Broughton avoids upset bid from Leesville Road

Posted October 21, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014

#7 Kati Smith of Broughton. Leesville Road travels to Broughton for Round 2 of the Volleyball Playoffs.  The Capitals took the First Set 25 to 20, fell short the next 2 sets 22 to 25 &  16 to 25, but came back and one the next 2 sets 25 to 22; and the 5th and final set 15 to 13 on Tuesday Night, October 21, 2014. (Photo By: Beth Jewell)

Leesville Road wanted to believe the phrase, “The third time's the charm," when it went up against undefeated Broughton – a Cap 8 rival – for the third time this season.

But the Broughton streak continued with a nail biting 3-2 victory over Leesville Road.

The first set started off back-and-forth. Volleyball: Broughton vs Leesville Road (Oct. 21, 2014) Volleyball: Leesville Road vs. Broughton (Oct. 21, 2014)

“They knew us, we knew them," Broughton coach Jim Freeman said, adding that he knew it would be difficult matching up with a team that has seen the way the Caps play twice before.

Quick sets led to early points. Broughton jumped out to a quick lead in the first half of the set, led by kills from junior Katja Ehlers.

Leesville Road was relentless though, and it continued attacking. The Pride pulled themselves within one at 13-12 before a timeout was called. The pause in time benefited the Caps and they developed a cushion to win the first set 25-20.

It was déjà vu in the beginning of the second set. No team could pull away with the score staying within two until just after midway through the set when Leesville Road held a 17-15. Ehlers answered the calling for the Caps; from kills to aces, she did it all, but it was not enough as the Pride went on a roll, going up 21-20 before a timeout by Freeman.

The timeout this time did not slow the momentum down for Leesville Road and they escaped the second set on top 25-22.

Leesville Road continued moving forward and scurried out to a 7-3 lead to start off the third set.

The Pride were in the drivers seat the whole set. Numerous infractions from crossing the centerline mid-rally stretched the lead to 17-9 for Leesville before a timeout was called. Leesville broke out of the team huddle early to get back on the court where they closed out the third set 25-16.

For the first time all year, the Caps were in trouble. The Pride were a set away from the third round.

Broughton regained its focus and stayed ahead throughout the fifth set. The biggest key for the Caps was finding the hole in the front wall that stayed so strong in the previous sets.

The strong opening in the set didn’t deter The Pride as they clawed back knotting the score at 20 a piece. Broughton answered, gaining a two-point cushion and stayed ahead to win 25-22 to tie the sets up 2-2.

As the packed stands energized the Cap 8 rematch, the tiebreaker began with the home Caps going ahead early. Leesville Road found itself up 10-8 in the final set when Freeman called his last timeout.

Just like the timeout in the first set, it helped Broughton regain control.

Broughton reclaimed the lead and never lost it again. The Caps took the tiebreaking set 15-13 to beat the Pride for the third time this season.

“For a large stretch, they were playing better than we were," said Freeman. "Playing as the favorite can be uncomfortable. I think we need to be more relaxed than we were tonight.”

Broughton set to host No. 8 D.H. Conley who swept No. 9 New Bern in the third round. That game will be played on Thursday at Broughton.


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