Industrial rallies into regional final

Marcus Gutierrez By Marcus Gutierrez

Nov. 10, 2017 at 10:15 p.m.
Updated Nov. 10, 2017 at 10:24 p.m.

SAN ANTONIO - Savhannah Kitchens and the Industrial Lady Cobras dropped the first two sets in their Region IV-3A semifinals match against Corpus Christi London on Friday.

It was the first time theLady Cobras lost a set in the playoffs.

Kitchens and the Lady Cobras weren't ready for their magical season to end.

"We were not ready to have our season over with," said the senior outside hitter, who had 16 kills, four blocks, and two digs. "We just knew we weren't ready to be done. This is an amazing group of girls. We fought back and we were victorious."

The Lady Cobras rallied in a five-set thriller and defeated London 23-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-21, 15-8 at the San Antonio Blossom Athletic Center.

The Lady Cobras (32-3) will play the winner of the other semifinal match between Goliad and Poth on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Region IV-3A final.

This will be the second straight year that the Lady Cobras playing in the regional final

Industrial head coach Jenna Treybig and the Lady Cobras met on Wednesday to discuss their mental game.

It's a time for reflecting on what to say during the games when times get rough.

"I always tell them, 'What do you need when it gets tough?'" Treybig said. "They told me to tell them if they regret the way they played in that game. I told them that and I don't know if that's what made us play better, but we started playing more as a team and we started clicking."

After dropping the first two sets, senior setter Maddison Heibel could tell the Lady Cobras were ready to turn the page.

"Honestly, after we lost those first to sets we got discouraged, which is natural," Heibel said. "We reminded ourselves why we were here and what we were here to do. We just keep pushing hard and played for each other."

The Lady Cobras never trailed in the third set and got their offense moving.

Heibel, who had 44 assists and eight digs, set up middle blocker Chloe Darilek for the kill that sealed the third set.

Darliek had 13 kills, eight digs and two blocks.

"Once we won that third set, we knew in our minds that we wanted it," Heibel said. "Our momentum changed. We started out dull, but we rallied and came back.

The Lady Cobras led by as many as eight points and never trailed in the fourth set.

"We just calmed down," Treybig said. "The first two sets weren't them at all. Our defense wasn't there and neither was our hitting. They finally relaxed and started communicating on the floor."

Industrial jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the fifth set and never looked back.

"It was stressful," Kitchens said. "We knew what we had to do and we weren't playing at our best level in those first two sets and you saw what we were capable of doing in the last three sets."

Sophomore middle blocker Kylann Griffith had 10 kills and a block and Skylar Lenamon added 19 digs and two assists.

"We always have to focus one game at a time," Treybig said. "Sometimes we can get ahead of ourselves and I think with a match like this we got reminded. I'm proud of the way the girls fought back to get the win."

Industrial 3, CC London 2

Industrial 23 23 25 25 15

London 25 25 15 21 8

Highlights - (Industrial) Maddison Heibel 1 kills, 44 assists, 8 digs, 1 aces, Skylar Lenamon 2 assists, 19 digs, Chloe Darilek 13 kills, 2 blocks, 8 digs, Savhannah Kitchens 16 kills, 4 blocks, 2 digs, Kylann Griffith 10 kills, 1 block, Sarah Kusak 1 kill, 15 digs, 1 ace, Lauren Williams 3 kills, Katelynn Stout 9 digs, Brooke Williams 2 kills, 1 dig, Maddison Stanush 6 kills, 1 dig.

Record - Industrial 32-3.


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