Coastal 3A News
Vikings Defeat Pine Forest
October 25, 2013D H Conley High School
In a matchup of volleyball teams with a combined 46-3 record, D.H. Conley breezed by Pine Forest in the 4-A state playoffs on Thursday.
The undefeated Vikings (27-0) recorded three 25-14 victories to advance to the fourth round. The Vikes will host Hoggard, which swept J.H. Rose in the third round, on Saturday.
“This was just a great performance by a number of girls. All of them played well,” DHC coach Jennifer Gillikin said of the win over Pine Forest (20-4). “I think this team is having fun and they’re really enjoying the playoffs.”
The DHC defense was especially strong. The visiting Trojans didn’t score more than four straight points in a set while a 7-0 Conley run keyed its Game 1 victory and the hosts ripped off a 9-0 surge during the final game.
“We’ve been focusing a lot on getting a good pass off of a hard attacking ball,” Gillikin said of her defense. “Tori Morgan does a fabulous job moving back there, and so does Mary Catherine (Spain) and Julia (Allsbrook). Our setters stay strong in the right-back position and I just feel like we’re a solid team.”
Conley freshman Kalee Vanderhorst finished with a match-high 14 kills, but it was Jennifer Shirley (seven kills) who led the way in Game 2 and Kori Adams (20 assists, five kills) in Game 3.
Shirley recorded three kills and two aces in the second set, including consecutive aces to make it 24-14. Madison Maloney had two straight aces earlier in the game in which DHC never trailed.
The Trojans jumped out to a 4-1 edge in the third set, but Conley stormed back and its 9-0 run — capped by an Adams’ kills — made it 18-8. Two more kills by Adams made it a 20-9 advantage and the Vikes eventually finished the match on a Camden Johnston kill.
Morgan had five digs, Spain tallied eight kills and Maloney added 14 assists.
Ronnie Woodard-The Daily Reflector