CYNTHIANA, Ky. – It’s already been a week of milestones and awards for the Scott volleyball program.
The Eagles collected the awards they wanted most Thursday night as they defeated Bishop Brossart 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-10) in the 10th Region championship match at Harrison County High School. Scott punched a ticket to the state tournament for the second straight year, where they will begin Friday, Nov. 6 at Louisville Valley High School.
“It’s exciting,” said senior hitter Jessica Tapp. “We had a goal in mind and we did what we needed to do.”
Tuesday night, Oct. 27, Eagles head coach Andrea Sullivan collected her 300th career win in a 10th Region quarterfinal victory over Montgomery County. Before the semifinal match the next day, parents gave her gifts including a large cookie with the 300 number on it.
The Eagles provided Sullivan with win No. 301 Wednesday night, propelling them into Thursday’s regional final against rival Bishop Brossart. Earlier in the day, Tapp was named 10th Region player of the year by the state coaches association.
Scott will enter the state tourney with a 37-3 record,
“This one feels better than the last one,” Sullivan said. “It’s hard to win back to back anything. We have such a great team, a really great group of girls and parents. It’s a great program to be a part of. It was special to get my 300thbut that’s done and over with and it’s time to move forward.”
The Eagles had swept the Mustangs 3-0 twice previously, with Brossart winning an average of 13 points in those six sets.
The Eagles started out quickly in the first set Thursday, going up 7-2. Brossart cut the deficit to 11-9 before the Eagles pulled away and won 25-12. Jessica Tapp served for the final seven points of the set and had eight kills overall in the set, 16 in the match.
“I felt like I had to get our team through that first set and get that momentum to the rest of the game,” Tapp said.
She finished the set after sophomore sister Jordan Tapp helped the Eagles build a lead with not only her sets but with a few blocks and kills when she was aligned in the front row during the middle of the set.
“I’m really happy and excited to go back to state,” Jordan Tapp said. “It takes a little bit for us to get warmed up but once we get on it we’re on it.”
The teams were tied at 6-6 in the second set before the Eagles took control. And then in set three, Scott took a quick 10-3 advantage before the Mustangs called time out. Scott kept rolling and finished it out.
Jessica Tapp was named to the all-tourney team for Scott. Sophomore Kelly Franxman had double digits in kills and was an all-tourney pick as well, and senior Holly Kallmeyer was the third honoree.
“We always have to control the serve-receive and as the game progressed we did a better job of that,” Sullivan said. “If we can control the serve-receive and make sure our passes are on, we have a lot of talent hitting-wise and if we can control our passing and get the ball to our setter, we have a really successful offense.”
Brossart finished 19-17 with the season highlight being a five-set win over rival Campbell County in the 37th District semis to advance to the regional, avenging an earlier 3-1 loss in the regular season. Seniors are Erin Greis, Lindsay Leick, Katie Reis, Cassie Rinehard, Nicole Ritter and Emma Verst. Leick and Maddie Flaugher were all-tourney picks.
“We tried to stop their best player and she’s really good,” said assistant coach Marcelo Volpe, who ran the team with head coach Pennie Wiseman on maternity leave. “Scott is a really good team. We wanted to play at the same level with them, but it’s really hard. We had a good season. I believe in the girls, I believe in them so much. They did a really good job.”