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MONROE—Adams Central and Southwood are destined to intertwine twice in this fall's high school playoffs.
The Jets' football squad prepares for Friday's sectional semi-final on the grid-iron and after winning last night's regional volleyball championship, the Lady Jets will battle the #8-ranked Lady Knights at Bremen High School on Saturday in the first round of semi-state.
Three days after dusting aside Bishop Luers and Bluffton for the sectional title, Adams Central took care of business once again in three sets over the Westview Warriors 26-24, 25-13, 25-20. The Lady Jets have yet to drop a set since the post-season began.
The Warriors quietly hung around in the first game against the Jets which turned out to be the most entertaining of the night amongst a packed house at the Hangar.
After AC took a 3-1 lead taking the first two points of the match, Westview tied the contest at 5-5. The Lady Jets would then take five of the next six points to jump to a 10-6 edge where the lead would stay steady for most of the set. The Warriors would pull within two at 19-17 but the Jets would get two points after to pull back up by four at 21-17. Senior Bess Fiechter had several key points during the first set when the Jets needed an answer.
Westview junior Rachel Johns stepped to the serve line after a Jet error and gave AC something to think about on the serve return. The Lady Jets gave up the next five points to the Warriors including an ace that fell between two players in the back row. After tying the game with the next point to end the run, Westview earned a big point off of a fluke play.
Sophomore Haley Gross blocked a kill attempt that seemed to be headed straight down for an AC point. As the players turned their back on the play for a moment anticipating a point, a Warriors player got just enough of a fingertip under the ball to keep it alive. As the ball returned to the Jet's side there was no one close enough to keep the play alive giving the Warriors an emotional lift and a 23-22 advantage.
Gross would get her revenge, however two plays later lacing a kill to the middle of the court tying the match back up at 24-24. Fellow sophomore Whitney Peterson would take care of the rest on the next two points including a nice set from Madi Schwartz for a laser beam down the line and then the exclamation point on a wayward tip from Westview that Peterson would tap to a vacant spot on the other side for the emotional AC set win.