FHS quickly stole the momentum away in the second set, opening up a 17-13 lead and never looking back. Freshman middle hitter Julia Gardon capped a late four-point Fenwick run to even the match at a set apiece.
But Set 3 was all Braves as they quickly doubled up on the Falcons 14-7 and continued to build on that lead. Logan Elm capitalized on Fenwick errors throughout the match as the Falcons tallied 44 – including 17 hitting errors and 10 service errors. The Braves had 25 errors in the match.
“That has to be a season high for us,” Conley said of the errors. “The math was not in our favor.”
Down 2-1 in the best-of-five match, the Falcons continued to battle. A kill by junior outside hitter Catherine Richards gave Fenwick a 12-11 lead, but it would be the last lead of the day for the Falcons.
“It was not our night and it was theirs,” Conley said.
It was more than a great day for the Braves. It’s been great season for a Logan Elm team that lost in the first round of the sectional tournament last year.
“It’s a Cinderella story,” first-year coach Kris Kern said. “We’re pretty happy to be here.”
While the Falcons (22-6) will lose eight players to graduation, a pair of freshmen came up big on Saturday as Gardon led all Fenwick hitters with 12 kills and setter Grace Maziar tallied 38 assists and a team-high four aces.
Division II state tournament play is scheduled to start Thursday at the Wright State University Nutter Center.