By MATT MCKINNEY
Times Staff Reporter
SWITZ CITY ¬-- The Clay City Lady Eels traveled to White River Valley High School Saturday afternoon to face the home Wolverines for the next game on their sectional schedule. Clay City came away victorious in a three-set sweep, 25-21, 27-26, 25-18.
The first set was as even as it could be, with both teams trading the lead. With the score tied at 18 late, Clay City, however, pulled away to win the set, 25-21 with the help from a kill by senior Lynsey Higgins.
"(Higgins) did a nice job in the front row. We've been riding her all season ... ," Clay City head coach Lu Anne Anderson said. " ... I think she stepped up great."
Higgins had three blocks, five digs, two aces, and a total of 13 kills for the afternoon.
As close as the first set was, the second was even closer. Late in the set, Clay City played their way to a tie, 24-24. For the rest of the set, both teams alternated scoring points, playing tough defense throughout. It would be up to which team made the least amount of mistakes. That team ended up being the Eels, as they outlasted the Wolverines, 27-26, to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the game.
"It finally clicked into our minds 'Hey, we've got to wake up and play," Anderson said of the seesaw battle at the end of the second set. "They wanted to win just as much as we did."
Clay City did wake up just in time for the third set. Up by four midway through the set, the Eels scored four straight points, including two kills by junior Brielle Drelick.
Drelick had five kills and nine digs Saturday. Shelby Hane added eight kills for the Eels, who had 34 successful attacks.
The set ended in a decisive fashion, with sophomore Halli Brewer ending the game with one of her five kills on the afternoon. Sophomore Chloe Kittle also recorded nine digs, as well as five aces and a pair of kills. Callie Dayhuff and Shaya Stevenson also posted nine digs in the victory.
The Clay City away crowd was also in full spirit Saturday, helping to boost their Eels into the sectional championship match.
White River Valley Class A Sectional 61