MONROE — The Lady Starfires of South Adams gave the heavily favored Lady Jets of Adams Central a run for their money at the Hangar, but at the end of the night, AC was left standing with a 3-0 sweep of the Stars with the scores 25-20, 25-13, 25-17.
It looked like South Adams was going to come in and steal the first game when they blasted out of the gate on a 10-3 start causing Lady Jets coach Jeremi Schortgen to call an early timeout.
"We had a slow start. We did not come out ready to battle tonight like we should have," coach Schortgen commented.
After the timeout, the Lady Jets came out swinging. They went on a 14-5 run making the game 17-15 in favor of AC. They would eventually go on to win the game, 25-20, as South Adams ended the game on a serving error.
The first game was a hard one to swallow for South Adams' coach Ashley Buckingham, who commented after the contest, "We fought hard. I'm very proud of the way we came out and tried but we just couldn't finish at times and it cost us."
The second game saw the Jets find their game and the Stars waver a bit as many unforced errors by SA kept them at arms length for much of the game. The Jets' biggest lead of the second game was at the end, 25-13 as they finished on an 8-0 run thanks in large part to the great serving of senior setter Alyssa Keller, who had five aces on the night to go along with 23 assists, nine digs, five kills, and an assisted block.
The final frame was a back and forth contest until the score was 9-9 after a Starfire unforced error returned serve to the Jets. AC put their game into another gear and went on a 10-3 run to deflate the reeling Stars. Despite clawing out four points in a row to make the game 24-17, South Adams eventually lost the game on another miscued serve.
Schortgen talked afterwards about the team's performance, "We are making improvements here and there. We aren't quite there yet. We are still young. We can't let teams make runs of five, six, or seven points every game."
The Lady Jets improve to 9-8 on the season as they look forward to the ACAC tournament next week. The Jets and Stars will look for their key players to shine.
"Chelsie (Eads) played great tonight. She had so many great hits on the ball when we needed it. On the defense, Abby (Snyder) played outstanding on the digs," coach Schortgen praised when asked who she felt played the best for the Jets.
Coach Buckingham was asked the same question and she replied, "Alyssa Bluhm. Definitely. She played well for us tonight when we needed someone to make the big hits."
For the Jets, senior Chelsie Eads and junior Bess Fiechter led the way with seven kills and two digs, and eight kills, four digs and an ace respectively. Snyder led the defense as the libero with 14 digs to go along with two aces and two assists. Senior Alexa Baller had seven digs, freshman Haley Gross had six kills, and sophomore Abbey Lichtle had five kills, two blocks, and seven digs.
Scoring for the Lady Starfires, Alyssa Bluhm had nine kills, six assists, four aces, and five digs while senior Lily Taing clocked 10 assists and a pair of aces.
In the JV contest, Adams Central also came out victorious in straight sets, 25-15, 25-18.
Leading the way for the JV Jets, junior Jen Kahlert had eight kills and a block. Sophomore Jenny Schultz had six kills, six digs and two aces, while fellow sophomore Kaitlin Carroll finished the match with three kills, nine digs, and five aces. Freshman Madi Schwartz had one kill, four digs, three aces, and 17 assists.
The JV scores for SA were not posted.
Adams Central will travel to Heritage to take on the Bluffton Lady Tigers in the first round of the ACAC tournament next Tuesday. There is no JV contest so the match will begin at 6 p.m. Next for the JV Lady Jets is the Heritage Invitational at the Lady Patriots' home on Saturday at 9 a.m.
South Adams will also be playing in the ACAC tournament on Tuesday, October 4th.