LUFKIN — In volleyball, the word sweep is usually associated with a win that comes with relative ease.
That wasn’t the case here Tuesday, but the Elkhart volleyball team will take it anyway.
The Lady Elks swept Woodville, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 26-24), moving on to the area round of the playoffs for the first-time under coach Katie Lankford.
“I reminded them of all the hard summer work, all the two-a-days, all the lifting (and) all the running,” Lankford said after the match. “They found it deep within to come back.
“For them to do this, in a playoff game and for us to be this young, it’s awesome.”
Elkhart will take on former district-rival Sabine, the champion of District 18-2A, in the area round at 7 p.m. Thursday in Whitehouse.
The sweep almost didn’t happen, with Woodville taking what appeared to be a commanding 22-15 lead on the Lady Elks in the third game, trailing 2-0.
Then, the Elkhart attack turned it on.
Kills from Robin Grant and Ryan Grimsley cut the deficit to 22-17, followed by a Woodville error and another Grant kill to make it 22-19.
Woodville got a point back on a weird call, when Elkhart server Megan Davis appeared to be called for taking too much time serving.
Elkhart answered right back, with a Grimsley kill hitting the sideline for a point, followed by a spike from Tiffany Rosas that Woodville couldn’t get returned to make it 23-21.
A Catie Bridges serve also caused havoc for Woodville passers and fell in, making it 23-22, but her next serve went wide to put the Lady Eagles on the brink of a Game 3 win at 24-22.
But, Grant came up with a block to make it 24-23, and a bad Woodville pass that fell to the floor tied the game up at 24, the first time it had been tied since it was 6-6.