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Perrysburg volleyball advances to district volleyball final (10-23-12) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 22:30
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Perrysburg's Audra Appold (6) celebrates with teammate Alyssa Young (17) during a game against Clay. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Perrysburg's volleyball team has lost only twice this season.
The Yellow Jackets avenged one of those losses in the semifinals of the Division I district tournament Tuesday night at the Stroh Center.
And they'll have a chance to avenge the other Thursday night when they play for the district championship.
Perrysburg posted a 25-17, 25-22, 17-25, 25-21 semifinal win over Clay to the advance to the district final where it will face top-ranked Toledo St. Ursula in the Stroh Center at 7.
The Yellow Jackets have won 20 straight matches to improve to 23-2 overall.  PHOTO GALLERY
St. Ursula (25-0) was a 25-11, 25-19, 25-11 winner over Anthony Wayne (18-7) in the first match.
Against Clay (17-6), the Yellow Jackets used strong finishes in the second and fourth sets to hold off Clay.
Perrysburg scored the final five points of the second set to erase a 22-20 deficit and pulled away from an 18-18 tie in the fourth set to clinch the match.
"We knew we had to push at that point," Perrysburg junior Audra Appold said of the finishes to the second and fourth sets. "We knew what we had to do, and we just went out and took care of business."
Clay rallied to control the third set after losing the first two sets. Perrysburg had played well in building its two-set lead.
"That was our last hope because we want to keep playing," said Appold, who had 15 kills and 12 digs. "We knew we had to do that if we wanted to keep playing. We knew we had put together a run if we wanted to stay in that set, so we did it."
Perrysburg closed out the second set on kills by Appold, Shannon Fastnacht and Savannah Miller; a block by Fastnacht and Miller; an ace by Madi Nitschke; and a Clay error.
In the fourth set, Perrysburg went ahead for good at 19-18 on a tip kill by Appold.
The Yellow Jackets scored seven of the final 11 points in the fourth set. Appold had kills on four of Perrysburg's final eight points, while Fastnacht had two kills and Nitschke served an ace to end the match.
Appold had eight kills in the fourth set, while Mackenzie Pohlman added for.
"We just had the determination not to be done," Perrysburg coach Jamie Babcock said. "We knew we were playing for our lives today, and these kids are not ready to be done. They made a decision they weren't going to walk out of here without a 'W.'"
Perrysburg's leaders were: Chloe Matuga, 34 assists, 12 digs, two aces; Miller, eight kills, 11 digs; Fastnacht, six kills, two blocks; Pohlman, six kills, three blocks; and Graesyn Pawlak, 19 digs.
Clay had posted a 24-26, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20 win at Perrysburg Aug. 31, the Yellow Jackets' last loss.
"That was our redemption and it feels good to get that one back," Appold said. "We've improved a lot and they have, too, but our energy was totally different tonight and our consistency was different. We needed momentum and we have that now. We're just a different team now than we were then."
"We've had a little bit of a salty taste since we lost to them the last time," Babcock said. "We were ready for a rematch. We were well-prepared and our kids executed to a 'T.' It was a good win."
St. Ursula was a 25-21, 21-25, 25-14, 25-22 winner at Perrysburg Aug. 26.
"We've scouted them very well and we've been preparing for them for a long time because we knew we'd see them again," Babcock said. "That was a good measuring tool because it showed us what we had to get better at.
"We didn't play well against them the last time," Babcock added. "We were still testing our new lineups. We were a very new team, a lot of new players were trying to get the feel for each other. We've grown so much as a team since then. The team back then I don't even recognize now. We are so much better now and we've really come together."
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