Barlow remains perfect, wins SWC girls volleyball title
Updated 12:27 am, Wednesday, November 7, 2012
MILFORD -- Barlow, the SWC girls volleyball champion, still hasn't lost a thing in 2012. Weston made the Falcons sweat that statistic a little in the conference final on Tuesday night.
A back-and-forth first set finally went to the Falcons, and they jumped out to big leads after that in a 25-21, 25-20, 25-17 win at Lauralton Hall, taking their third league title in six years.
"Our backs were against the wall a couple of times," Barlow coach Steve Antal said. "The girls really stepped up and pushed through it."
Call them games or sets, but Barlow hasn't lost one, 63 in all while rolling to 21-0 going into the state tournament.
Weston (16-3) had a lead in the first set, though. As late as 18-16, the Trojans were in front.
What turned it around?
"Adrenaline," said tournament MVP Sarah McAniff, a senior who had 15 kills and 10 digs. "It was all adrenaline. We were so high on every point."
A few of McAniff's digs helped the Falcons regain control; Samantha Schwear (24 assists) set up Victoria Shea (11 kills, 11 digs) for big kills, and Barlow denied Weston every chance to regain momentum.
"If you get one of those early, it does so much for your confidence, your momentum. None went our way," Weston coach Jamie Charles said.
"The last two games, we got ourselves down in a hole early, but (the Trojans) were able to work their way out of it. It helps our girls become better players."
The Trojans had won 13 in a row since their Sept. 21 regular-season loss to Barlow.
"I think we were much more prepared and confident," Charles said. "We played so much more as a team, a confident team."
Barlow took leads of 11-3 in the second set, 6-0 and 15-6 in the third set.
Weston crept back in both, even getting as close as 19-18 in the second set, with help from Savannah Carpenter's 17 kills and 18 digs and Taylor Swanson's 23 assists. Anna Hengelbrok had six blocks.
Barlow just had too much, keeping its perfect season alive, not that Antal much wanted to look backward.
"What you did yesterday," Antal said, "doesn't count for tomorrow."
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SWC volleyball final
WESTON 21 20 17--0
BARLOW 25 25 25--3
Records: Weston 16-3; Barlow 21-0