BAYARD — Kaidee Livingstone recorded a triple-double with 12 kills, 22 digs, 12 service points and three ace serves to lead the Potter-Dix volleyball team to its second Class D1-12 sub-district championship in the last three years after the Coyotes held off Creek Valley, 3-1 (25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 25-15) on Tuesday night at Bayard High School.
Senior Conner Wolff, who finished with a team-high 15 kills and five blocks, said it was good to finally put last year’s loss in the sub-district championship behind them and focus on the Class D1-6 final against Sutherland on Thursday.
“It was really good to finally get past it,” Wolff said. “We’ve come together so much since the beginning of the year. Most of us played together last year, so we’ve had a lot of time to come together as a team. We just want to put everything out there. It’s all or nothing at this point.”
After going up 1-0 in the match with a four-point win in the first set, Potter-Dix had to climb out of a 16-6 hole behind the arm of sophomore Kinley Vowers, who served for 10 straight points to comeback and win the second set and take a 2-0 advantage into the third set.
“I’m just really proud of the comeback,” Potter-Dix coach Kristi Jung said of the Coyotes’ second set win. “We’ve been down a couple of times before. In the timeout I said ‘we’ve been here before.’ We’ve actually come back from being down 24-15 and won the set.”
Creek Valley, however, had a little comeback momentum of its own in the third set after overcoming a 22-13 deficit midway through the match. Sophomore Jillian Behrends took control of the set down 23-15, and served up an 8-0 run capped by a pair of service aces to take the lead, 24-23. Potter-Dix’s Amanda Maas tied it back up at 24-24 with a kill to end the service run, but the Storm rallied back with a kill from Jerelyn Straber to put Creek Valley into the win column, down just two sets to one.
The fourth set went back and forth early in the set, but Potter-Dix put together three straight points to go up 12-8 before capping an 8-2 run, giving them a considerable lead, 20-11. The Storm mustered three more points off of a kill by Stefanie Mitchell and miscues by the Coyotes, but it wasn’t enough as Livingstone and Regyn Hicks pounded down kills to shut the door on the Storm.
Jung praised her team’s ability to bounce back in the fourth set after being edged out in the third.
“When you relax, you play so much more aggressive and you just play better,” she said. “I was just really proud of them for the way they dug themselves out of that funk in the third set and came back to win the fourth.”
Jung also praised the leadership displayed by her five seniors on the squad, attributing much of the Coyotes’ season success to the role Wolff, Maas, Livingstone, Lindsay Harms and Juliet Ball have played throughout the season.
“I’ve just been so proud of their leadership,” Jung said of her seniors. “The five of them together have really been great role models for the underclassmen in their work ethic and their attitude out on the court. Our seniors have stepped up to take that leadership role. It’s awesome whether they’re yelling from the bench or whether they’re encouraging each other out on the court, so I’m glad to see them get one step closer. It would be awesome to get all the way there for them.”
Along with Wolff and Livingstone’s performances in the contest, Vowers recorded a double-double with 30 digs, 17 points and two ace serves; Regyn Hicks finished with a double-double 10 kills and 26 digs; Maas collected nine kills and three blocks; and Taylor Juelfs added 36 set assists and 12 service points.