The Cards got off to a good start in the playoffs Wednesday evening with a convincing 3-set win over Fairfield. In an interesting plot twist, Fairfield had the opportunity to select a lower seed in the bracket but instead chose to face the Cards to avenge a defeat that occurred in September. Be careful what you wish for. The Cards came out swinging, quickly took control of the game and never looked back.
With their high school careers nearing an end, seniors Taiah Pewett and Ana Lu Gehner led the way to keep the season alive. The always-reliable Taiah had numerous kills and well-placed tips. Ana Lu played solid defense in the back row and contributed a 6-0 serving run in the first set, including 4 aces. The team played solid defense overall and nullified Fairfield’s outside hitter, who led the GMC in kills this season.
The win is also a tribute to the coaching staff, who had been game-planning for Fairfield for the last week. Giving the Colerain coaches that much time to prepare is like giving Bill Belichick 2 weeks to prepare for the Super Bowl. Coach Dink, a former star outside hitter at UC, actually role-played the Fairfield hitters in practice. “I literally watched the film from our September game with Fairfield six times,” said sophomore Kate White. “We knew their tendencies and weren’t surprised by anything.”
The Cards advance to the next round with a 15-6 record, the most wins for Colerain volleyball since 2007. Next up is St. Ursula, the 4th seeded team in the tournament. While the oddsmakers will not be kind to the Cards, there is no doubt the team will prepare well and battle on Saturday. As super fan Paul White declared after the game, “We can shock the world. Why not us?”
Check with girls on the team to get tickets for the game at 1pm Saturday (Lakota West gym). Follow the Cards at @Colerain_VB.