By Rob Kiser
TIPP CITY — For the most part, Lehman volleyball coach Greg Snipes liked what he saw as the Lady Cavaliers made quick work of Mississinawa Valley 25-9, 25-11, 25-14 Tuesday in Tippecanoe D-IV sectional action.
The third seeded Lady Cavaliers, 16-7, will play 22nd seed Tri-Village at 6 p.m. Thursday with a berth in Saturday’s sectional final on the line.
NWCC Player of the Year Sidney Chapman came out firing rockets in the early going as the Lady Cavaliers jumped out to a leads of 10-1 and 16-2 in the opening game. Smith added five straight points from the service line at 11-2.
Six of those points came on thunderous kills by Chapman, while Marianne Hissong had two aces, Madeline Smith had one and Allie Hall had a kill. Hissong served eight straight points at 2-1.
“Really, that’s what Sidney (Chapman) has been doing for us all year,” Snipes said. “I thought we came out with a lot of intensity.”
Chapman finished things off at 24-9 with another kill.
To Mississinawa’s credit, they were as close as 9-5 in the second game and 9-6 in the third game.
Hissong and Chapman had two kills each in the second game as Lehman stretched the lead to 18-9.
Smith then fired three aces in five-point run at the service line and a Lady Blackhawk hitting error ended things at 24-10.
“I thought we came out and were really focused in the first game,” Snipes said. “I thought the second game, we played well for the most part and then I thought we let down a little in the third game. That is something we talked to the kids about, not being able to do that now that it is tournament time.”
Lehman emptied the bench early in the third game.
At 9-6, Michelle Duritsch had a kill for sideout and Madison Hussey served seven straight points to erase all doubt.
She had an ace and two service winners, Duritsch had a kill and Lauren Larger had two kills.
Hissong had two kills and block to take the lead to 21-11 and finished the match off at 22-14 with three straight service points.
“With a lot of seniors on the team, it is always good to get the younger players in,” Snipes said. “They are the ones that are going to be out there playing next year.”
Chapman pounded 18 kills for Lehman, while Hissong added seven kills.
Smith filled out the stat sheet with 26 assists, seven digs and five aces, while Hussey had 20 digs. Maddy McFarland had seven digs and Adriana Sehlhorst added six.