ROBINSON CREEK - Allen Central outlasted Pikeville at Shelby Valley on Tuesday night, winning 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 27-25, 25-20) to capture its seventh 15th Region All “A” Classic championship.
With the win, Allen Central earned a trip to the 2013 All “A” Classic State Tournament and improved to 10-1.
Katie Kendrick, who pounded in 21 kills and hit at a .553 clip, helped to lead the Rebels. Rachel Moore also slammed in 21 kills on .512 hitting.
Sarah Grindrod delivered five kills, Kelsie Jackson dropped in four and Taylor Moore finished with three.
Jannah Halbert dished out a team-best 23 assists to complement her 94 percent serving.
Heather Burdzilauskas dished up 18 assists for Allen Central in the winning effort. Another proven leader, DeShea Elliott, paced Allen Central with four service aces. Rachel Moore and Grindrod chipped in two aces each for the Rebels.
“Obviously, this was a great tournament win for the team and the program,” Allen Central Coach Larry Maynard commented.
Allen Central’s hitting performance hovered at .475 as the team turned in 58 kills. The Rebels’ serving game was not the best effort of the tournament but 90 percent serving went a long way.
“It was a roller coaster tonight and I am proud of the way our players responded after the second set,” Maynard added.
Defensively, Allen Central had 240 reception attempts, returning 83 percent and earning 38 digs.
Elliott led the Allen Central defensive effort with 15 digs. Kendrick and Moore scooped up six each for the Rebels. First-year defensive specialist Lorel Cummins registered four scoops. Kendrick thrived at the net, blocking 10 Pikeville attacks. Grindrod stopped two and logged a block-assist. Johnson blocked two and registered a block-assist. Lauryn Stumbo, Halbert, Jackson, and Taylor Moore added a block-assist each for the winning squad.
“Pikeville is a very good team, but we never backed down at all and we came back from a second set defeat and won a very tough, close third set and fourth set,” Maynard confided. “I am excited for our players and they deserve all the credit for winning the match and the championship tonight.”
The Rebels will travel to Louisville on Sept. 14 to face 13th Region Champion Jackson County at 8:30 a.m. in All “A” Classic State Tournament pool play.