Times Staff Reporter
CLAY CITY -- Clay City volleyball took the next step toward a sectional championship after a 3-0 win over Eminence Saturday afternoon.
In the first match, Clay City found themselves down 15-9, before battling back behind the serving of Chloe Kittle, who rallied the team to five straight points bringing the score to 15-14.
Each team battled to gain control and in the end it was Clay City who took the lead at 20-19 and never looked back.
Behind a combination of Emmie Kittle's serves and Brielle Drelick's strong play at the net, Clay City was able to extend their lead to 23-19.
However, Eminence made one last surge to bring the score as close as 24-22, before Clay City ultimately claimed the game 25-22.
In the second game, Clay City jumped out to a 12-7 lead that was never relinquished.
Meeghan Riggs, Asie Jeffers, Chloe Kittle and Hallie Brewer each played well in contributing to the Eels' early lead.
Clay City kept the foot on the gas and extended the lead to 18-9 with Riggs' serving and more from Drelick at the net.
The Eel's lead grew to 24-15, which led to Jeffers scoring the game point, ending the set at 25-15.
In the third game, Eminence led early 3-1, until Clay City once again took control.
The Eels took the lead at 5-4 on a Brewer tap over the net and continued to build on the lead.
Eminence seemed unable to find an answer for Brewer and Drelick who helped extend Clay City's lead to 14-8. Brewer had eight kills and Drelick led the Eels with 14 kills and added three blocks with four aces in a key overall effort.
Clay City continued to roll in game three and eventually won the match on a game point scored by Riggs, 25-14.
Callie Dayhuff also turned in a noteworthy performance on the day tallying 15 digs, one ace and one service point. The offense was set up by freshman Emmie Kittle, who provided 27 assists to go with five kills, a dig and six service points.
Clay City advances to the sectional championship against Shakamak. The match starts at 7 p.m., at Clay City High School.
Class A Clay City Sectional