Chico falls in pivotal district match

By Austin Jackson | Published Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
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Down one set in a fight with Poolville for district supremacy, Chico libero Reagan Hardee dove headfirst into a water cooler for a dig.

Later that set, fellow senior Micheala Martin raced to the pinnacle of the net and unleashed one of her 11 kills, screaming “Let’s go!” as she led the Lady Dragons to a 25-22 set-two win.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

On senior night with a district title on the line, Chico’s seniors were everywhere, leaving everything on the court.

But after taking the second set, Poolville ensured the set would be the last win for Chico’s senior class in their home gym, as the Monarchs claimed the next two sets, winning 3-1 (12-25, 25-22, 13-25, 25-27).

Poolville, which entered the game tied with Chico for first place, is now in the driver’s seat for the district title.

“We wanted it. It was our shot,” Martin said. “It’s something we’ve been fighting for. We played our game and they played theirs. I couldn’t ask for a better night. We fought hard for this.”

Chico (18-9, 8-2) now sits in second place with just two game before the playoffs.

Chico coach Ciandra Seabourn was happy with how her team fought, but said Poolville had their number this season. Chico’s only two district losses came against the Monarchs.

“Our nerves got to us in the first set but we fought,” Seabourn said. “It’s a bittersweet feeling. It’s been a joy to coach these seniors here on this court – but I’m looking forward to playoffs right now.”

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

With their backs against the wall in the fourth set, Chico pushed Poolville to the brink with a 4-0 run, tying the set at 25. But the Monarchs responded, scoring two straight points to ice the win.

After the game, Hardee said it hadn’t quite sunk in that this would be her final home game. She led the team with 23 digs.

“It hasn’t hit me hit,” she said. “But it’s going to hit me soon, I’m never going to play volleyball [on this court] at least.”

Maddie Hager, who’s battled an injury this season, played a pivotal role for the Lady Dragons. She served two aces, buried four kills, dished out 10 assists and made 15 digs. Cassie Byers finished with five kills, three blocks, 15 assists and nine digs. Macy McDaniel finished 16 digs.

Chico will travel to Bryson Friday before ending the regular season against Three Way.

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