The Adams Central Patriots (12-10) came out with two more wins under their belt on senior night defeating two Class B opponents in the Lexington Minutemen and the York Dukes.
“We came out really strong and with it being senior night and we got to play all of our seniors,” said Patriots head coach Libby Lollman. “The seniors have all done such a great job this year putting in the time. Not all of them are starting or playing all of the time but they really embrace their role and they are all one of the reasons we are where we are. They are here to make the program better.”
The Patriots took on the Minutemen (9-15) in the first matchup of the night winning in three sets 25-14, 25-27 and 25-12. The Patriots also defeated the York Dukes (12-10) in the final match of the night in straight sets 26-24, 25-21. The Dukes also beat the Minutemen winning in straight sets 25-18, 25-12.
The Patriots jumped out to a 6-1 to start game one, getting an ace serve right away from junior Elizabeth Anderson. The Minutemen got a block from sophomores Mia Rowe and Liam Haines to cut the lead to four midway through set one. Patriots sophomore Jessica Babcock stopped the Minutemen run with a kill giving them a 10-5 lead. The Patriots outscored the Minutemen 15-9 to win set one 25-14.
The Minutemen got on the score board first with an ace serve from sophomore Liam Haines but the Patriots responded with a kill from junior Caitlyn Scott. Junior Cami Wellensiek and freshman Lauryn Scott teamed up on a block giving the Patriots a 5-2 lead. Both teams battled early on and the Minutemen tied things up at 19 a piece on an ace serve from sophomore Cordelia Harbison.
The next possession gave the Minutemen their first lead of the night only to serve the next point out of bounds to even the score at 20-20. The Minutemen took a 23-21 lead late in the set. Scott stopped the run on a kill to cut the lead to one point. On an error from the Patriots, the Minutemen were one point away from winning set two, but it was Scott again that kept the Patriots alive with back-to-back kills to even things back up at 24.
Wellensiek and Scott got a block to give the Patriots a 25-24 lead. Harbison put down a kill for the Minutemen tying the score once again. The Minutemen would score the final two points of the set on an error from the Patriots and an ace serve from sophomore Brisa Garcia to win set three 27-25.
“We played great that first set but we but we came out pretty dull in the second set,” commented Lollman. “We have to get in the mindset that we have to play a full game and out much better in that third set.”
The Patriots regrouped in set three, getting a kill from Wellensiek to put the Patriots on the board. A block from Wellensiek and Babcock gave the the Patriots a 3-1 lead. A kill from Lauryn Scott extended the Patriots lead at 4-1. Late in the set the Patriots took a 19-9 lead on back to back aces from Caitlyn Scott. The Patriots took set three and the match 25-12.
In the final match of the night the Patriots took on the York Dukes in a tough two set battle.
“York is a really great Class B school and they have played a tough schedule,” Lollman said. “I don’t think their record shows necessarily where they’re at. They have some great hitters and we knew we were going to have to play well against them.”
The Patriots started strong building a quick 3-0 lead behind the front row play of Caitlyn Scott who tallied two kills early on. Adams Central continued its tough play at the net getting a kill and block from senior Allison Bohlke giving them an 11-5 lead. Down 14-17 the Dukes scored five straight points to take their first lead of the set at 19-17.
It was AC’s turn to go on a run, scoring four unanswered points with an ace serve from junior Morgan Burr and a kill from Babcock taking back the lead. It was another four point shift as the Dukes took a 24-22 lead late in the first set. The Patriots got four straight kills from Caitlyn Scott to take the final lead of the set one winning 26-24.
The Dukes took a quick 4-1 lead but it was the Patriots defense that gave them the lead. Adams Central got a block from Bohlke and Lauryn Scott and several key digs from senior libero Kyara Fike.
“Kyara doesn’t get a lot of credit for what she does she’s kind of the rock of the back row and our team” said Lollman. “She just does all of the little stuff. She’s working her butt off out there and talking to our hitters and just being a leader that we need right now.”
The Patriots built an 18-11 lead late in the second set but the Dukes mustered up a 6-1 run to get to cut the lead to two. Bohlke and sophomore Chelsey Wiseman tallied a block for the Patriots, as did Wellensiek and Caitlyn Scott to lead their team to a 25-21 second set victory to win the match.