Girls volleyball

Noll advances past Madison-Grant in close, straight sets

2013-11-02T16:00:00Z 2013-11-02T23:03:15Z Noll advances past Madison-Grant in close, straight setsDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 02, 2013 4:00 pm  • 

BREMEN | Bishop Noll coach Dave Rodriguez called Madison-Grant scrappy.

And that's just the kind of team he doesn't like to play.

The Argylls gave BNI all it could handle in the Class 2A Bremen Semistate opener Saturday, but the Warriors won in straight sets 25-22, 25-21, 25-23.

"We don't like to be dug; we like to put the ball down and turn and celebrate," Rodriguez said. "They picked up a lot of balls and started to figure out some things that we were doing so we had to change."

Overall, Madison-Grant totaled 30, led by Madison Snyder's 15.

The one time when the Argylls had the momentum was in the third set. Rodriguez called a timeout to settle his team.

"When I called the timeout I told them 'Look, we didn't get here by being scared, being hesitant, being reserved,'" Rodriguez said. "If we kept doing that, we'd be out of here. So I told them not to rush and to just play."

Madison-Grant (26-10) held a small lead as late as 23-22, but coach Robert Holloway was called for a substitution mistake and Bishop Noll was awarded a point. The Warriors (29-9) didn't squander the opportunity and did just enough to advance to the championship.

"We're just playing with reckless abandon right now," Rodriguez said. "We've gone further than any Noll team has ever gone and we're just going to have fun with it."

Carly Cappello had 20 kills for the Warriors, while Asya Hobbs added 12 and seven blocks. Emily Johnson had 16 assists and Brittany Anderson had 13.

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