FINAL FOUR: Eagles make it all the way to the final four in state playoffs, fall to Providence Christian
Published 3:30 am Thursday, October 29, 2015
Since the first day of summer workouts, the Goshen Eagle volleyball team has dreamed of returning to the state playoffs and making it to the Final Four. On Wednesday, they did just that.
“We are extremely proud of this team,” said Eagles assistant coach Alli Warrick. “Our senior leadership was really big for us this year.”
The state championship goal was set by this year’s seniors when they were freshmen.
“It is extremely special,” Warrick said. “Realistically our goal was to win one and make it to the final four. Our dream was to make it to the championship game. To reach that goal for our seniors this year, I feel is the best thing that we could have given them. They have worked really hard since the ninth grade to get to the state playoffs.”
The Eagles won their quarterfinal match up with Falksville in four sets to advance to the Final four and showdown with familiar foe Providence Christian. The Eagles had to battle in all four sets against the Blue Devils but walked away with the win 25-23, 16-25, 25-22 and 25-21.
The win for the Eagles brought their overall record to 38-11 on the season.
Kati Thomas finished with 26 kills, 13 blocks, eight digs and two aces.
Casey Allen had 16 kills, 7 blocks and eight digs.
Lexi Ellisor closed out the quarterfinals with 17 digs, three assists and two aces. Carmen Kelly had 1 kill, three blocks, four digs, 46 assist and three aces. Hannah Calhoun finished with 27 digs and three aces.
After their win over the Blue Devils, The Eagles had a quick turnaround and had to prepare for the No. 1 seed Providence Christian.
The Eagles played a competitive match but ultimately fell to Providence Christian 22-25, 19-25, and 8-25.
Kati Thomas finished with 13 kills, five blocks, and five digs. Casey Allen had seven kills, four blocks, six digs and two aces. Carmen Kelly finished with 21 assist, two blocks and two digs. Lexi Ellisor had 7 digs and one ace. Hannah Calhoun finished with 15 digs.
“We are really proud of this team this year,” Warrick said. “They did some great things. Making it to the final four was amazing.”