By John Bombatch
CEDARVILLE — Girls volleyball coach Kelsey Carter may have seen her fledgling Cedarville Indians team grow up on Thursday night, after claiming a come-from-behind 16-25, 25-16, 25-14, 23-25, 15-7 win over rival Greeneview in the Cedarville High gym.
After losing the fourth set, and then trailing in the deciding fifth set 0-4, the Indians could’ve easily gone into panic mode and ultimately lost as a result. Cedarville (9-13) enabled Greeneview to tie the match with a deep serve in the fourth set. The Rams (7-13) then rumbled out to score the first four points of the deciding fifth set on four Indians miscues and a spike from Ashley Schloss.
But Carter called a timeout, and her Indians team outscored Greeneview 15-3 the rest of the way for the win.
And that girl who gave the Rams the fourth set with a long, over-aggressive serve? That same girl, Brianna Hanson, served out the final three points of the match for the win.
And fittingly on Cedarville’s Senior Night, senior Anna Kinsinger bashed a kill down the left line for the winning point. Kinsinger and fellow senior Emily Huck were both presented with a bouquet of flowers prior to the match.
The Cedarville student section then charged onto the court and surrounded the Indians team in celebration.
“We’ve been working really hard all season on our mental toughness and just having grit. It’s something that we’ve been talking about,” Carter explained. “It’s not necessarily the team that has the most talent that always wins, but the team that wants it the most that doesn’t quit. This is exactly what we’d been talking about!
“I’m so proud of those girls. It’s so nice to see things click the way they did during this final game before the postseason tournament. That was amazing!”
Sara Beste led the way for Cedarville. She smashed a career-high 28 kills to go with 20 digs. And Cedarville setter Kailey Schultz was busy setting up 43 assists, to go along with her six digs. Huck nabbed 16 digs and served four aces in the win.
Greeneview coach Tara Vinson said her team may have got a bit tentative after taking the first set, 25-16.
“We started off playing well. In that first set, we came ready to play,” Vinson said. “But then we got comfortable, like we always do, and then we just sort of take it easy out there and just get by. We started playing not to lose, honestly.
“It’s the end of the regular season, and their mindset right now is sadly not about volleyball.”
Ashley Schloss led the Rams with eight kills and seven blocks, while teammate Caitlin Sweat finished with eight kills and four blocks. Brianna Seigfried finished with a team-leading 14 assists, and Allison Simpson finished with 13.
Greeneview opens Division III postseason tournament play in the Brookville 1 Sectional as the no. 13 seed. The Rams will take on 11th seeded Middletown Madison at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Brookville High School gymnasium.
Cedarville is the no. 20 seed in Division IV’s Arcanum 2 Sectional. The Indians will take on no. 4 seed Springfield Catholic Central in their tournament opener, at 6 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 18 at Arcanum High School.