The Jonathan Alder volleyball team is closing in on a Central Buckeye Conference championship and a high seed in the upcoming Division II Central District tournament.
In the last week the Lady Pioneers took down its biggest obstacle on the road to a CBC crown in Kenton Ridge Thursday and then followed it up with a victory over a tough Hilliard Bradley team Saturday.
In the big league tilt, Alder (13-4, 9-0) fought its way to a grueling five-set triumph over the second-place Cougars (14-3, 7-2), 21-25, 25-19, 27-25, 14-25, 17-15.
“Hunter Kaltenbach played a great defensive game and had a some crucial serves when we needed it,” Alder coach Kim Hayes said. “She had 13 serves, zero errors and an ace. She also had nine digs.
“Sara Dickey played hard on defense as usual, all over the court.”
Dickey led the team with 21 digs.
It was clearly a close match where adjustments and in-game decisions were crucial.
“Our hitters had to adjust to their blocking, which was really good,” the coach said.
Corrine Parker led the Pioneers with 12 kills.
In the win over Bradley, Alder dropped the first set before roaring back to win the next three 21-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-16.
“After a rough first set they pulled together as a team,” Hayes said. “The hitting was very balanced.”
Parker and Kortney Reynolds had nine kills apiece. Ava Francis had eight, while Ally Graves and Kayleigh Hall had seven each.
“The blocking made the difference in the game,” the coach said. “Kassie Blank and Kortney Reynolds dominated blocking. They played mentally tough.”