Preble Shawnee fell to McNicholas in District title game and finish the season second in the WOAC, Sectional Champions and District Runner-up. (Chris Tilton photo))

Arrows Fall Short in District Final

CLAYTON – The Preble Shawnee girls volleyball team ended their tournament in Northmont on a rainy Saturday. The dreary weather fit the mood of the team afterwards as they were disappointed in their bid to win a district championship. The Arrows are a young team and seemed awestruck by the Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas Lady Rockets who came into the game with four seniors.  The scoring was 15-25, 17-25 and 10-25.

Coach Evans, “The young team that we are is what got us – the nerves, being scared. It got in our heads. “

The Arrows started from behind in the last two sets, allowing the Lady Rockets to get a fast start and then they had to play catch up.  The Rockets served well and were good defensively.  After the match coach Evans would remark, “When we hit the ball over the net, they always got a hand on it.”  The Rocket rotation was strong, when they shuffled players in and out it seemed that they didn’t miss a beat.

“One of our norms has been a slow start, I didn’t think it would be much of an issue. I thought we would just turn it around like we always do. We’ve gone down 2 and come back to win in 5.”

The Lady Arrows could not put a complete set together.  In the first set they started OK, then seemed to run out of gas. With the score 9-10, they let the Rockets go on a 6-0 run.  They could not make up the gap and fell in that set.  But in the next set they let the Rockets start with a 0-9 advantage.  In the tournament, against a good team, you just can’t do that.  But to their credit they showed spunk and battled back.

From that point in the second set they played evenly and Harlee Howard really played hard as she tried to push the team back into the game.  But it was too high of a hill to climb as they lost that set by 8.  In the last set, the Arrows made a few good plays, but couldn’t make a determined push.  The Lady Rockets had all the momentum and swept them aside.

Still the Lady Arrows have a lot to look back on and a bright future ahead.  They graduate two seniors, and bring almost everyone back for next year. They had some injuries this season and all should be 100% for next year. To their credit they finished in second place in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference.  The team captured a section title for the first time in 21 years and were district runners up. So the team has a lot to springboard off of for next season.

“I told the girls that this is still an accomplishment to be proud of. It hurts now, but we still had a great season. We have done some big things that have not been done in a long time. Coming in I didn’t think this team would do any better than last year, but they proved me wrong in just a few weeks. I can’t wait until next year – it is going to be fun.”

Senior Carlyn George, “To the program she has meant a lot. To me she changed me as a coach. She is not as gifted as an athlete, and yet she comes out and does what she does all season. It made me realize that I don’t need the athletes, I just need someone who is going to work harder. She means a lot to the program and she means a lot to the younger players. We became a family by the end of the season.”

Finally Coach Evans spoke about his assistant coach, Erica Scott. “She has been the best assistant coach that anyone could ask for. She is a big part of this program. She is a sophomore in college but is here every day of the week to help us. We know we can’t keep her forever – she will have a program of her own someday.”

Preble Shawnee Lady Arrows vs Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas. (Chris Tilton photo)
Lady Arrows take on McNicholas at Northmont in district tournament action. (Chris Tilton photo)
Young Preble Shawnee Lady Arrows battle McNicholas in district match. (Chris Tilton photo)
Preble Shawnee gets strong play at the net in district tournament. (Chris Tilton photo)
Lady Arrows battle McNicholas at Northmont. (Chris Tilton photo)

Chris Tilton / Correspondent

Chris Tilton has covered sports in Southwest Ohio for the past 23 years and has lived in Southwest Ohio most of his life. He is mostly retired and continues to enjoy travel in the USA and hs been to Asia and Europe. Chris continues to work as a freelance writer. His Hobbies include fishing and computer gaming. Chris lives on a 32 acre farm in the Camden area. He has 10 grandchildren the he enjoys spending time with when he is not covering sports or traipsing around the country.

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