Luxemburg-Casco fought off a furious rally by McFarland in the third set to capture its first-ever state volleyball title at the Resch Center Saturday afternoon.
Finding themselves down early in the first set 8-2, Luxemburg-Casco was able to regroup and took control late to win 25-21, capturing seven of the final 10 points.
Luxemburg-Casco made McFarland dig out of 13-6 hole, but never let them get within striking distance in the second game, winning 25-17.
Championships are not meant to be easy and Luxemburg-Casco found that out in the third game. McFarland got out to a 13-7 lead before head coach Jeff Frey called his first time-out to stem the tide. It worked as Luxemburg-Casco captured five of the next seven points before McFarland showed a burst of its own, forcing Frey to call another timeout. Luxemburg-Casco would score 11 of the final 15 points to clinch the title.
Hannah Derenne showed nice touch in many of her team-leading 14 kills while Grace Holschuh added another 11. Bekah Day registered 39 assists in her final match for Luxemburg-Casco while Alli Routhieaux led the team in digs with 13. A relatively even game statistically between the two teams, Luxemburg-Casco outpaced top-seeded McFarland in kills 45-27.
(photos courtesy of Ron LeCloux)