Wayne’s Caitlyn Pruiett dives for a tough dig as fellow junior Raeshel Andrews backs her up. Photo by Jason Selby
BEATS MORAVIA 3-2, WILL NEXT FACE 18-5 SEYMOUR
It was not always easy for the Lady Falcons volleyball team, but in the 1st round of the playoffs last Tuesday night, Wayne finally pulled to .500 on the season. The girls fought off Moravia to move their record to 12-12. In doing so, they reached the 2nd round of the playoffs, a matchup at 18-5 Seymour on Mon., Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
Coming into Tuesday, Wayne had defeated Moravia twice, but the Mohawks clawed out the 1st set 25-20, led by lanky standout senior Payton Rogers, who finished with 20 kills.
In a must-win situation, the Lady Falcons came back to avoid a 2-0 deficit, eaking out a 25-23 set to even the match. Things were looking up when Wayne pulled away 25-14 in the 3rd set, but Moravia kept fighting. The Mohawks pushed it to a 5th set by the narrowest of margins, 25-23.
The Lady Falcons jumped out quickly in the final set. Though Moravia trimmed it to 1, Wayne never trailed again, winning it on a Megan Birkland kill to finish off a 1st round win 15-11, 3 sets to 2.
Seniors Birkland and Demi Austin led the Lady Falcons with 11 kills each. Austin also led the team with 14 digs, and added 3 blocks, 2 assists and 1 ace.
Birkland had 3 digs, 2 blocks and 1 ace on perfect service.
Junior Haylee Fortune led Wayne with 19 assists, 4 blocks and 3 aces. She added 7 kills and 3 digs.
Tori Freeman had 4 kills, 8 digs and 2 blocks. Senior Sarah Norris had 3 kills, 1 assist and 1 dig. Caitlyn Pruiett had 1 kill, 1 assist and 4 digs.
Libero Raeshel Andrews had 9 digs and 2 aces. Senior Katie Gassman had 1 dig and was a perfect 100 percent on serves.
The Lady Falcons face a Seymour team with the best record in the Bluegrass Conference, though Wayne won their first matchup 2-0 at the Lady Falcons home tournament on Oct. 8 in Corydon.
Seymour’s attack is led by Ali Enright, Riley Jewett, Payton Jellison and Acey Jellison, along with seniors Danielle Furlin, Tori Hackathorn, Mallory Sherrard and Demi White.