HARRISONBURG- It was Halloween night last year when Luray took the floor in the Shenandoah District Semi-Finals with the hopes of earning a berth in Region B Play. Julie Rothgeb and her Lady Bulldogs returned to Eastern Mennonite University Wednesday night to try and take the next step once again.
Luray was expecting to face #3 seed Stonewall Jackson but #6 seed Buffalo Gap upended the Generals 3-1 in the Quarter-Finals Monday in Quicksburg. Both Gap and Luray sat through a 5 set Marathon between Page County and Wilson Memorial that kept the night cap from starting until 8:52 P.M.
Gap did a better job of getting regrouped at the start of the match. The Lady Bison jumped out to a 7-1 lead but consecutive kills from Luray's Danielle Montgomery trimmed the lead to 11-10. Katie Cubbage scored her 1ST point of the match to get Luray within 17-13 but Gap put the opener away with a 5-0 run that led to a 25-18 victory.
The points that Cubbage didn't score in the opener came in groves during the remainder of the match. Trailing 3-2 in the second game Cubbage took five straight sets from Amber Turner and the senior converted on all five attempts. Turner and Cubbage remained on top of their games throughout the balance of a 25-17 win that evened the match.
Cubbage finished the second game with 8 kills and Turner closed out the victory with a kill of her own from the back row. LHS didn't slow down in Game 3 as Cubbage posted 4 blocks and 3 kills during the 25-18 victory. Cubbage had plenty of help in this one as Montgomery tallied 4 Aces and Alison Ross added 3 blocks and 1 kill to the attack.
Gap continued to battle the favorites but once again Cubbage dominated game 4. The totals during the 25-20 clincher: 9 Kills and 2 Blocks and for the match - 22 kills and 6 Blocks. Turner added five key kills to go with a truck load of assists, including one struck underhanded.
Cubbage and Turner spent four years together trying to take Luray back to the Promise Land and Rothgeb couldn't of been prouder of her seniors and her team.
"This is a very big win for our program," Rothgeb said. "It has been a while since our school has advanced to the Regionals. Our girls worked very hard and it has been a while since we have been taken seriously."
The next two games for Luray will be against Wilson Memorial and Starsburg, both District Champs but Rothgeb knows her team will be able to do what they have done all season.
"They have worked very hard all year," Rothgeb added. "This is a great group of kids that we have here."
Luray will play Wilson Memorial Thursday night at 7:00 P.M. back at EMU...
Region B Play starts on Monday night @ Starsburg. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night but was moved to Monday due to the Strasburg gym being used as a Polling Place for the Presidential election.
Shaun Cox covered the match for the News Leader and you can check out his gamer at http://www.newsleader.com/ .
Bill Meade was court side and you can check out his work in the next edition of the Page News & Courier...