Freeman was able to deal Johnson-Brock their first set loss of the year, but would fall in the match 2-1.
The Eagles defeated the Falcons in three sets 25-12, 16-25, 25-8 in the semifinals of the MUDECAS Volleyball Tournament Tuesday night.
With the win, the defending Class D1 State Champion Eagles advance to Thursday’s MUDECAS Championship match against the winner of Monday’s late game between Meridian and Exeter-Milligan. That match wasn’t over by press time Tuesday night. For those results, see Thursday’s Daily Sun.
Johnson-Brock took control of the first set early and never relinquished it. Two Freeman errors and a Johnson-Brock ace led to an early 5-0 lead.
A kill by Freeman’s Ashley Parde ended the run, but Johnson-Brock scored the next three points to extend their lead to 8-1.
Freeman scored three of the next five points, including two kills by Kayla Haynes to make it 10-4. Three straight points by the Eagles made it 13-4, forcing a Freeman timeout.
Johnson-Brock scored a point out of the timeout, but an error by the Eagles followed by a double block by Lyndsey Ehmen and Macy Holland made it 14-6.
The Eagles scored the next five points to make it 19-6. Haynes would have three kills late in the set, but it wasn’t enough as the Falcons fell 25-12.
Freeman showed early on in the second set that they weren’t going away quietly. It was 4-4 early when Haynes registered a kill and Emma Alberts and Lyndsey Ehmen combined for a block to make it 6-4. With the score 8-5, Freeman’s Alberts registered an ace to make it 9-5.
The Eagles scored next, but a point by Freeman followed by a double block from Macy Holland and Abby Mason made it 11-6, forcing a Johnson-Brock timeout.
Freeman scored the next two points out of the timeout, including another double block by Holland and Mason, making it 13-6.
Johson-Brock scored the next two points, but Freeman went on a big run to make it 20-10 and forced the Eagles to take their second timeout. Haynes had two kills during that run while Holland also had a kill.
Johnson-Brock came back with three points to make it 20-13, forcing a Freeman timeout. With the score 20-14, Freeman would come back with three straight points, including two kills by Haynes to make it 23-15. From there, they went on to win 25-16.
In the final set, Johnson-Brock went back to playing state championship caliber volleyball. They motored out to a 5-1 lead. Freeman got it back to 5-4 after two kills from Haynes, but two points from Johnson-Brock extended the lead back to 7-4.
A double block by Ehmen and Taylor Anderson made it 7-5, but Johnson-Brock scored seven of the next nine points to make it 14-7, forcing a freeman timeout.
Out of the timeout, Johnson-Brock scored 12 of the next 13 points to coast to the 25-8 win, taking the match 2-1.
In the consolation bracket of the A Division, eighth-seeded Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer defeated Falls City Sacred Heart 25-23, 25-12 and Bruning-Davenport-Shickley defeated Diller-Odell 25-21, 25-11.
HTRS and BDS will play each other at 2 p.m. on Thursday in the consolation final. Diller-Odell and Sacred Heart are eliminated from the tournament.
A Division results
HTRS over Sacred Heart 25-23, 25-12
BDS over Diller-Odell 25-21, 25-11
Johnson-Brock over Freeman 25-12, 16-25, 25-8
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