PENDLETON, Ind. —
It set up a crucial Set 4, one that would see whether Connersville’s new found momentum could carry it to a fifth set or if Pendleton Heights could put the Spartans away.
The teams traded points early before the Arabians edged out to a 6-3 advantage.
Connersville (13-19) scored the next four points to go in front. The teams traded points until an illegal hit and two straight Gary points put Pendleton Heights up 12-10.
The Arabians stretched the lead to 17-12 and hung on from there, as the Spartans could not get closer than three at 18-15.
Pendleton Heights took a 24-19 lead on an illegal hit but gave the point right back on a violation. The Arabians returned Connersville’s Madison Lee’s serve, and Gary took care of the win, giving Pendleton Heights the match with a strong kill. Unofficially, Gary and Wilson had 12 kills each, and Wilson served up five aces.
Pendleton Heights (18-10) takes on host New Castle on Saturday at 11 a.m. New Castle is No. 3 in the state with a 26-3 record following a first-round sectional win against Mt. Vernon.
The Arabians lost 3-0 to New Castle earlier this season.
“I’m confident that we can come out Saturday and be competitive,” Ammirata said. “For us it’s just the little things, taking advantage when the opportunities are there.”