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By Jimmy Trodglen

Editor

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville High won the its first region championship last season, but there was one title that slipped from its grip.

Clarksville High lost to Rossview in last season’s district tournament title match, but it was determined not to experience that disappointment in consecutive years.

In dramatic style, Clarksville High won the District 13-AAA Tournament title beating West Creek in a four-set match, winning 26-24, 13-25, 30-28, 25-22 Thursday.

“Last year was kind of similar to this year,” Lady Wildcats coach Glen Fox said. “We had an injured person go down and our team kind of lost their structure and their insight. This year it happened again, so we had to really dig deep and show some maturity.”

The win moved the Lady Wildcats to 14-0 in district play and 17-0 overall. It’s the second time in three seasons the Lady Wildcats finished the regular season and district tournament unbeaten.

“I felt like we played really well all year and I didn’t want it to happen like this at the end of the year again,” Fox said. “I told the girls to keep playing and to play loose. They were kind of nervous and unsure when you have to mix your lineup. They plugged away and started getting a feel for it as they went on.

“Winning that third set really helped us.”

Clarksville High’s Gabi Reagan had 12 kills, three digs, three aces and six blocks. Jordan Steinsultz had 10 assists and six aces, while Molly Goins finished with 15 digs and five kills. Blakely Wilkerson added five kills and two aces.

West Creek, which lost all three matches this season to Clarksville High, had leads in each set. The Lady Coyotes held a 15-12 lead in the first set before the Lady Wildcats rallied to tie the score at 18 apiece.

“We were happy with the fact we pushed them at first,” Lady Coyotes coach Josh Stoeckl said. “We would have liked to have won the whole thing, but they’re resilient. We were in every set, we won one set and it was very tight matches.

“We had to make a lineup change two hours before the game and had never practiced the lineup. So, I’m pretty pleased with how they played.”

The Lady Coyotes dominated the second set, jumping out to a 14-5 lead before easily putting the set away.

West Creek owned a 7-1 lead in the third match before Clarksville High rallied, eventually tying the score at 19-19. Both teams swapped points until the Lady Wildcats escaped with a 30-28 win.

“We haven’t been down a lot this year, but we have had some times where we hadn’t played well,” Fox said. “That was one of those times when you’re not playing well. I told the girls you have to go back to your fundamentals, the things that you do well.”

Clarksville High and West Creek were tied at 21-21 in the fourth set before the Lady Wildcats pulled away for the tournament title win.

“West Creek always plays us tough,” Fox said. “They’re a very athletic team, they’re well coached, so we know we are going to get their best effort every night. I think every year it has been tough.

“They’ll be a tough team to get out in the region and I think it would be great if we both met each other in the region championship.”

Clarksville High and West Creek will travel toward Memphis to play in the region tournament Tuesday.

Jimmy Trodglen, editor, Twitter@Tnsports360