Multiple Teams · Volleyball: Lady Dragons Fall Short of Reaching State Finals

COLUMBUS — The story ended in a manner not befitting the overall script.

Silver Creek started strong but couldn’t stop a tidal wave of momentum Saturday in a 21-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-20 loss to Brebeuf in the Class 3A semistate at Columbus East.

The Braves earned a spot in Saturday’s Class 3A state at Ball State with the win, stopping Silver Creek’s season at 34-5.

“We just weren’t ourselves,” Silver Creek coach Jeff Zimmerman said. “Looked like the first time all year we got a little rattled and made mistakes we just haven’t made.”

Early, that didn’t appear it would be the outcome as Silver Creek stormed out in the first set by scoring the first four points and led by as many as seven at 18-11 before closing out the opening set.

Even in the win, it was a late set surge by Brebeuf, which scored six of the final 10 points in the set. that concerned Zimmerman.

“They made a little move there at the end of the first game and you see them confidence from it,” he said. “Once they got that little bit of momentum, they kind of took over from there.”

In the second, the Braves started with three of the first four points, led 12-6 to force a Creek timeout and pushed that edge to 20-10 before forcing another Dragon timeout.  Despite four straight by Creek to make it 20-14, Brebeuf pulled even by scoring five of the final eight points in the set.

The score was 11-8 in the third before Brebeuf went on an 8-1 spurt to go ahead 19-9 and eventually close it out with six of the final 10 points overall.

In the fourth, Creek scored four in a row — capped by an Amy Mobley kill — to go ahead 10-9.

That momentum quickly went back to the Braves, who jumped ahead 18-14 and 21-17 en route to closing things out.

“Our attack just wasn’t consistently strong enough,” Zimmerman said. “We made more errors probably than we had all year here and got served 16 aces, which is more than we’ve given up in any match all year.”

Still, Zimmerman said he’ll fondly look back on the team that won the Mid-Southern Conference title and advanced to Final Four for just the second time in school history.

“We said don’t walk out of this locker room with tears in your eyes,” Zimmerman recalled. “In all the years we’ve been playing volleyball here, this is just the second team that’s gone to a Final Four. I told them there’s only about 30 people who have ever done what this team has accomplished and I hope they understand that.”

The loss wrapped up the career of three seniors for Creek — Mobley, Ashlee Ullrich and Kenzie Summers, who missed the match with an injury.

Mobley tallied 14 kills in her final match to lead Silver Creek.

“She went out like a champ,” Zimmerman said. “She played like a beast. Ashlee Ullrich is a warrior and has been for us all year. These are some of my favorite players I’ve ever coached.”

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