Chillicothe Unioto past Washington Court House 25-15, 25-18 and 25-11
Wednesday in a Southeast District Division II semifinal match. “We’ve been playing well for a while, and we’re peaking at the
right time,” Unioto coach Aaron Ridenour said. “Our numbers are all up
in the last few games and our hitters are on.”
CHILLICOTHE – A blend of senior leadership and an aggressive offense led Chillicothe Unioto past Washington Court House 25-15, 25-18 and 25-11 Wednesday in a Southeast District Division II semifinal match.
“We’ve been playing well for a while, and we’re peaking at the right time,” Unioto coach Aaron Ridenour said. “Our numbers are all up in the last few games and our hitters are on.
“… Overall, we had a solid performance from our hitters and we were blocking. Our setters also did a good job.”
Katelyn Jinks paced Unioto (23-2) with 13 kills, Lauren White followed with 12 slams, and setter Jodi Finchum had a balanced game of 30 assists and eight kills.
“I believe they have one of the better setters around,” Washington coach Doug Mace said of Finchum. “She is a good setter, has good hands and places the ball where the hitter needs it.”
Unioto, which has six seniors on its roster and plays with a mixture of four to five on the court at all times, established its offense early against Washington (10-13).
The Lady Shermans scored 12 of the first 16 points of the evening at Chillicothe Southeastern High School, paced by hitting from White and Liz Tuttle (seven kills for the match), to take a 1-0 lead.
Back-to-back aces from Finchum powered Unioto ahead 9-3 in the second game, but the Lady Blue Lions responded with an 8-1 run to take the lead.
Brooke Hayner and Jessica Lewis combined for two blocks during the run for Washingon, while Hayner and Anna Frazier added kill work.
“In the second game, we made a couple of adjustments and the kids actually started to get things happening for them and getting confidence,” Mace said.
Unioto grabbed the lead for good at 18-17 later in the second game and expanded it to three, partly because of a perfect set by Jinchum that Jinks packed away for a kill.
Consecutive slams from White sealed the second game.
Unioto continued the pace in the third game, as the Shermans went on a 9-0 run in the third game, led by eight serves from Tuttle.
“They just pass the ball so well and serve-receive the ball so well that they kept themselves in a system where they could get the ball to their hitters,” Mace said.
Brittany Thomas had eight kills for Washington, Hayner added five kills and Catie Shears gathered five kills and two aces.
Unioto advances to the district title game Saturday to face Circleville.
“Our goal from the beginning was we wanted to get to the district finals, and our goal is to make it to regionals,” Ridenour said. “We’ve told them all year that when you get to regionals anything can happen because you’re two games away from state.”