Big Walnut defeated Granville 25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23 in a Division II regional final at Zanesville High School on Nov. 4 to advance to its first state final four since 2010 and seventh overall.
The Golden Eagles (24-3) picked up their 13th straight victory of the season and 23rd out their last 24.
Machaela Podraza had 20 kills and 29 assists, Kelsie Imertreijs had 17 kills, Meredith Thomas had 31 digs and Sammi Bickley had 33 assists to lead BW.
BW meets Kettering Archbishop Alter, ranked second in the final coaches’ poll, in the state semifinal at the Nutter Center at Wright State University Friday night (Nov. 10) at 6 p.m.
Big Walnut 3, Dover 1
The Golden Eagles set the tone with a convincing first-set win and, after losing the second, won the third and fourth to secure a Division II regional semifinal win over Dover Thursday night (Nov. 2) in Zanesville.
“We had a great start,” Big Walnut coach Ron Lehman said. “We slipped a little in the second set, but came back in the third and fourth. We fought through adversity to win it.”
The Eagles looked poised to cruise into the regional final after winning the first set 25-12. Dover battled back, though, taking the second 26-24, but BW won the third and fourth by respective scores of 25-16 and 25-22 to seal the deal.
Mac Podraza finished with a team-best nine kills to go with four aces, Kaley Rammelsberg finished with eight kills and Emma Urhammer had seven kills in the win.
Next up, Big Walnut will take on Granville — a 3-0 winner over New Philadelphia — in Saturday’s (Nov. 4) regional final back at Zanesville.