Emma Funk’s 29 kills and four blocks pushed Our Lady Academy past district rival Resurrection 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-22) in high school volleyball action Tuesday.
Behind Funk, OLA (18-3, 3-0) got off to huge leads in each of the three games, leading 7-2 in the opener, 11-2 in the second game, and 9-3 in the third game before allowing Resurrection to make a late run.
“This is definitely a confidence booster for the rest of the season,” Funk said. “It’s a step toward winning the district title. We did really well keeping momentum on our side for most of the match.”
However, in the third set, OLA started to substitute after getting up 9-3. Behind Ivy Walley, who had a kill, block for a point, and three aces, the Eagles (18-6, 2-1) cut the OLA lead to 15-12, and stayed close throughout the remainder of the final game.
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“I thought we played aggressively,” OLA coach Mike Meyers said. “We were aggressive for the first two sets and the start of the third set. “We started substituting a little bit and lost some of our chemistry in the last game. But, I thought overall we played really well.”
OLA is looking for its fifth consecutive Class 1A/3A state title.
The Crescents take control of the district race, holding a one-game lead over Resurrection.
“We ran up against a really good team tonight,” Resurrection coach Keith Tucker said. “I’m proud of my team. We battled in every game and never gave up. We have to focus on the rest of the season and doing what we need to do to finish the season.”