SUNBURY — The volleyball season came to an end for the Danville Blue Devils. They ran out of steam at Big Walnut High School on Wednesday evening, dropping their OHSAA Division IV district semifinal to the Madison Christian Eagles, 23-25, 25-22, 18-25, 16-25.
“Our girls fought really hard,” said Danville coach Ann Henry. “We just went in ready to adjust to whatever we needed to. I thought that the girls did a nice job of covering where they needed to be.”
The Blue Devils came out strong at the start, racking up a 7-0 lead in the first set with Melissa Mickley (three aces, six kills, two blocks) serving. Teammate Bri Staats (seven kills, four blocks) landed a pair of kills and Mickley chipped in a pair of aces in Danville’s opening outburst.
The rest of the evening would not be nearly that easy for Danville. The Eagles put together their offensive attack, getting a pair of kills from Morgan Danec and a pair of aces from Leah Conway to tie the first set at 9. Scores by Claire Williams and Emily Culp put the Eagles on top, 14-10. The Devils, however, tied it up at 20 on an ace from Kaelin Clement. A couple of unforced errors gave the Eagles back the lead, but Danville senior Monica Honabarger (three aces, two kills, two blocks) took a set from teammate Monique Adam (four blocks, 15 assists) and tapped it over the net to get the ball back for Danville. Adam followed with an ace to tie it up at 23, but after Madison got possession back, Danec scored on the next volley to give the Eagles the first set.
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