Malden, Campbell reach Bootheel Conference volleyball championship again
KENNETT, Mo. - The Malden Green Wave and Campbell Camels are set to collide in the championship of the Bootheel Conference varsity volleyball tournament for a second straight season after collecting semifinal victories Wednesday night.
No. 1 seeded Malden outlasted No. 4 seeded Portageville 25-17, 20-25, 25-12 in the first varsity semifinal Wednesday.
“Portageville did not give up,” Malden coach Brittany Crane said. “We had to use all of our cards. I think the difference in the third set was we started to hit more which gave them fewer opportunities to run their offense and hit at us.”
No. 2 seeded Campbell followed by beating No. 3 seeded Caruthersville 25-22, 25-16 in the second varsity semifinal.
“We were concerned because we knew Caruthersville had a big middle hitter,” Campbell coach Gentry Vancil said. “She was our challenge. We knew we needed to score with her on back row and we did that well tonight. We just hit the ball very well and did a good job of keeping our composure. We are a focused team right now. We have some goals and that’s a good thing.”
Defending champion Malden will square off against Campbell in the varsity title game of the conference tournament Thursday at 7 p.m. at Senath-Hornersville High School.
“They will be a tough opponent,” Vancil said. “It will be a fun game because the girls on both teams are friends and know each other. Malden has some tough players at every position but we are going to try out best to get a win.”
Malden (16-4-1) beat Campbell (16-11-1) in straight sets on Oct. 1.
“When we hit I feel like we can give anyone a run for their money,” Crane said. “We’ve just got run our offense.”
Notes: No. 1 seeded Campbell will play No. 2 seeded Caruthersville in the championship of the Bootheel Conference junior varsity tournament beginning Thursday at 6 p.m.