But even senior Shelby Connors can’t fully explain how they rise up to each challenge.
“We’re all really close and that’s what every team tries to do, we just somehow end up doing it better and I have no idea how,” Connors said.
Down 2-0 in the match, Perry kept it close early in the third set as Avon led 10-8 and then Strange went on a tear, serving 11 of her team-high 23 points to put Avon up 20-8.
“She’s a monster,” Carlson said of Strange. “I hit a hundred and fifty thousand million jump serves this week to do exactly what she can do and I can’t simulate it because she’s that good.”
Beth Prince led the team with 15 kills and Calle Weddle recorded nine while Lindsay Thompson chipped in six.
Rachel Griffin led in assists with 38, playing another “outstanding game” according to McQueen. Brooke Peters and Strange each tallied nine digs.
Avon (34-3) takes on No. 6 Floyd Central (29-8) after the 11 a.m. semi-state game between No. 17 Bishop Chatard (23-13) and No. 10 Columbus East (25-12) to determine who plays in the final at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Seymour.
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