Host Adams Central brought to an end a fantastic Westview volleyball season Tuesday night in Class 2A regional play.
Led by the powerful hitting of Whitney Peterson (11 kills) and Bess Fiechter (10 kills), the Lady Jets forged a 26-24, 25-13, 25-20 victory over the Lady Warriors. The victory advanced Adams Central (22-8) to this Saturday’s 2A semi-state to be held at Bremen High School, where it will meet Southwood (25-12) in the first semifinal match at 11 a.m.
For Westview, the 2012 campaign came to a close with a 24-11 record. The 24 wins are the most posted by a Lady Warrior volleyball squad since the 2006 club, led by future Purdue University star Tiffany Fisher, also notched 24 triumphs. The regional appearance was the first for Westview in 11 years.
“I felt confident coming into the season, based on how much time and work the girls put in during the summer, that this team could be something special,” stated Westview skipper Heidi Brohm, who was a key member of the last Lady Warrior sectional championship team in 2001. “Our seniors (Kelsey Carmack, Carrie Chupp and Candice Chupp) did a tremendous job of leadership and blending in with the younger players on the team. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
The Lady Warriors were on the brink of gaining the early advantage in Tuesday’s regional clash when an Adams Central service error put Westview one point away from winning the opening game. However, a kill by Haley Gross tied the count at 24-all. Peterson followed with consecutive kills to earn the Lady Jets the first game.
“We made a few costly mental errors that let Adams Central back into the game,” stated Brohm. “We were also not as sharp in our passing as we had been in the sectional. Some of that may have been due to nerves. Playing in a regional for the first time is difficult and facing an opponent that you know little about makes it even tougher. This was a whole new experience for us.”
Westview jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the second game, only to see Adams Central put together a 17-3 rally and take a 21-10 advantage. Kills by Fiechter and Peterson helped complete the Lady Jets’ 12-point victory.
The Lady Warriors again lept to the lead in game three behind the spikes of Grace Hales and Breann Bushong. Julia Wright’s block then gave Westview a 12-7 edge.
But just as they had done in the previous set, Adams Central began to chip away at the Lady Warrior lead, eventually knotting the score at 17-all on a kill by Madi Schwartz and going ahead on an ace by Fiechter. The Lady Jets tallied seven of the 10 points after that to secure the game and the match.
Gross wound up with nine kills for Adams Central. Serving up four aces was Jenni Baumer.
Spearheading the Westview attack were Hales with eight kills, Bushong with six and Carmack with five. Hales, Carmack and Rachel Johns each delivered an ace, while Carrie Chupp collected 14 assists.
Carmack led the defense with 14 digs, followed by Carrie Chupp with nine. Bushong topped the block chart with four, three of which were solos.