MICHIGAN CITY | Westville cruised to a 25-17, 25-16, 25-11 sweep Tuesday over Kouts in the opening game of the Class A Volleyball Regional at Marquette Catholic.
Leading wire to wire in game one and for the majority of games two and three, Westville (20-7) easily handled Kouts, who did not seem to have an answer for Ashley McClintock. McClintock totaled nine aces and 10 kills in the win.
"Ashley has been a beast all season," Westville head coach Omar Vazquez said. "She has been unbelievable, but (she) has been getting a lot of help."
Much of that help came from Samantha Albers, who had seven aces and 10 kills for the Blackhawks.
"She brings a lot to the table," Vazquez said of Albers. "Her improvement has been tremendous. ... Four of our servers were really good (Tuesday) and took advantage of a lot of free balls. We have a nice mix going."
Westville led from the start in the opening game, and really broke through with three consecutive service aces to open up a 13-5 lead.
Kouts (6-19) had an early 2-0 lead in both the second and third games, but a 5-0 run in game two with McClintock serving proved to be the difference. Beth Piotrowski had the clinching point in the game two win.
An 8-0 run with McClintock serving in the clinching game gave the Blackhawks a 19-6 lead, ending Kouts' season soon after.
Britney Sparks added 10 assists for Westville.
"I think with each game we've been getting better," Kouts head coach Karyl VanDyke said. "We knew (McClintock) was their bread and butter, but we are a young team excited about next year."
With the win, Westville advances to take on Gary 21st Century on Saturday in the semifinals.
"We will win that match and be in the finals," Vazquez said. "I've seen (Gary 21st Century) play. They do not have the personnel we have; it is that simple."