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Volleyball: Oak Glen Wins Fourth State Volleyball Championship

Golden Bears best Ritchie County

November 13, 2011
By JAY W. BENNETT , The Intelligencer-News-Register

CHARLESTON - Ritchie County senior Allison DeLancey produced a match-high 27 kills here Saturday afternoon inside the Charleston Civic Center, but it wasn't quite enough as Oak Glen captured its fourth state championship by besting the Rebels 25-18, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-21 in the Class AA title match.

The Golden Bears of veteran coach Ethel Riser used a balanced hitting attack, led by a team-high 13 downed spikes from Vanessa Hissam, to down the Rebels just a week after Oak Glen had lost in the regional championship match in Ellenboro to Ritchie County (23-8).

Thanks in part to a trio of Hissam kills, the Golden Bears opened up what was a tight 14-12 first set and took a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-five match following an ace from Sydney Kell on set point.

Ritchie County jumped out to a quick 2-0 edge in set two thanks to a pair of Taylor Haddox service tallies, which included an ace, and the set was even at 11 following a Kayla Sheets kill. Later, an Abby Holleron downed spike tied things at 15 and the Rebels took the lead for good on a smashing spike from DeLancey at 23-22. Olivia Haught got a service tally on set point via a Tristin Toman kill, but it was all Oak Glen after that.

The Golden Bears, who also got 10 kills from Lacee Porter, eight from Karly Wiley and seven downed spikes apiece by Raegan Headley and Morgan Poling, jumped ahead 7-1 in the third set and never looked back. Abby Tice had a chance to give Oak Glen set point, but the Rebels managed to fend off a half dozen set points with Haddox at the service line before finally falling 25-20.

Although the Rebels held an early 5-1 cushion in the fourth set, Oak Glen rallied and jumped ahead 10-7 following a service point from Taylor Maxwell. A Jessica Stivason kill kept Oak Glen in front 13-10, but the Rebels eventually took a 16-15 advantage on a DeLancey kill.

However, consecutive kill blocks by Wiley and a Hissam downed spike gave Oak Glen the lead for good at 18-17. Veronica Mueller scored Ritchie County's final point of the year, which made it 23-21, but the Golden Bears put the finishing touch on their title when Porter's kill gave Kaitlyn Smith match point.

Haddox finished with 16 points and three aces while Poling and Maxwell had 10 service tallies apiece.

DeLancey, Toman, Haught, Porter, Tice and Poling were joined on the all-tournament squad by Frankfort's Saydi Whiteman, Herbert Hoover's Hannah King and Independence's Alyssa Hunt.

Philip Barbour picked up the sportsmanship award.

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