Siegel volleyball tops Blackman for 7-AAA title

Siegel celebrates on the bench as they defeat Blackman to win the District 7 volleyball championship against Blackman. ETHAN SCOTT

The District 7-AAA championship volleyball tournament championship match lived up to its billing as Siegel defeated Blackman in four sets (18-25, 25-19, 25-17, 26-24) on Tuesday night.

Siegel will host the Region 4 tournament and will host the District 8 runner-up on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Blackman will play the winner of District 8 at 5:30 p.m. The two winners will advance to the region title game that will be played at 7 p.m. 

"You have to have the postseason mentality that every team has nothing to lose and they will give you their best game," Siegel first-year coach Trish Flower said. "If I prepare my team and do my homework we will be prepared for every match."

Siegel and Blackman treated the crowd at Oakland High School to another battle of rallies, kills, digs, aces and a lot of things in between.

Siegel took an early lead at 4-2 in the opening set but a kill by Blackman's Ashllyn King gave the Stars a 7-3 lead and things got fun from there.

An attempted block by Blackman went out of bounds, giving the Stars a 10-5 lead. Another kill by King cut the lead to two at 11-9 and with the score 13-11 in favor of the Siegel.

The Blaze then scored three straight points, capped by another hammer to the floor from King giving Blackman their first lead at 14-13.

An ace later in the set by Calla Shotwell made the score 16-13 Blackman. Later in the set Blackman had it biggest lead at 19-14 but extended it further to 21-14. The Blaze set one 25-18 to grab a 1-0 lead in the match.

Set number two had even have more fireworks as the crowd seemed to ooh and after every rally and point scored. The second set featured six ties. Blackman took early leads of 4-2, 5-4 and 8-6 before the Stars grabbed their first lead of the set at 11-10 and eventually won 25-19.

Siegel maintained a slim one point edge but the Stars serving stars, of which one was June Padilla, pounded the ball over the net and gave them a four point cushion at 16-12.

The third set was all Siegel Stars as they led from start to finish. They grabbed three three-point leads early in the set and a double hit on the Blaze gave Siegel their last trifecta lead at 8-5.

Siegel extended their lead to as much as eight as Padilla continued her fine serving.

Early in set number four, the Blaze grabbed an early 2-1 lead before Siegel went on a nice run to lead 10-7.

Then subsequent kills by Grace Reidmiller of Siegel and Calla  Shotwell of Blackman made it an 11-8 lead for the Stars.

Blackman cut the lead to as little as 19-17 Flowers used her first timeout of the set.

Siegel nudged out a two-point lead at 22-20 before Blackman evened it up at 23-23. A kill by Jaida Clark of the Stars made it 24-23 and it was championship point for Siegel.

The Stars couldn't close it out as Blackman tied it at 24-24, but another kill by Clark made it 25-24 and it was championship point No. 2 for Siegel.

With Padilla serving, Siegel closed out the match to win another district championship. 

"We just need to make a little tweaks and changes and we will be fine from here," Siegel senior Sophia Bossong said. "It will be great playing in front of our fans to help us out"

"I hope we see them again," Blackman coach Madeline Young added. "I want the teams in our district to do well. We just need to have confidence and the traveling part does not worry me at all."

* Siegel took home the junior varsity title, defeating the Stewarts Creek Red Hawks in straight sets (25-18, 25-19).

All District 7 Volleyball Team

Erikyah Collier, Oakland

Garen Haney, Riverdale

Jasmine Davis, Stewarts Creek

Storm White, Stewarts Creek

Hannah Johnson, Blackman

Sade Korbieh, Blackman

June Padilla, Siegel

Grace Reidmiller, Siegel

Jaida Clark, Siegel

Co-Offensive MVP: Ashilyn King, Blackman; Sophia Bossong, Siegel

Defensive MVP: Makenna Young, Stewarts Creek

Coach of Year: Madeline Young, Blackman

Honorable Mention

Calla Shotwell, Blackman

Laiklyn Boone, Oakland

Ava Trevino, Riverdale

Caroline Chestnutt, Rockvale

Laura Howell, Siegel

Demaiya Williams, Stewarts Creek

All Tournament Team

Jaidyn Bigelow, Blackman

Bailey Hughes, Blackman

Laura Howell, Siegel

Grace Reidmiller, Siegel

Co-MVP's: Sophia Bossong, Siegel; Ashilyn King, Blackman

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