Rosman had the better record.
Starmount was superior in just about every other aspect of Tuesday’s 1-A Western Regional championship volleyball match.
The visiting Rams traveled more than 200 miles to Transylvania County, but made short work of the Smoky Mountain Conference champion Tigers in three sets, 25-20, 25-21 and 25-14.
Candace Petit served the first point of the 3-0 loss for Rosman (25-2), and it proved to be one of the Tigers’ few leads over Starmount (26-6).
The Mountain Valley Conference champions advance to play either Princeton (27-1) or Raleigh Charter (20-3) Saturday in Raleigh.
Petit finished with 15 assists. Other individual leaders for Rosman were Hannah Reese (11 kills and eight digs), Morgan Sisk (11 kills and seven digs) and Brooke Reese (14 digs).
“I love this team so much, we just came up a little short tonight,” Tigers coach Amanda McCall said.
“There were some things we could have done differently tonight, but I wouldn’t change a thing about this team or this season. This team was like a family.”
Even with a big, raucous crowd on hand to support Rosman, Starmount coach Jon Symons said his players stayed within themselves. Starmount jumped out to a 6-1 advantage in the third and final set.
“I’ve been here before and was I was a little worried about the environment because it is such a tough place to play,” Symons said.
“And their crowd was fired-up, but that’s why you do this. We had a little jitters at times, but to come and win a match like this against a great program like Rosman is huge for us.”
Rosman will lose a big senior class to graduation. That seven-player group is made up of Petit, Sisk, Brooke Reese, Bethany Green, Lauren Mahoney, Jenah McCall and Pamela Kilpatrick.
The Tigers won the 1-A state championship in 2002 and were runners-up in 2009 and 2010. That title from 11 years ago was the first in any team sport for the SMC school.