Brashear added: “When Katie gets a nice run like that it kind of takes the pressure off.”
Trailing 11-3 in the first set, Western Tech showed some grit when Carley Boarman (team-high seven digs) made a tough dig of a hard serve by Hannah Lund that led to a point after a solo block by Rachael Durham.
In the second set, McCracken had five service winners, following McKenna Clevenger’s six straight service winners, after the Wolverines had tied it at 6.
But in the final set, it was aggressive serving that closed out the match as the Leopards had eight of their 20 aces.
Western Tech finished with four aces, led by Durham’s pair.
Despite Smithsburg’s serving dominance, Brashear was impressed with the Wolverines. “Hats off to them, they had great energy and they hustled and they scrapped and they should be very proud of their performance tonight,” she said.
Jett, in his 17th year as coach, will never forget this squad.
“This is one of my favorite teams to work with ever,” he said.
PERRYVILLE 3, DOUGLASS (P.G.) 0: The Panthers’ seventh straight trip to the Class 1A tournament resulted in a fifth state final appearance. Perryville (17-4) easily defeated Douglass, of Prince George’s County, 25-4, 25-7, 25-15.
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The victory gives the Panthers another crack at Smithsburg. The Leopards have beaten the Panthers in all four previous state finals.
“Tonight, I thought we played really well, we were very efficient with our serving and our hitting and that’s something we’ve been working on a lot at practice the last week,” Panthers coach Matt Borrelli said.
Senior Hailey Jones had 14 aces and six digs for the Panthers.