By Rob Kiser
ARCANUM — The preliminaries are over for the Lehman volleyball team.
The Lady Cavaliers cruised into an Arcanum Division IV sectional final with a 25-10, 25-11, 25-14 win over Legacy Christian Thursday night.
The sixth seeded Cavaliers, 14-10, will face fourth seeded Catholic Central at 4:30 p.m. Saturday for the sectional title.
The Lady Irish cruised past Tri-Village in Thursday’s first match and own a victory over Lehman earlier this season.
“Catholic Central played a great match that night and they deserved to win,” Lehman coach Greg Snipes said. “But, that was the first week of the season and our first match coming off Maddy’s (McFarland) torn ACL. We were still trying to find ourselves. We feel like we have improved a lot since that match.”
Alexis Snipes served six straight points in the opening set as Lehman opened an 8-2 lead Thursday.
Camille Odle had a seven-point service run with three aces as Lehman opened a 22-8 lead and finished things off with a kill by Sidney Chapman.
It was more of the same in the second set.
Another six point run with Snipes at the service line made it 8-1.
That included an ace, two kills by Chapman, one by Malorie Hussey and a block by Chapman and Hussey.
Chapman added two aces and a tip and a kill by Ellie Scott made it 15-4 as the Cavaliers cruised from there, finishing it off on a Madison Hussey serve.
“The other night, with it being our first tournament match, I could see some nerves,” Snipes said. “I thought tonight, we played more like we have been playing.”
In third set, Legacy Christian got within 13-9, but Lehman took control from there.
Lauren Larger and Abby Schutt had kills to make it 16-9 on Lauren McFarland’s serve and Lindsey Elsner had an ace to make it 18-10.
Olivia Lucia had an attack to make it 23-14, before Chapman finished it off with two points, including an ace.
“I thought we played pretty well the first two sets,” Snipes said. “There were a few serves we missed, but I thought we hit the ball well. We missed a few balls the third set. It is nice in the tournament to be able to empty the bench and get everybody playing time.”
Chapman had 18 kills and five aces, while Scott and Larger both had four kills.
Odle served five aces, while Snipes and Lauren McFarland both dished out 13 assists.
Madison Hussey led the defense with eight digs as the Lady Cavaliers head into the sectional title match.
“We know we are going to have to play well Saturday,” Snipes said. “Catholic Central is a good team.”
And the preliminaries are over.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.