Meghan Downing slams a kill to lead Tri-Village to a Sectional Title. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Lady Patriots Sectional Champions with win over Southeastern

Tri-Village Lady Patriots battle back to defeat the Southeastern Lady Trojans to advance in tournament play

COVINGTON – The No. 3 seed Tri-Village Lady Patriots overcame a second set letdown to defeat South Charleston’s No. 5 seed Southeastern Lady Trojans 3-1 to earn a Sectional Championship and advance in tournament play.

“We’re excited to be back in the districts – we’re excited to be sectional champions,” said Tri-Village coach, Chris Brewer. “I am very proud of the way the girls played.”

The Lady Trojans grabbed an early 2-0 first set lead with Tri-Village battling back to knot the score at 5-5. Three unanswered Lady Patriots’ points including back-to-back Maria Petry aces gave TV a lead that stretched to double digits at 21-11 on the team’s way to a 25-20 first game win.

Tri-Village struggled in set No. 2 trailing 10-5 before battling back to knot the score at 12-12 and take a 13-12 lead. The teams played to 13-13, 14-14, 15-15, 16-16, 18-18, 19-19 and 22-22 ties only to have the Lady Trojans score the final 3-points to even the match at 1-1 with a 25-22 second set win.

“Southeastern is a heck of a team,” Brewer said. “Look at their record and they’re 21-3 coming in. “They are a very good team – all around solid team, not too many weaknesses. We knew it was going to be a battle tonight, we knew we was going to have our work cut out for us.”

The girls from South Charleston carried its momentum into set No. 3 jumping out to a 7-2 advantage bringing a timeout from the Lady Patriots bench with Tri-Village taking the next two points to trail 7-4. Southeastern answered with a 3-0 run to quickly go up 10-4.

Tri-Village used a 4-0 run to trail 10-8 with South calling for a timeout leading to 11-8, 13-10 and 15-11 Lady Trojans’ leads.

Unable to get Southeaster’s lead under 4-points and trailing 19-15 Coach Brewer called for another TV timeout only to fall behind by 5-points at 20-15 coming out of the team’s timeout.

As quick as the Lady Patriots lost their momentum they got it back in time to closeout set No. 3 with a 10-2 scoring run and go up 2-1 with a 25-22 victory.

“This is a game of momentum,” Brewer stated. “You can run off streaks of points, you can let the other team run off streaks. It really matters how you finish games and how you start games. If you can finish that game strong and have momentum going into the next one it can get you points and it did, it helped them out at the end of that second game but I am glad the girls were able to battle back.”

The Lady Patriots took control from the opening of the fourth set taking a 6-1 lead bringing a Lady Trojans timeout. Tri-Village extended its lead to 8-points at 21-13 bringing an unsuccessful timeout from the Southeastern bench with the Lady Patriots earning a 9-point fourth and final 25-16 win and advance in tournament play while earning a 2021 OHSAA DIV Sectional Championship.

“It was all around good performance by the girls,” said Coach Brewer. “Southeastern had answers for us in the middle. That is one of our areas of strength and they had answers for both Maria (Petry) and Madi (Mead). You could see them struggling to find holes in the floor for kills so we worked back to Meghan (Downing) quite a bit on the right side and she had many kills in the first game and at the end she started to come back going again.”

“It’s nice having options,” Brewer added. “We don’t have to be just locked in setting the middles all day. We can set it outside – we have two very capable outside hitters.”

Maria Petry finishes off a kill for Tri-Village in a Lady Patriots Sectional Championship win over Southeastern. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Madi Mead tips a ball over the net in the Lady Patriots win over Southeastern. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The Lady Patriots' Morgan Hunt slams a spike for Tri-Village in tournament win over the Lady Trojans. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Caeli Updike makes a return for Tri-Village in the Lady Patriots Sectional Championship win over Southeastern. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Shelby Mintkenbaugh serves for the Lady Patriots in the team's tournament win over the Southeastern Lady Trojans. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
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Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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