INDIANAPOLIS — The 16-team Class 4A volleyball field was whittled down to eight squads following Tuesday night’s regional action across the state.
No. 2-ranked Avon made the cut for the third consecutive year with a 25-16, 27-25, and 25-11 win over No. 11-ranked Perry Meridian (24-9).
It’s the fourth step in Avon’s journey back to the state finals where the Orioles took home the Class 4A title a season ago.
“Defensively we played great, and we serve/received outstanding,” Avon coach Scott McQueen said. “I thought our girls played well, because I don’t think Perry played poorly.”
Avon’s multi-faceted offense was just too much for Perry to overcome, though the Falcons had opportunities.
“I’ll give them credit and that’s as hard as I’ve seen (Avon) play this year,” Perry Meridian coach Pat Carlson said.
The two teams battled back and forth and went through 11 ties before the first set was knotted at 14 all. Behind Rebekah Strange’s serve, the Orioles went on a mini 4-0 run but that’s all the separation Avon needed as it scored the next 7 of 9 points en route to a first set victory.
Perry and Avon battled hard in the second set and the teams were knotted up 19 different instances. Up 25-24, Perry had a chance to even the match, but Avon’s experience and skill resulted in three straight points for the win and a 2-0 advantage. Strange recorded ace’s on Avon’s last two serves.
“We had a chance and had a game point and when you don’t seize an opportunity when it’s time, then (Avon’s) too good,” Carlson said.
Avon’s confidence and patience in tough situations and the experience the team draws from has a lot to do with several deep postseason runs over the past few years.