Behind a solid front-line attack and power service game, the Lady Blue Devils took a 3-1 win over the visiting Lady Warriors on Monday in the opening round of the district tournament.
The 24-26, 25-13, 25-17, 25-21 win moved fourth-seeded Gate City (18-9) into Tuesday’s second Mountain 7 semifinal in Big Stone Gap against top-seeded Union.
Tuesday’s first semifinal at Union, set for 6 p.m., will pit second-seeded Abingdon against No. 3 John Battle.
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Despite the loss, fifth-seeded Wise Central (9-12) made the Region 2D tournament based on a points system designed to advance four teams from the Mountain 7 to regionals.
Because Abingdon will compete in the Region 3D tournament, Union, John Battle and Gate City clinched spots in the Region 2D event, along with Central — which outpointed the district’s other two Class 2 teams, Lee High and Ridgeview.
“Hopefully, we can come out and practice hard and finish the season strong,” said Central coach Jessica Sturgill. “We need to continue to work with each other and work as a team. I’m just looking forward to see what we can do the rest of the season.”
The Lady Blue Devils rebounded from dropping the first set to the Lady Warriors.
“It was Monday,” said Gate City coach Amy Reed. “It was Monday. It was a cold Monday. We’re always sluggish on Monday.
“It was a slow start. It wasn’t pretty a whole lot of the time, but we got the work done and we got the win. Right now, that’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter how pretty it is or how ugly it is as long as you get it done.”
BY THE NUMBERS
Sarah Thompson led Gate City’s front line with 16 kills and nine digs.
Bel Sallee finished with 10 kills and six aces for the Lady Blue Devils, Lexie Summers had 36 assists and Ava Seagle finished with nine aces and five digs.
Megan VanDyke recorded 17 kills and three blocks and Savana Edwards had eight kills for Central.
The Lady Warriors also got 21 assists and four aces from Caitlin Glover and Hannah McAmis finished with 21 digs.