The varsity boys volleyball team hosted the OHSBVA West Region tournament this past week and found themselves playing in the regional finals on Saturday afternoon. Standing in their way of yet another trip to Capital University for the state tournament was a familiar foe, the top-seeded Beavercreek Beavers. The Beavers had swept both matches from the Elks this year, winning 3-0 at CHS and then 3-1 at home a few days later.
The boys knew they had their work cut out for them and came out focused and energized in front of a large and raucous crowd. The boys stormed to a big lead and then held on for a 25-22 win in the first set. They kept that momentum going by jumping out to leads of 9-2 and 11-4. Trailing 12-6, the Beavers ran off four straight points to pull within two at 12-10. The Elks got a point to go up 13-10, but West region player of the year and future Ohio State Buckeye Parker Mikesch served the Beavers to seven straight points and a 17-13 lead. Following a Centerville point, the Beavers scored eight of the next ten points to take the second set, 25-16, and even the match at a set apiece. Those in the gym could feel the momentum shifting and Beavercreek took full advantage. With the score 8-7 in Beavercreek’s favor, the Beavers ran off six of the next seven points to go up 14-8. The Elks made a run late in the set, but the Beavers held on for a 25-21 win and a 2-1 lead. Anything that could go wrong in the fourth set did for the Elks as the Beavers rolled to a 25-15 win to take the match 3-1 and punch their ticket to the state tournament next weekend at Capital University.
The Elks finish an up and down year at 14-12. Thank you seniors for all you have given to the program. We wish you nothing but the best of luck in all your future endeavors.