RICHMOND — In the drive to win a fifth state volleyball championship, Gate City put on an awesome display of power in Friday’s VHSL Class 2A semifinals at Virginia Commonwealth’s Siegel Center.
The Lady Blue Devils rallied to defeat Robert E. Lee-Staunton 19-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-10.
Gate City (29-2) advanced take on Luray (22-1) at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the state championship. The Lady Bulldogs eliminated John Battle 25-16, 21-25, 21-25, 25-17, 15-11 in the semifinals.
“Tomorrow is a new day,” said Gate City coach Amy Reed. “It’s what we’ve worked so hard for all year. Now we just have to finish.
“I have every confidence that this team will work together and get the job done.”
After losing the first set, the Lady Blue Devils stepped up their game and evened the match with a 25-16 win.
The real fireworks started when Gate City found itself down 21-15 in the crucial third set. Reed called a timeout to settle her team.
“I just told them to be patient,” she said. “Lee was not attacking us, so we went back on the attack.”
Gate City raced off on a 10-1 run to close out the set 25-22 and went on top 2-1 in the match.
In the decisive fourth set, the Lady Blue Devils led by just one, 8-7, before demolishing the Lady Leemen (16-10) with a 17-3 run.
“We knew what Gate City was capable of doing,” said R.E. Lee coach Jan Williams. “But once they got into their fast-paced offense, they just overpowered us.”
Lindsey Harper led Gate City with 16 kills, Caitlin McConnell added 15 kills and 10 digs, and Julie Dockery had nine kills.
Kyra Jessee recorded 15 digs and eight kills, Haley Reed added 10 digs and 12 assists, Kerri Hite had 39 assists and Hayley Wolfe came up with 18 digs for the Lady Blue Devils.
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