(Cape Girardeau) The Central Rebels defeated Springfield Catholic 3-1 in the Class 3 state semifinal today at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau to advance to the title game against Maryville Friday morning.
Central faced a 24-19 deficit in the first set but won six straight points to force it into extras.
The Rebels fought off 11 total set points to take the set 35-33.
Central controlled most of each of the four sets but allowed the Fighting Irish to go on a 9-2 run to close set two with a 25-22 advantage to tie the match at one set apiece.
However, the Rebels maintained their consistency in sets three and four, winning both of them 25-19.
Addisyn Casey was our Applebees of Farmington Player of the Game with an amazing 41 assists in the match.
Liberty Coleman led the team with 20 kills.
27-5-1 Central will play 20-2 Maryville for the Class 3 state title Friday morning.
Rebels head coach Tracie Casey says they won’t change their game going into the title match.
We’ll broadcast the game on J-98 starting with the Fliegs Equipment Pregame Show at 8:45.
Listen here tomorrow: Class 3 Volleyball State Championship on J98
Full Postgame with Tracie Casey:
Full Game Audio: Central 3 – Springfield Catholic 1: