By Mark Schnabel
Senior night for the Newton High School volleyball team was a rousing successs as the Railers claimed two more wins to end the regular season.
Newton stopped Campus 25-20, 25-22 to win the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division II title outright. The Railers then stopped state-ranked Andover 25-22, 25-15. Capus downed
Newton finishes the regular season 36-4, 11-1 in AV-CTL I play.
“Campus had something to play for tonight,” Newton coach Jamie Dibbens said. “They needed to get one more win to improve their seed in sub-state, so they went all out. In the Andover game, we weren’t passing very well. We weren’t getting the ball to our hitters very well. When we did, we got a kill. We were missing serves at bad times — right after a big point. That’s a momentum killer.”
Newton led by as many as two early in the first set, but Campus rallied to take a 9-8 lead and prompt a Railer time out. Newton gave up two more points before rallying to take a 13-12 lead and force a Colt time out. Newton pulled out to a 19-14 lead, but then gave up a 5-1 run to force the final Railer time out of the set. Newton allowed just one point the rest of the way.
The Railers jumped out 6-2 in the second set. After trading points, Campus was able to rally to within one, 20-19. Newton took a time out leading 21-20, but Campus tied the set on the next point. A DesiRay Kernal spike and Campus violation forced the final Colt time out. After one more Campus point, a Taylor Antonowich spike followed by a Kernal spike gave the Railers the AV-CTL I title.
Emily Regier led the Railer attack with seven kills and four downed blocks. Antonowich added nine kills, followed by Kailey Harris with five, Kernal with four and Megan Akers with four. Julia Pierce served the sole ace of the match.
For Campus, Cami Mills and Tannah Tilley each had five kills. Jade Askren had four kills and a downed block. Adriana Gallegos added four kills.
“We had no energy at all,” Regier said. “We were having a lot of errors. We needed to find a way to get through it. In the Andover match, we played a lot better. We haven’t lost on this court for a long time and we have a lot of motivation to keep that going. We wanted to win this match to make the win over Maize mean something more. We were glad to do that.”
Newton trailed Andover 4-1 in the first set, but fought back to take an 11-7 lead. After a Trojan time out, the Railers added another point to the run. Andover fought back to tie 14-14, but gave up two straight points. Tied 19-19, Newton scored two straight points, but struggled with service errors, keeping Andover in the set. Newton was able to keep the lead, winning the set on an Antonowich spike.
Trailing 11-9 in the second set, Newton took a time out and made a 6-0 run. Newton ran its advantage to 18-12 to force the final Andover time out of the set. Andover managed just three more points in the match.
Regier had five kills and five downed blocks for Newton. Antonowich had six kills and two downed blocks. Maggie Remsberg had five kills and a downed block. Carolina Barger had three kills and a downed block.
“I just tried to get the first serve over the net and then serve aggressive from there,” said Newton senior Megan Akers, who had a long serving run in the match. “We have to keep trying to serve aggressive. We just had to get our serves over and eliminate errors.”
For Andover, Isabelle Reynolds had four kills and a downed block. Erin Seabrook and Olivia Hessman each had two kills and three downed blocks. Mallory Loflin had four kills. Kendyl Dotson had three kills.
Andover led the first set against Campus by as many as four, but the Colts came back to take a 20-19 lead after a pair of Askin aces. Andover edged back out to a 23-22 lead and forced the final Colt time out of the set.
Campus trailed by as many as four in the second set, but came back to take a 20-18 lead and hold on from there.
Campus jumped out 9-3 in the deciding set. Andover scored four straight, but the Colts made another run to lead 15-9 and force the final Trojan time out of the match. Andover came back on the court and tied the set 16-16 prompting the final Campus time out. Andover pulled out to a 21-18 lead, but Campus fought back to take a 23-23 lead. After an Andover point, Campus made a 3-0 run for the match.
Gallegos had six kills with three downed blocks. Askin had five kills with four downed blocks. Tilley and Hannah Chrisman each had four kills. Askin served four aces.
For Andover, Reynolds had nine kills with two downed blocks. Hessman added eight kills. Dotson had seven kills and a downed block. Mallory had four kills.
Campus is 17-16, 6-6 in AV-CTL I play. Andover, the AV-CTL II champion, falls to 20-12.
Newton plays in the Class 5A sub-state tournament Saturday at Andover High School. The pairings are expected to be set later today. Newton is likely the top seed in the eight-team pool. Two sub-states will be formed from that pool.
“We need to go out there, play awesome and get to state,” Regier said. “That’s our goal. It was important that we play our best against Andover now to get ready for sub-state and show what we can do.”
“We have to be ready to play our game,” Akers said. “Whoever we play, we have to play our game.”
“We just need to put everything together,” Dibbens said. “This team is capable of playing at a very high level. We need to play with energy. The last couple of matches, we didn’t play with a lot of energy.”
Newton def. Campus 25-20, 25-22
Campus def. Andover 23-25, 25-21, 26-24
Newton def. Andover 25-22, 25-15