Mustangs advance to State title game

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
The Chillicothe Junior High eighth-grade volleyball team poses after its wins over Monticello and Beecher Saturday. They are, front row, from left, Livi Scott, Maddy Dunbar, Hailey Bergen, Olivia Gould, Katie McMorrow, Abby Camp and Brynn Ginger. Back row, from left, coach Bethany Kraft, Shaylee Fritzinger, Casy Grove, Madi Johnson, Hannah Benson, Kaitlin Puterbaugh, Shelby Daum, Kristin Gray, Ali Abbadusky and assistant coach Troy Webb.

The Chillicothe Junior High eighth-grade volleyball team is on the way to the State championship after wins on Saturday against Monticello  and Beecher.

The Mustangs qualified for the State title in 2009-10 but were runner ups.

CJH faced Pleasant Plains (20-1) in the championship match Tuesday.

Pleasant Plains won the State championship in 2010, 2011 and 2013. 

In the first round against Monticello, the Mustangs won with two sets, 25-19, 25-21.

“We played the net very well versus Monticello,” coach Bethany Kraft said. “We were told they have a strong right hitter so during the practices we prepared for that, so I think that helped us take control.”

Casy Grove led the Mustangs with 11 points and four aces. Shaylee Fritzinger was next with seven points and four aces.

“Abby Camp had a run of six points in a row, she really pulled through for us too in serving,” Kraft said.

Monticello was able to get a couple blocks on CJH but the team adjusted to the situation and got back in control for the win.

Against Beecher in the semifinals, the Mustangs won the first set 25-20 and won by nine in the second, 25-16.

“They were a smaller team but they were scrappy,” Kraft said. “I think our attacks really helped us win that game.”

Grove led again with 11 points but Camp was right behind with nine and had three aces.

Camp earned all of her points with a run in the second set.

“The past few games she’s really stepped up serving wise and has become a really strong server,” Kraft said.

Katie McMorrow had 11 assists and Olivia Gould finished with five.

Kraft said all the girls were important in the wins on Saturday.

“Even the girls not out on the court are awesome supporters and are up cheering after every point,” Kraft said.