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October 30, 2012

H.S. Volleyball Playoffs: Game 3 comeback fuels Elkhart sweep

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LUFKIN —

From there, Elkhart capitalized on all the momentum.

Cheatham smashed a kill to put the Lady Elks up 25-24, and Larami McAdams dropped a serve right in between the front and back lines of the Woodville defense to end the game, and the match.

“Our theme is relentlessness, so we said be relentless and keep going,” McAdams said of the team’s attitude after going down 22-15.

The comeback win to seal things was a bit of growth from Elkhart, which had problems in district play both putting matches away and rebounding from rough patches.

That wasn’t the case Tuesday.

“We’ve just been practicing real hard about (putting games away),” Grant said. “In practice, we practice on coming back from situations like that, and it just paid off.”

Elkhart trailed in every game, but every time rebounded nicely.

In Game 1, despite taking a 13-5 lead early, the Lady Elks allowed Woodville to climb back in, and the Lady Eagles eventually tied things up at 21 after an Elkhart lift.

But, the Lady Elks responded, and a kill from Grimsley, and an error from Woodville put Elkhart back up 23-21.

Elkhart got another point when Woodville couldn’t return a ball, and the game was sealed when Woodville didn’t return to the right rotation before the final serve.

In Game 2, Elkhart took an early lead but the game was mostly back-and-forth, with neither team gaining much of an edge.

Woodville took its biggest lead at 16-13, when Grant helped turn the Elkhart attack back around once again.

She and Megan Davis combined for a block to make it 16-14, and two Woodville errors tied things up at 16.

Back-to-back kills from Grimsley and Courtney Cheatham made it 18-16 Elkhart, and that got extended to 19-16 on a Woodville spike into the net.

A little later, Grant made it 20-17 with another kill, and after more back-and-forth, the sophomore middle blocker sealed the win with a block to make it 25-20.

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