The Tigers are the No. 1 seed in the Brookville sectional and finished the year 20-2 and ranked No. 2 in the state poll. Versailles is clearly the heavy favorite to advance to the district final. The Tigers did little to change that opinion winning 25-12, 25-16 and 25-16. For coach Jeremy Riley and his team it was nice to finally get on the court.
Versailles took the bye and had the weekend off, something that was much needed according to its coach.
“We took a bye in the first round because it was homecoming and also to give the girls a Saturday off,” Riley said. “Since July we have had only one Saturday off. We knew coming in that Triad would have one game here at Brookville and their nerves would be settled.”
The Tigers now turn their attention to Tri-County North and what they hope is another sectional championship. A win over the Panthers would give them their seventh consecutive sectional title.
In the contest Tuesday it was clear that Triad had no real answer for the hitting trio of Megan Campbell, Emily Bohman and Justine Raterman. They connected for a total of 42 kills, including 16 in the first game alone. Dominating the net has not been a problem for the Tigers this season and if they hope to win their first state championship it will need to continue.
Versailles wasted little time in getting the advantage in the first game, but it was junior Shelby Shimp who gave them command of the game. Shimp served her team to a 9-4 advantage and they never looked back. On the night, Shimp had a total of nine points and 20 serve receptions.
From there the Tigers rolled as the advantage just kept growing until they finally reached 25, taking game one 25-12 on sophomore Megan Campbell’s kill.
“It was a concern about would the sophomores be nervous, but they did a great job just like all the other girls,” Riley said. “We had a high level of intensity and I am really happy.”
Looking to take control of the match by winning the second game, Versailles was able to do just that. After taking a 3-2 lead, Raterman took the serve and made it a 6-2 game. Campbell made it 18-8 and Versailles was on its way to an easy win.
Triad did not go away easy and forced the Tigers to work a bit. Morgan Ryan served up four service points, making it 19-12. The problem was the deficit had grown so large, that any dreams of a comeback were nearly non-existent.
Versailles shoved back and took a 24-16 advantage off the serve of Bohman. The Tigers won the game 25-16 and were now up 2-0 in the match.
Looking to make quick work of Triad, the Tigers came out focused in the third game. The goal was to accomplish the sweep and move to Saturday’s Sectional Final. The Tigers managed to do both.
Unlike the previous two games, the Tigers jumped right out to a big lead. Shelby Bey took the opening the serve and promptly dropped five points on Triad, making it 5-1 Versailles.
Down 5-1 in the game and 0-2 in the match Triad continued to battle, but the dominating forces behind the Versailles net play was simply too much. Raterman and Bohman, who have been playing varsity volleyball since freshman wanted nothing to do with an extended match.
The duo continued firing down kills, tallying four each in the final game, moving things forward. After going up 8-4, it was now just a matter of time before the Tigers eliminated Triad. As they crept closer, Riley turned to his bench, getting a total of 13 players on the floor.
The reserve players finished out the night winning the third game 25-16 and the match 3-0.