Area playoff: Petrolia vs. Munday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Vernon H.S.
By Matt KeltonPioneer Sentinel
Petrolia held off a Perrin-Whitt rally in a pivotal game three Tuesday night in Windthorst to defeat the District 8-A team in four games, and claim the bidistrict title.
The win was especially important for Petrolia because Perrin-Whitt had defeated the Lady Pirates early in the season. After the loss, Petrolia Head Coach Kim Lane went back to the drawing board, changing up her rotation.
Despite a few mistakes made in the match, the shuffle worked.
“Perrin-Whitt always shows up to play,” said Lane. “We made tons of errors… It was a little bit of a struggle tonight.”
Petrolia and Perrin-Whitt entered game three even with one win each, but it looked like the Lady Pirates would dominate the rest of the match.
Petrolia jumped out to 12-3 lead on aggressive offensive play – and a number of miscues by the Perrin-Whitt squad. Petrolia moved to within four points of the win while holding an 11-point lead, 21-10, when Perrin-Whitt came alive to silence the Lady Pirate hitters.
Perrin-Whitt put together runs of three, four and six points to tie the game at 23-all. Petrolia’s Allie Ablia and Kelsey Hutton of Perrin-Whitt traded out kills at two each to give Petrolia a one-point lead before a Perrin-Whitt sealed the win, 26-24.
Perrin-Whitt defeated Petrolia in game one in a similar situation. The two teams matched each other almost point-for-point until Petrolia went on a four-point run to take the lead, 23-19. But the Lady Pirates could not hold on, as Perrin-Whitt caught up, and passed Petrolia.
Petrolia outpaced Perrin-Whitt in game two for a 25-17 win in game two. Ablia closed the game with one of her 19 kills for the night.
Petrolia went on to dominate game four with a 25-18 finish, though the game was close early on. Petrolia took a 9-3 lead until a five-point run put Perrin-Whitt within one of a tie game, 9-8. Petrolia followed by stringing together seven points, stealing away the momentum and taking the trophy.
Ablia and Kaytlynn Flowers combined for 34 kills in the match. Flowers finished the night with 15 kills, and was a standout on defense with 41 digs and one solo block. Ablia also had a solo block. Alyssa Wesley finished with six kills and Madison Oliver put up 18 assists.
Petrolia will face District 6-A champion Munday in the area round. The match is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Vernon High School. Game time has not been set.