MASON, W.Va. — The Lady Falcons will have to wait another year for their second sectional title.
The Charleston Catholic volleyball team defeated host Wahama in consecutive sets in the Region IV, Section I semifinal match on Wednesday night in Mason County.
The Lady Falcons (12-20) went down two sets to the Lady Irish, but the Red and White went down swinging against their opponents in their final set of the 2015 season.
Charleston Catholic came out swinging early in the first set. Elizabeth Pile, Gabrielle Portillo and Jessica Adkins put up a combined 19 service points to give the Lady Irish a commanding lead. Rebekah Roach and Elizabeth Pullins put up a pair of points for the home team, but the deficit was too much to overcome. Charleston Catholic took the first game of the match 25-7.
Emmalee Broyles gave the Lady Falcons a 3-2 edge to start Game 2. Portillo put the Green and White back out in front with seven consecutive service points to give the Lady Irish a 10-3 lead. Alissa McCarty’s six points late in the match gave Charleston Catholic a 25-7 win during the second set.
The Lady Falcons were not ready to call it quits yet. Olivia Hill served up three points to give Wahama a 7-5 lead in Game 3. Broyles added three points of her own to put the Red and White up 13-9. The Lady Irish rallied off consecutive service points from Adkins and took a 17-16 lead in the middle of the third set. Charleston Catholic began to pull away late in the set with a 24-19 advantage. Broyles three service points got the Lady Falcons within one, but the Lady Irish held on 25-23.
Broyles led the Lady Falcons with seven service points. Hill finished with three points, while Mullins had two points. Roach and Maddy VanMeter each contributed one point for Wahama.
“They were a bundle of nerves in the first game,” Wahama coach Matt VanMeter said. “In the second game, I don’t know what happened, but you can’t make a lot of mistakes against good teams like Charleston Catholic and Buffalo. If we would’ve played the first two games like we did the third one, I think we would still be playing. We went out playing with everything we had. A couple of mistakes here and there and it would’ve been a different ball game.”
Portillo led Charleston Catholic with 15 service points, followed by Adkins and Catherine Herlihy respectively with 11 and 10 points. McCarty finished with seven points and Pile had five points for the Lady Irish.
This was the final game for seniors Broyles, Hill, Taylor Warden and Molly Fisher in the Red and White.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106.