The Lebanon Yellowjackets and Central Bulldogs will square off in the Missouri Class 5 District 10 championship at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Glendale High School for the second consecutive season.
In 2020, the Bulldogs bested the ‘Jackets in three sets (24-26, 23-25, 23-25) to capture the district title by a differential point total of six.
“I’m excited to earn another district championship matchup against Central,” head coach Jenny Collins said after the game. “This group didn't like the way the season ended last year, and I know they will lay it all on the line on Tuesday in their second chance opportunity.
“They (Central) are solid defensively and have a powerful front line and will put up a very big block. Again, to be successful, we will have to have all of our front line dialed in and contributing and play clean ball all around. At the end of the day, we have to be fundamentally sound, rely on the things that we do well, be confident and have fun while doing it.”
On Friday night, the No. 2 seeded Yellowjackets defeated No. 3 seed Glendale in four sets (21-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-20).
After dropping the first set, Collins said the defensive effort took a step forward and helped prevail LHS to the win.
“I am so proud of this team and the way they rally together battling to win,” she stated. “We take pride in our scrappy defensive efforts, and Glendale is very similar in that way. We knew from our previous conference matchup in mid-September that we would once again see solid defense from Glendale's backline and that we would have to take advantage of earning free ball opportunities and capitalize on Glendale's balls sent over when they were out of system. Our offense really did a nice job, and we received productivity from all attackers across the front line.
“I want to commend our district bench. They are all-in cheering for their teammates and have been great in practices leading up to district play by bringing the energy and competing in a way during our scrimmage time that forces competitive play.”
As far as player performances go, she mentioned a plethora of players who played well in the game.
“Freshman Addy Rebmann led us in kills with 15, and she has the ability to rise above the level of competition across the net. She is confident in her abilities and wants to be set the ball in close games,” said Collins.
“I thought setter Chloe Shivers stepped up big, earning nine kills on the night just doing a really nice job placing the ball both on the front row and back row and earned our match-winning point on a setter dump. Jocee Pettyjohn (24) Myah Hough (25) led the way defensively, earning 49 digs. They continue to be a huge factor in keeping us in close ball games. Karagan Bean had a nice night, tallying four kill blocks and six kills. Destiny Zimdars and Chava Yevsa also helped by adding a couple of assisted kill blocks of their own, along with seven kills between the two of them. Jaidyn Collins had a nice night, scoring points behind her serve with six aces in the match.”
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