EASTERN - The Allen Central volleyball team swept host Pikeville 2-0 Wednesday night at T.W. Oliver Memorial Gymnasium to advance to the championship match of the 15th Region All “A” Classic.
Ciara Jones led the Rebels with seven kills on .830 hitting. Jones also delivered four service aces. Katie Kendrick had seven kills on 1.000 hitting. The productive Kendrick also collected three blocks.
Courtney Hodge had two kills, 14 assists and a service ace. Rachel Moore slammed in two kills and registered two assists and three service aces as several Allen Central players stepped up in the semifinals of the small-school regional tournament. Laken Tackett smacked in two kills for the Rebels. Sarah Grindrod pounded in one kill as Allen Central posted the impressive win.
DeShea Elliott chipped in with three service aces. The Allen Central squad slapped in 21 kills in the match while hitting .870.
Although their serving games wasn’t as sharp as they had been in the past, the Rebels were credited with 11 aces. Allen Central, however, committed eight service errors and served at a meager 83 percent.
Allen Central made up for its serving defensively, returning 88 percent of the Panther point attempts. The Rebels earned 17 digs and nine blocks.
Kendrick blocked three at the net and led the Allen Central back row with five digs. Elliott also had five scoops for the Rebels.
Moore dug up three and notched a block-assist. Jones contributed two digs and a block-assist and Tackett dug up two and registered two blocks for the Rebels.
Grindrod also had two digs and stopped a pair at the net.
Allen Central was facing Betsy Layne Thursday night in the 15th Region All “A” Classic championship match. The Allen Central-Betsy Layne match ended too late to make this edition.