HEBRON — Columbus Bishop Hartley put a spirited OHSSA postseason run by Indian Valley to an end on Saturday with a 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18 victory in the Division II Regional championship match on Saturday afternoon.
With the disappointing setback, the Lady Braves finish with a fine 24-4 record and are Division II regional runner-ups.
Leading the Lady Braves’ was the talented sister duo of Tanna Rakestraw and twin sister Kiara, who finished with 18 kills, 20 digs, three blocks, five points. Tanna chipped in with 16 kills, seven blocks, 19 digs, and six points. Gaby Miles contributed 28 assists, seven points, 11 digs with Juliana Herman added seven points and eight digs.
Columbus Bishop Hartley improves to 19-6 on the season, and advance on to the OHSAA state volleyball championships.
To earn their spot in the regional finals, Indian Valley held on late to upend Sheridan High in four sets in their Division II regional semifinal match on Wednesday evening at Heath High School.
Facing elimination in the fourth set, the Lady Generals had eyes on a fifth and a chance to extend their season. But as it did for much of their Division II regional semifinal match, the Lady Braves bowed their backs just in time.
With the deciding set tied late, Indian Valley got consecutive kills and held on for a 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22 win to oust Sheridan which ends it season at 23-4.
Sheridan held a 20-18 in the fourth, only to watch the Lady Braves score seven of the last nine points. The Lady Generals rallied to tie it at 22 after consecutive IV hitting errors, but back-to-back kills set up the deciding match point.
The final set featured plenty of counter punches. Four straight points, including a pair of aces from Grace Conrad, sent Sheridan ahead 8-4 and it extended the lead to 13-8. The Generals still led 18-15 after a kill from lefty Erin Schultz, but a serving error and receiving error on back-to-back points triggered a momentum turn.
Two lifting calls against Sheridan tied the game at 20, and a hitting error and a kill from Kitanna Rakestraw gave the Braves a 22-20 lead before Sheridan tied it.
The Rakestraws had 45 kills, while Kitana also had 26 digs and three aces, Miles finished with 51 assists, five points, 10 digs, and Brenlyn Rostad chipped in with 9 points, 23 digs, 2 kills