Western overpowers Walbrook, gains final Volleyball

November 10, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

The power of Western helped turn out the lights on Walbrook.

Western's Chanel Wright, Renee Smith and Danielle Davis dominated play at the net to help the top-seeded Doves sweep visiting and fourth-seeded Walbrook, 15-9, 15-7, 15-8, in a Class 4A North regional semifinal last night.

City-Wide champion Western, which has won 15 straight matches, will play host to the region final tomorrow night at 7 against Perry Hall, a victor over Edmondson. Walbrook finished at 10-4.

The power of Wright (5 feet 11), Smith (5-11) and Davis (6-2) was too much for Walbrook. The Warriors played well defensively, often keeping the ball in play, but Western wore them down.

"We've been a strong hitting team," said Western coach Shirley Williams. "I think our hitting was really [good], but we were a little flat."

The Doves appeared a bit flat at times, but Wright often lifted them. The junior finished with 12 kills. She also served effectively, scoring 13 points -- eight on aces.

Wright posted six of the aces in the final game. Her serving sparked Western then, as it fought off a stubborn Walbrook team. Wright served for nine Western points in game three.

"I served well tonight," Wright said. "I knew that we had to hit the ball hard. They're a good defensive team."

Smith and Davis came up with several kills and made life difficult for Walbrook with its net play.

Senior setter Kim Osborne kept feeding the trio at the net, even early in the match, when Western struggled.

"[The difference] was definitely the power," Osborne said. "We knew we had to get the hitters fired up and started."

Western, which got good matches from starters Ayanna Jenkins and Tesha Tinsley, trailed 5-1 in the opening game, but Williams called a timeout and got her squad focused.

Walbrook moved its lead to 8-4, but the Doves recovered. Behind the serving of Osborne and Davis, the Doves reeled off nine straight points to take control.

Western used another streak to take Game 2. The Doves scored seven of eight for a 10-3 lead. In the final game, Western scored six in a row and eight of the final nine.

After trailing for much of the first game, Western led for most of the rest of the match. Walbrook took a brief lead early in game three and tied the score midway through it, but Western came back to win.

The Warriors wound up making dig after dig as Western kept firing away.

The Warriors never ran off a long streak.

Jonnelle Lindsay and Christie Mizell both served well for Walbrook and helped keep it in the match.

"I still have a fairly young team," Walbrook coach Harrietta Wallace said. "I think they did very well. I'm very proud."

Wallace said all six of her starters will return next year, so she's hoping to make another trip to the playoffs.

In the end, however, she said Western was just too much:

"The sophistication of their players . . .They're just outstanding."

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