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Top-Ranked Burris Wins Knightstown Volleyball Regional
October 31, 2007 - For a few moments, it appeared that Shenandoah’s volleyball team might register the biggest upset in school history at Knightstown Saturday.
The Lady Raiders had top-ranked Muncie Burris on the ropes, handing them a stunning 25-22 defeat in the first game of the volleyball regional championship. But the Owls, who have won the last 10 consecutive state championships, suddenly changed from sleeping giants to angry ones. They took full control of the action and won the next two games convincingly by margins of 25-10.
Muncie Burris wrapped up another regional title by winning the last game 25-17, advancing once again to the semistate.
Shenandoah, 29-5 on the season, had the Lady Owls’ number early in the contest, but couldn’t sustain the momentum. Burris outscored them 75-37 the rest of the way, improving their record to 35-3 on the season.
In the match’s deciding game, Burris jumped to a 10-2 lead and never looked back. Dominating inside play by Gerri Black, Mia Tabberson and Allyson Morey proved to be the difference, as that trio combined for 24 kills.
Shenandoah’s Karlee Pierce briefly rallied the Lady Raiders with three kills in the third game, and Tara McSherley had 10 kills. But Burris just had too many weapons.
Cassie Marsh led the Lady Raiders with 11 kills, and Pierce finished with six.
Burris advances to play Fairfield 34-4, in the state semifinals this weekend at Delta. The winner will take on the survivor of the Brownstown Central (31-5) vs. Woodlan (29-8) match.
Shenandoah advanced to the regional championship at Knightstown by defeating Milan in a marathon match. The Lady Raiders picked up a couple of quick game victories 25-19 and 25-15, seemingly in control of the match.
Milan rallied to take game three 25-21, but the Lady Raiders won the fourth game 25-23 to advance to the championship against Burris.
Behind the serving of Marsh and McSherley, the Lady Raiders easily won the first two games. Milan came back to win the third game and led early in the fourth before Shenandoah went on a 13-3 scoring run to turn the match around.
Marsh ended the match with 15 kills and McSherley had 13.
Top-ranked Muncie Burris cruised to a three-game victory over second-ranked Heritage Christian in the semifinals, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22.
Burris was in control from the start and easily cruised in the first game. Heritage Christian took a brief lead in game two before Burris slammed the doors shut with a 12-3 run.
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