LIMA — There really were 12 players on the floor Thursday night at Msgr. E. C. Herr Gymnasium when Ada came calling to meet Lima Central Catholic in volleyball action.
Stand-out performances by Melina Woods of the Bulldogs and Ellen Dee for the Thunderbirds just made it seem like there was often only two players on the floor.
The T-Birds (8-6) took the match by a 3-1 margin after games of 25-23, 25-19, 21-25, and 25-21.
Ada led the first game by a score of 23-21 before the T-Birds broke through for their 22nd point and had Dee serving. LCC held on to tie the game at 23 each before Dee served back-to-back aces to give LCC the win.
The second game saw the Bulldogs (7-5) settle in and they sprinted out to a 9-4 lead before Dee had the serve again. She promptly served nine straight points and LCC had regained the momentum with a 14-9 lead.
“We knew we were playing against their big player (Woods) and we had to play bigger.” Dee said. “It feels pretty good, I knew I had to keep my concentration and we played together as a team.”
The T-Birds would close out the second game 25-19 to go up 2-0 in the match.
But the Bulldogs wouldn’t go away and fought their way to a 25-21 win and force the T-Birds to a fourth game.
LCC responded and got the ball with Dee serving and the score tied at 21-21. Like she had the entire evening, Dee served four straight points to give the T-Birds the game and the match.
Woods, who became the all-time leader at Ada in kills earlier in the season, posted 32 on the night. She added three blocks, 11 digs, and two aces for good measure.
Maddie Gossard totaled 27 assists, seven digs and four aces while libero Olivia Alexander added 17 digs
in addition to 13 digs by Kaiti Newland.
“We couldn’t handle their serve,” Ada coach Melissa Gossard said. “Maddie (Gossard) got the ball to Melina where it needed to be and Melina sees the court so well.”
Dee paced the T-Birds with 11 kills and 14 aces. Mornay McBroom and Ella Dellamotte both were strong at the net with 13 kills. McBroom also had three blocks while Delamotte and Rosie Williams finished with two blocks each. Jocelyn Morrisey finished with 16 digs for the T-Birds while Courtney Hahn totaled 43 assists in the match.
“They beat us 3-0 last year so the kids were fired up and we were ready to go.” LCC coach Wes Horstman said. “Woods is a really nice player and Ellen (Dee) is a three-year starter who had her best ever night serving tonight.”
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