MONROEVILLE — Adams Central survived a pair of comeback rallies from Heritage Tuesday night and moved on to Thursday night's semi-final round of the ACAC volleyball tournament with a 25-22, 25-18 victory over the Patriots.
All eight conference teams were in action Tuesday at Heritage with ACAC leader Woodlan whipping Southern Wells 25-14, 25-3, Leo downed South Adams 25-15, 25-18, and Garrett handed Bluffton a 25-18, 24-26, 26-24 decision in the closest match of the night.
The semi-final round Thursday will feature Adams Central battling Woodlan at 6 p.m. in the high school gym while Leo and Garrett go at it in the junior high gym at the same time. The championship match will follow the semi-final round at approximately 7:15 p.m.
Adams Central jumped out to 8-2 leads in both games before Heritage coach Steve Walter called time out to regroup the Pats. In both cases, Heritage rallied to tie the score of the match but was never able to capture a lead over the Jets.
The Jets had a strong defensive performance against the hard hitting Patriots limiting the Heritage team to just 17 kills on 58 tries. Both Alyssa Keller and Hali Wendel scooped up eight digs on the night and contributed in others ways as well with Keller handing out 19 assists to go with two kills and an ace while Wendel slammed 14 kills and had one assist and one assisted block.
Bess Fiechter and Abby Snyder also sparked the AC play with Fiechter gaining four kills, six digs and a pair of aces while Snyder had four kills, digs and assists, along with an assisted block. Other Jet stats found Sarah Soldner with five digs, two aces, and a kill, Chelsie Eads with two kill, Jenae Blackburn with three digs, two aces, and an assist, and Alexa Baller with one dig.
For Heritage, both Abby Saalfrank and Erica Frank totaled five kills while Alisha Gerardot had four. Saalfrank, Gerardot and Lexi MacDowell all had two aces, Saalfrank added eight assists and four digs, Megan Unsicker had six digs, Gerardot had two digs, MacDowell had two kills, and Alex Davision had nine assists and two digs.
In the Garrett-Bluffton match, Kirston Warfield scored 12 points, had three aces, and 28 digs to lead the Railroaders to victory. Four other Garrett players were in double figures for digs with Laura Moynahan getting 18, Jessica LaTurner 15, Katie DePew 13, and Natasha Obenauer 4. DePew added 33 assists for the Railroaders while Jordyn Knott and Megan Getts led the hitting game with 18 and 13 kills respectively.
Statistics for Bluffton were not available.
Amy Potter drilled in nine kills for Woodlan in the the Warriors' win over Southern Wells. Woodlan completely dominated game two using only three servers in the game to score 25 points against Southern Wells.