Underwood lost to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 3-1 in the Section 6A south quarter finals on Friday night at West Central Area High School in Barrett, ending the Rockets season.
“We jumped to an early lead in set one and played with a lot of energy,” reported Underwood Head Coach Diane Ross. “The ball was falling for us and things were looking good, we won 25-21. We lost momentum at the beginning of set two and found ourselves playing catch up. We came as close as 21-22, but lost set 2, 22-25. We struggled in set 3 with some untimely errors and CGB capitalized winning 25-17. In set 4, volleyball became a game of inches and CGB had the ball falling on the right side of the line. They had a very aggressive team offensively, and didn't let much drop defensively and won 25-23. I was proud of our team for always fighting back and never giving up. I thought our seniors, Abby Marfell, Morgan Evavold, Isabel Dahl and Emma Fitzgibbons played with heart and determination.”
Morgan Evavold ended with a career high 16 digs and 2 ace serves, Isabel Dahl added 14 digs and 3 ace serves, Emma Fitzgibbons added another solid performance, ending with 15 kills, 21 assists, 12-12 serving, and 8 digs. Daityn Beske had 14 assists, Kayla Rocholl added 23 digs, Ally Johnson and Ceri Meech each had 3 ace blocks, Ally Johnson and Shaynah Smith added 4 kills apiece, and Brooke Hovland had 14 kills on the night along with 2 ace blocks.
“It’s always tough to end the season, but I was very proud of how are team grew throughout the year,” concluded Coach Ross.
C-G-B will now face Brandon-Evansville in the semifinal round of the Section 6A playoffs at 7:00pm Tuesday at West Central Area High School in Barrett.