CORYDON — Silver Creek put its foot on the gas on the road to the Final Four in sweeping Heritage Hills 25-21, 25-12, 25-17 in Saturday’s Class 3A Corydon Central Regional final.
The Dragons scored nine of the final 15 points in the opening set, had a dominant stretch of points in the second and scored three of the first six points in the third game on aces as they breezed to the title. In doing so, they displaying a performance coach Jeff Zimmerman called among its best of the season.
“I don’t know what else you can say other than we played great,” he said. “Really from the start we had it going. Serving, attacking, passing, defense. This is one of those games where to play well you need almost everyone to contribute and we got it from everybody out there who played.”
Silver Creek (34-4) will battle Brebeuf (28-9) in the semistate at either Columbus East or Jasper on Saturday with the winner making the trek to Muncie for a shot at the 3A state championship. The Dragons beat the Braves 25-18, 24-26, 26-24, 33-31 in the championship of the Brebeuf Invitational the Saturday before the postseason began.
After watching Creek jump to a 15-10 advantage in the first set Staurday, the Patriots went on a 5-1 spurt to pull within 16-15, but the Dragons finished it off by capping the set on a thunderous kill by junior Kiersten Cooper to grab the early advantage.
In the second, Creek held a 9-7 edge before reeling off 13 consecutive points for a 22-7 lead.
The third started with back-to-back aces from Zoie Zimmerman and Silver Creek scored six of the first seven points and never trailed as it finished off its first regional title since 2014.
“When you get this far, you just hope that you play well,” Jeff Zimmerman said. “That’s all you can ask from your team. Play well and see how the match goes. We’re fortunate we played a great match at the best time of year.”
Ashlee Ullrich had 19 kills and 12 digs in the final for Creek, while Zoie Zimmerman and Karli Ware led the team with 14 digs apiece. Cooper added nine kills and two blocks and setter Macie Garrison finished with 35 assists in the win.
Earlier on Saturday, the Dragons beat Madison 25-21, 25-15, 21-25, 25-15. It was Silver Creek’s second win over the Cubs this season.
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