Torie Fournet had 18 kills leading Dutchtown to a 3-1 win over Woodlawn on Thursday night in first round Division I-Class 5A volleyball playoff action.
Fournet’s play helped 16th-seeded Dutchtown (25-18) overcome sluggish play in the second and third games. The Griffins went on to defeat Woodlawn by scores of 25-19, 26-24 and 25-20, losing the second set 24-26.
“I thought we played flat in the second and third games,” Dutchtown coach Patrick Ricks said. “Then we woke up and started controlling the ball better, and we were able to get it to the hitters.”
Dutchtown’s hitters who benefited from improved ballhandling were Fournet, Jodi Hill, Brooke Wells and Taylor Nevils. Hill finished the match with 15 kills while Wells and Nevils each tallied nine.
Woodlawn (31-13) was topped by Tiffany Wilson’s 11 kills, two blocks and seven digs. Briana Smith added nine kills, and Sierrra Shafer had 14 digs.
“I think we played our hearts out,” Woodlawn coach Nelson Malpica said. “A couple of times, we got the lead and went to sleep a little bit. That’s kind of been our thing. Sometimes we relax too much and let the other team come back.”
Dutchtown won the first game 25-19, and moved out to a 15-8 lead in game two. Woodlawn fought back to tie the score 18-18, and led 24-20 after a string of Dutchtown ballhandling and hitting errors.
Dutchtown tied it again 24-24, but Woodlawn put the match away as it closed out a 26-24 win with kills by Lashae Blunt and Wilson.
Woodlawn carried the momentum into the third game, and took a 13-7 lead behind three kills from Smith. A pair of kills by Wilson helped the Panthers maintain their lead at 18-15, but kills from Wells and Hill helped ite the score 18-18.
The teams traded points until a mishandled set by Woodlawn left the score tied 24-24. Dutchtown then closed out the third game for a 2-1 lead with an ace from Nevils, and Fournet’s kill at the net.
“I don’t think I would have been in panic mode if we had lost (the third game),” Ricks said. “This team will never quit, and if we’re meant to win we’ll find a way.”
In game four, Hill, Nevils and Fournet each had kills as Dutchtown took a 7-3 lead. The lead grew to 19-11 behind four kills by Hill, and another three from Fournet. Woodlawn rallied to within 23-18, but surrendered its final two points on serving errors.
“Wells and Fournet played really well tonight,” Ricks said. “This is a team, and different people have to step up at different moments.”
The first game had two lead changes and three ties until Fournet’s kill gave Dutchtown the lead for good at 11-10. Woodlawn came back, and got as close as 20-18 on Blunt’s kill. Dutchtown won the game scoring five of the final six points including Wells’ game-clinching spike.