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Seymour pounded its way past Castle to capture its second straight volleyball regional title on Tuesday night, 25-13, 25-8, 25-11.
“Definitely the key tonight was blocking,” Owls coach Angie Lucas said. “We had four solo blocks and 16 assist blocks, and we just totally dominated at the net tonight. That really changed the whole game. It frustrated the other team. They are a scrappy team, and they tried to keep the ball going as much as they could, but we just dominated at the net.”
The Owls also were solid offensively. The team was 83 of 88 in hitting with 38 kills, and Abby Speer led the way by going 19 of 20 with 11 kills, and Jessica Lucas had 34 assists. In serving, the team was 68 of 71 with seven aces, and Chandler Clark led the way by going 30 of 30 with one ace. Hayden Dailey had a team-high four aces on 15-of-15 serving.
“Offensively, we were very strong,” Lucas said. “We only had five hitting errors for the entire match, and we were just clicking on all cylinders tonight. It was a very good win for us.”
The positive for the Owls is they get to play semistate on their home court. At 11 a.m. Saturday, Class 4A No. 9 Seymour (30-5) will take on No. 10 Cathedral (22-9), and that will be followed by No. 4 Avon (32-5) facing No. 3 Columbus East (31-4). Columbus East won regional on Tuesday in three sets, while Cathedral won in four, and Avon won in five.
“We’re thrilled to death to be able to play on our home court and get back to where we were last year,” Lucas said. “It says a lot about this team and how hard they’ve worked, and the coaching staff is just very proud of them. We’re excited, and we’ll be ready to play on Saturday.”
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