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Padua Ends Rams Tournament Run

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  Original Published: 10/31/2013

A pair of the state's top volleyball teams met in the Division II regional semi- finals at Ontario High School Thursday evening, with state number 1 Padua Franciscan clashing with 4th ranked Madison. The Lady Bruins entered the game at 24-1, while the Lady Rams were riding a 7-game winning streak at 24-2.

Madison knew they were in for a tough challenge, but would find out early in the first set just how good Padua really was. The Lady Bruins jumped out to a 4-1 lead and quickly ran away with the set 25-15, despite committing a number of unforced errors.

The Lady Rams would respond early in set number two, holding a 6-5 lead, but that would be the last time in the match Madison would find themselves out in front. Padua outscored the Lady Rams 20-9 to close out set two 25-14 and continued riding that momentum into set number three. The Lady Bruins raced out to a 12-4 start and cruised to a 25-18 victory to close out the match and advance to the regional finals.

After the match Madison head coach Brian Votaw said he was proud of the effort his girls played with, but was perhaps more impressed with the talent of the competition.

"I walk away from here not disappointed, not upset at my team." Votaw said. "We gave the best we could, but sometimes people are taller and more athletic, they hit it over the top of you and that's the way it goes."

Votaw said the Lady Bruins were the best team he's ever played against and that he hadn't anticipated the dominate performance displayed by senior outside hitter Emily Marcinowski. Votaw also said despite the loss that his team had accomplished what they set out to do.

"Our goals were to win a conference championship, go deep in the tournament." Votaw said. "We accomplished our goals."

Madison wraps up their season as district and co-OCC champions at 24-3. Padua Franciscan, who are number 8 on MaxPreps National Volleyball Rankings, move on to the D II regional finals at 25-1 where they will face 17-9 Toledo Central Catholic, who defeated Celina in 3-games in their regional semi. They will play at Ontario Saturday at 5 p.m.

   
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