It worked as Taylor tipped the ball past the Lion defenders and Haegen Boyer served an ace to make it 4-2. She later added another ace to tie the set at 4 while Leffler blocked Madeline Wieskamp to put the Rockets ahead for the first time in the set at 5-4.
The teams traded points until a double-hit by Des Moines Christian gave Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont the lead at 9-8.
It would be a lead the Rockets would not give up. Taylor recorded three kills and Leffler closed out the match with an ace as the Rocket players stormed the floor to celebrate a spot in net week’s state tournament.
“After we got that first set out of the way, we made adjustments as we needed and starting getting the momentum in our direction,” Genskow said. “Our kids are true fighters. They never gave up at any time or on anyone. They played hard with every point.”
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 19-25-25-20-15, Des Moines Christian 25-17-18-25-9
Serving — Tasha Alexander 19-for-21, 4 aces; Sadie Baugher 18-for-19, 1 ace; Haegen Boyer 21-for-21, 4 aces; Taylor Leffler 12-for-16, 2 aces; Paige Shafer 10-for-12, 1 ace; Karlie Taylor 12-for-14, 2 aces. Totals 92-for-103, 14 aces.
Spiking — Taylor 47-for-57, 27 kills; Alexander 36-for-43, 16 kills; Leffler 35-for-26, 8 kills; Baugher 9-for-12, 2 kills; Shafer 2-for-4; Boyer 1-for-2; McKinley Moore 9-for-10, 5 kills. Totals 129-for-154, 58 kills.
Assists — Shafer 49, Alexander 1, Baugher 1. Total 51.
Blocks — Alexander 3, Leffler 3, Moore 3, Taylor 2, Total 11.
Digs — Alexander 18, Boyer 18, Taylor 9, Baugher 8, Shafer 4, Leffler 1. Total 58.