KIMBERLY — Being down two sets against a quality team makes it a tough chore to come back and win three. The Filer High School volleyball team found that to be true on Tuesday, facing Kimberly at its home gym.
That, plus the fact that Kimberly played an impressive match made it an even tougher task, as the Wildcats were swept 25-14, 25-17, 25-20 in the 3A Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference tournament semifinals.
“We played pretty well,” said Kimberly coach Lawrence Pferrerle. “We didn’t have a lot of hitting errors, and we played pretty consistent. We stress making smart decisions, and we do a great job of executing.””
Kimberly junior Zoey Brown was solid with 13 kills, while Desi Overacre finished with nine and fellow senior Ivy Burgess had six. Besides looking for her own offense, Overacre dished out 22 assists. Senior setter Hannah Frey was also in double figures in assists with 10.
Demee Rosenkrance provided the defensive spark with 19 digs, senior Kirie Taylor had eight and Aspecn Askew finished with seven. Burgess and Paydon Morrissey led the net play with two blocks each.
“All of our front row hitters can hit,” said Frey. “I try to distribute it especially to who is hot, but I have confidence in all our hitters. Our passing is great and everyone gets the ball to the setters really well. We all get along really well and support each other.”
Filer missed serves and Kimberly made runs. In the third set, which had four ties, Filer made things interesting by closing the gap to 22-20, but Taylor served the match out from there.
“I felt like we went out trying and pushing,” said Filer coach Tanya Beard.
Gracie Robinson and Ella Fischer each had seven kills. Setter Halle Knight distributed 12 assists. For the defense, libero Kelsie Snyder had a team-high 15 digs.
Filer had to face Gooding, which beat Buhl, later Tuesday night in a loser-out match. The match went five sets, and the Senators came out on top.
Kimberly will host Gooding on Thursday for the district championship. The Bulldogs have to win one of a potential two matches to take the crown, while the Senators have to win both.
CORRECTION: The original version of this story misspelled Zoey Brown's first name. That error has been fixed.
Gooding 3, Buhl 1; Gooding 3, Filer 2
KIMBERLY — The Senators had a tough road to climb to stay alive in the district tournament.
First, the Senators eliminated the Indians in a four-set match, 27-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21. Then, they had to go five sets to eliminate the Wildcats, and they prevailed 25-21, 19-25, 13-25, 25-22, 15-13.