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South corrals Lady Mustangs for SAC title

South corrals Lady Mustangs for SAC title
South corrals Lady Mustangs for SAC title
Members of South Central's volleyball team celebrated near midcourt after defeating New Washington last Thursday for the Southern Athletic Conference title. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

In the final game of the 2003 season, New Washington upended South Central to win the Southern Athletic Conference title outright.
On Thursday night, which was ‘Senior Night’ in Elizabeth, it was the Lady Rebels’ turn to bask in the glory of league supremacy.
With the exception of an error-filled third game, South Central controlled the match against the visiting Lady Mustangs. The hosts wound up winning in four sets, 25-9, 25-21, 21-25, 25-13.
In scoring the season-ending victory, South captured its first league championship since 1999 and closed the regular season with a winning record (14-13).
For her coaching efforts, South Central head coach Kara Boman received a celebratory ice bath courtesy of her players.
‘We have a lot of girls who work hard and work well together,’ Boman said while wringing out her wet clothes. ‘We’ve had some tough losses but they never gave up.’
Boman said her club came into the fall campaign with high expectations on the season. One of those expectations was a conference championship.
‘We played tough and with a lot of competitiveness all year. The girls seem to work well under pressure, so I wasn’t overly worried coming in,’ South’s coach mused.
The Lady Rebels, who open sectional play Saturday morning at 11 a.m. against last night’s winner between Christian Academy and Restoration Christian, stormed out to a 10-3 lead in the opener against New Washington.
Kills by Jenny Babcock, Valerie Burnette and Angie Johns set the tone early for host South Central during the burst.
A couple of nice back row saves by Lady Rebel sophomore Kaela Orwick and senior Kim Beanblossom kept the hosts out front until the end, 25-9.
The two clubs slugged it out for most of the second match, with New Washington’s Brittany Davis sparking her team with a slew of nice serves.
The Lady Mustangs pulled to within one, 21-20, however the Lady Rebels dashed away in the end, 25-21.
New Washington started game three with a 3-0 lead before a couple of hitting errors by the visitors and an ace by South’s Megan Zumar knotted the match at 3-all.
From there it was a roller coaster ride with both clubs staking claim to the momentum of the game.
After the score was tied at 12-all, New Washington surged ahead, 17-15, to bring on a timeout from South Central.
Kills by Johns and senior Lori Ferree spurred the Lady Rebels back to within a point, 21-20.
New Washington kept up the pressure and, despite a floor-denter by Ferree after a lengthy rally, went on to post the 25-21 victory.
Babcock had two aces to open up the fourth frame and South Central never looked back after that.
‘We were up 2-1 on games and I told (my team) there was no reason to be down on yourselves. We played well and just had a few misses here and there,’ Boman said. ‘We came out in the last game and played like we had in the first two. It just came down to who wanted it more.’
Boman admitted having the bye for this week’s sectional was a positive. That’s in addition to hosting the tournament.
‘It’ll give us a week to rest and practice and see what the other teams have,’ she said. ‘Every team obviously wants the bye.’