Glenn Pursley, Published November 12 2013
Central Cass tops Grovers for trip to Region 1 championship
Squirrels senior Faith Dooley tallied 14 kills and four blocks while Gabby Grommesh added 9 kills to beat Fargo Oak Grove 25-18, 25-15, 25-22 Tuesday in the Class B Region 1 volleyball semifinals .
“We came out playing our strongest game this season that I think and we played as a team,” Dooley said. “We don’t really look at the team anymore, we figured out that we just have to look at it as just another team that we are playing.”
Kirby Camas led the Squirrels (36-3) in digs with 13 and Alissa Erickson was the assist leader with 40.
“We sped up our tempo on our passes which gave our hitters more opportunities,” said Squirrels head coach Chris Hahn. “We didn’t allow their blocks to set up as much so it gave our hitters more spaces to hit at.”
In the second set, Dooley found the open court for back-to-back kills and one more a serve later to cap a 7-2 run for the Squirrels and go up 21-14.
“She’s a great blocker, a great hitter,” Grommesh said of Dooley. “She really gets the team going.”
Hahn added: “(Dooley’s) definitely a firecracker for us. When she’s on we’re unstoppable.”
Dooley would pick up her fourth kill to close out the set 25-15.
The Grovers took an early lead in the set three thanks to a quick 7-3 run. But Bresnahan’s kill to brought the Squirrels within one point and eventually knotted the set at 14-14 to eventually win 25-22.
“The psychological parts of this game are so hard to get over,” Chris Hahn said, referring to loss earlier in the season to Oak Grove. “If you can get over that the rest of it is easy. Oak Grove did a fantastic job of playing defense, they didn’t give us much.”
The Squirrels are matched up against Northern Cass on Thursday in the region championship match.
“We’ve played them to many times, three times already,” Hahn said of his team’s three wins over the Jaguars. “Hopefully we’ll be able to do what we’ve done before in the past.”
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