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VOLLEYBALL: Jags win sets up big showdown for DRL championship

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On Senior Night for the Woodhaven volleyball team, the team looked to go out on top heading into districts next week, but Allen Park had other plans. In three straight sets, the Jaguars defeated the Warriors, 25-11, 25-20, 25-16 for the sweep in Woodhaven.

“We weren’t looking past Woodhaven, but we felt confident coming into today,” Allen Park Coach Chris Bozman said. “(We) had kind of a disappointing finish at News-Herald, and really had a good practice coming out of there.”

That practice really did some good for the Jaguars team as the only tie in the first set was at one point each. After that, they didn’t look back.

Allen Park went on five separate runs of at least three points, one being as high as six in a row. It was a strong first set for the Jaguars and Woodhaven Head Coach Dennis Yack knew it set the tone for the rest of the match.

“I told my kids after the match, that first game, they took it to us and our morale was shot. We tried to get it back in Games two and three, and it was just too late.” Yack said they made some adjustments on defense, and were able to slow them down, but it was too little too late.

Jaguars outside hitter Alyssa LaFace dominated much of the match for the Jaguars, racking up spikes and blocks all over the floor.

After jumping out to an early 7-2 lead, it seemed like the Warriors were a bit surprised by the fast start from Allen Park. They were able to find some points here and there, even racking up three in a row near the end of the first set, but a strong start from the Jaguars was too much.

The second set was much more manageable for the Warriors. They jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, but the Jaguars clawed their way back, eventually tying the set at nine. From there, the points went back and forth, until LaFace racked up two kills in a row to take a 20-18 lead.

Two more spikes by the Jaguars put them up 24-19 a few points later, and finally one more sealed it, but not before one more Warrior point on a bad serve from Allen Park.

Now leading 2-0, the Jaguars went in for the kill. Woodhaven, despite being down 2-0, wasn’t going to go down easy. The Warriors went up 7-3 early after two aces from senior Hailey Leidel. Three points later, the Warriors were up 8-5 after Jaguar Natalie Schlesinger hit the ball out.

Allen Park quickly regrouped and went on a seven-point run to take the lead, 12-8. The Warriors kept it close, getting within two points, but another five-point run near the end of the match put the Warriors away. Two straight spikes off Warrior players ended the match, and the Jaguars walked away with a 3-0 victory.

On Wednesday evening the Jaguars will face off against Roosevelt, the only team to hand Allen Park a loss this season. Woodhaven will travel to Carlson to wrap up the season.

Last Updated: 10/29/2013 9:31:44 PM EST