Metamora volleyball season comes to an end in Sectional

Justin Miller

Metamora's volleyball season came to an end Thursday with a 25-10, 25-16 loss to Centennial in the Normal U-High Sectional championship.

"They were tremendous and we knew they would be," coach Karla Bartman said. "We wanted to keep it close and find a way to win.

"They were big and their serving was their strong point. We knew we would have to play a flawless game to even have a chance."

Champaign Centennial's talent-laden squad proved too much for the Redbirds to handle.

The match, which lasted 37-minutes, started with the Redbirds trailing 7-0 to start the opening game.

Champaign then went up 12-4 and 20-5.

The second game saw Metamora go up, 2-0, on kills from Jordan TerBush and Abby Barrow for the team's only lead.

Metamora was then on the wrong end of an 11-1 run that surged Champaign to a Sectional title.

The team opened the Sectional Oct. 30 with a victory over Bloomington.

"We knew we had our hands full but we did what we needed to do to win," Bartman said. "We served tough and took them out of their offensive system."

During the first game, the Redbirds fell into an early 0-2 hole before tying the game at two on a kill from Abby Barrow, who established herself as a premier scorer with 12 kills against the Raiders.

Neither team could overpower the other and the teams were tied at three, four and five before Metamora trailed, 14-8.

The Redbirds then battled back to tie the game at 17 and, on a Destiny Adkins kill, at 19 before taking a 20-19 lead.

"We've done that all year," Bartman said of the comeback. "We don't panic, we hang in there and stay the course. I think we played with great confidence."

The teams again traded leads until the Ghosts went up, 23-22, and scored two more points, including the game point on an Adkins kill, to win, 25-22.

Throughout both games against the Raiders, Taylor Kells continually set her teammates up with chances to smack the ball across the net and led the squad with 23 assists.

The second game started the same as the first with the teams finding ties at one, two and five before Bloomington took the lead and kept it until Metamora reached a tie at 12.

In both games, Bloomington gained momentum throughout the sets but the resolve of the Redbirds kept the Raiders from ever grabbing a dominant lead.

Metamora began to gain speed and raced to an 18-13 lead before Bloomington closed the gap to 19-17.

Near the end of the set, Metamora clutched a 24-23 lead and won on a shot out of bounds, 25-23.

"I think it was an outstanding year," Bartman said. "I think the team stepped up and worked together.

"As a team, we played pretty consistent volleyball throughout the year."