times this season.

But in the Sheridan Sectional championship match Saturday night, Heritage Christian proved to be a little too much of a challenge.

The Eagles topped Western Boone 3-0 (25-15, 28-26, 25-9) to win the sectional title, and have the Stars season end with a 23-10 record.

“I was very proud of the way we played the first two sets,” Western Boone head coach Laura Lawson said. “I think the second set kind of wiped us, so we weren’t as good as we should have been.”

The Eagles took the first set 25-15, but Western Boone seemed ready to tie the match 1-1.

The Stars jumped ahead 24-19, only to see Heritage Christian storm back and tie the set at 24.

Western Boone then led 26-25, before the Eagles won three points in a row to close out the set.

“It was all the mental pressure,” Lawson said. “There were some points tonight where we should have taken advantage and we didn’t.”

Western Boone trailed 9-5 early in the third set, and could never get themselves back in the match.

Heritage Christian closed on a 16-4 run to end the match.

Lawson said this is a match the Stars can build from, especially the second set.

“We had a lot of freshmen and sophomores on varsity playing today,” Lawson said. “We are going to miss our four seniors tremendously, they can’t be replaced, but hopefully through this whole year the younger girls built up their mental toughness and saw the pressure situations.”

Tori Wilkinson and Anna Jones had five kills each to lead the Stars. Kennedy Kiger had four.

Marli Ransom led the team with 12 digs, with Maddie Hawkins having 10, and Elena Gubera and Jones having six each.

Holly Thompson led the team with 14 assists.

Lawson said that while it ended earlier than they wanted it too, there were a lot of positives from the season, which saw the Stars claim the Sagamore Conference title and post 20-plus wins.

“I am going to remember the growth, especially from where we started out until where we ended,” Lawson said. “Beating Tri-West in five sets to win the conference title, that is going to be the key memory from this year.”

Lawson said if a lot of young talent coming back, the future is bright for the program.

She said to help get to that next level, the Stars just have to continue on their same path.

“We have to just continue to play our tough schedule and work hard in the off-season,” Lawson said. “We have to keep putting ourselves in those tough situations. If you want to be one of the top teams in the state, you have to beat the other good teams.”

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter and Zionsville Times Sentinel. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.