DELAWARE — It will go down as a sweep in the record books.
But, for the Utica Redskins, it felt like a five-set marathon.
The Redskins made the plays when they needed them in Thursday’s Division III district semifinal at Buckeye Valley High School, gaining a 25-22, 25-23, 26-24 victory over Bishop Ready.
“We saw the things we’d been working on,” Utica head coach Laurie Londot said. “But, even though we went three (sets), they were long, and the girls are tired.”
Forget the fact that Bishop Ready is below .500. Never mind that the Knights didn’t win a single conference volleyball match.
They’re tough. And they took top-seeded Utica to the limit.
Emily Londot led Utica with 22 kills, putting her over the 600-kill mark for the season at 603. She also had five blocks, putting her three shy of 100 for the year.
Londot and Avery Ellis combined for 31 digs Thursday. The back row played a huge role in the victory, as a Utica defender seemed to be under every kill attempt by Bishop Ready.