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Lady Warriors fall to Dover in semi-final

By Bob Evans
Sports Editor

Carrollton High School volleyball Ali Poole
Sophomore Ali Poole make a return during the Warriors semi-final match against Dover last Thursday night in Zanesville.

The Dover Lady Tornadoes proved to be just too much for Carrollton’s Lady Warriors.

The Tornadoes downed the Warriors in three quick sets 25-16, 25-13, 25-6 in the lower bracket semi-final round of the Zanesville Division II Regional volleyball tournament last Thursday night.

“This was a disappointing loss,” said head coach Amanda Tressa. “But, the girls have accomplished a lot this season. This was the first time in 10 years that we were NBC (Northeastern Buckeye Conference) champions and district champions. I am very proud of these girls for what they have done.”

Carrollton ends an excellent season with an overall record of 22-4 and champions of the Northeastern Buckeye Conference.

Dover went on to defeat Bishop Hartley in four sets in the regional final last Saturday afternoon at Zanesville to advance to this weekend’s State tournament in Dayton at Wright State University.

The Warriors only led once in the match, a brief 2-1 advantage in the opening set.

Dover quickly retained the lead and never trailed after that.

Kady Davis recorded 14 digs and Ali Poole 11 kills for the Warriors, while Kelsey Voll ended with 21 assists and Becca Grunder a solo block and an assist.

The Tornadoes, who are ranked at No. 4 in the State, improved to 26-0 for the year.

Megan Lawless led Dover with 20 kills, seven points and 19 digs, while Moriah Manaco added 17 kills. Taylor Matthews added 41 assists, four kills and five digs.

The Warriors only lose two seniors from this year’s team, so next season looks very bright.

“They (Addie Davis and Becca Grunder) gave us great leadership and set a high standard for next year’s seniors to follow,” noted Tressa.

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