TIPP CITY — The Fort Loramie Lady Redskins turned the tables on Lehman Thursday night in the semifinals of the Division 4 Regional Volleyball Tournament at Tipp City.
During the regular season, Lehman came away with a 3-0 victory over the Lady Redskins. This time, however, the defending state champions won two ultra-close games, then used the momentum from a thrilling come-from-behind effort in the second set to take the third game and earn a spot in the regional championship game against County rival Jackson Center.
The two will meet Saturday at 2 p.m. at Tipp City with a berth in the state tournament on the line. During the season, the two teams split, and that’s the only blemish on Jackson Center’s record this season.
Fort Loramie will head into that game with a 19-8 record. Lehman’s season comes to an end with the same mark, 19-8.
Loramie took the first game 25-22, the game being that tight throughout.
Lehman seemed to regroup in the second game and held the lead for most of the action. But with the score 21-16, Loramie took advantage of Lehman’s big hitter, Sidney Chapman, being in the back row and mounted a comeback behind the serving of Maeve Hilgefort.
She drew the Lady Redskins even with a strong serve, then a tip by Caleigh Barhorst made it 22-21. Lehman came back with the next two points to make it 23-22, but a kill by Barhorst evened it up.
The two teams traded service errors to make it 24-all, and after an attack error by Chapman, she came up with a kill to make it 25-25. But Loramie was able to put two together to claim a 27-25 victory, and the Lady Redskins carried that over to the final set.