A cycle of emotions for the Caldwell County Lady Tigers during the second day of the All A Classic volleyball tournament in Richmond. They began the morning knowing they essentially had to sweep Bishop Brossart to have a shot to make the championship bracket.
After sweeping Brossart, the Lady Tigers watched the intense ending of a match between Christian Fellowship and Pikeville. A Pikeville win, and the Lady Tigers would be relegated to the consolation bracket of the tournament. However, Christian Fellowship picked up the win, and with the tiebreaker coming down to sets won between Caldwell County, Pikeville, and Bishop Brossart in their matches against each other, it was off to the championship bracket for the Lady Tigers, with a shot at the All A State title.
In their quarterfinal round match, the Lady Tigers were paired up against the 3rd Region champs Owensboro Catholic. Early on in the opening set, it was a tight battled. After four straight kills from Olivia Mitchell, Caldwell County was up 5-4. The Lady Aces fought back to take the lead at 6-5. With Catholic leading 17-13, the Lady Aces scored the next seven points to go up 24-13. They would hold on to take the opening set 25-14.
In the second set, it was Caldwell County’s turn to control the set with a big run. With Owensboro Catholic leading 6-5, the Lady Tigers scored eight straight to go up 13-6. The Lady Aces could get no closer than 5 for the rest of the set, as Caldwell County picked up the win 25-16 to even the match at 1-1.
Owensboro Catholic scored the first four points of the deciding set, placing the Lady Tigers in an uphill climb for the remainder of the match. Caldwell County would close to within three points on ten occasions in the final set, but could get no closer, as the Lady Aces closed out the set and the match with a 25-21 win, and ended the Lady Tigers weekend at EKU.
Playing with an injury to her rib area, Olivia Mitchell still had a monster match with 17 kills. Abby Griggs, who had a big tournament, added seven. Savanna Tays finished with 23 assists. Adi Sullenger chipped in with three aces.
Earlier Saturday morning, with their backs firmly to the wall, the Lady Tigers responded by sweeping Bishop Brossart 25-20 and 25-16.
Brossart was in front 13-12 in the opening set when Caldwell County went on a 9-2 run to take the lead at 21-15. Caldwell County was then able to hold Brossart at bay for the remainder of the set.
The second set was among the best of the tournament for the Lady Tigers. Trailing 10-8, Caldwell County roared loudly during a 12-0 run, taking a 20-10 lead. The Lady Tigers then rolled on to claim a 25-16 win to close out the match, and seal their spot in the championship bracket.
Olivia Mitchell led the way with 11 kills, while Abby Griggs added nine more. Riley Thomas ripped off 8 aces, several of them in the deciding run. Savanna Tays had 14 assists.