Webb downs Northern in league finale
J.F. Webb head coach Ellis Crews spoke of the “winning” process following Tuesday’s 3-A Big Eight Conference finale at Northern Vance.
Crews said his Warriors haven’t always executed those steps this season. Webb (14-12, 6-8) will miss out on the state playoffs, but it did enough to take down rival Northern on its senior night, winning 3-1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-10, 25-22).
“You have to do some things to make yourself tough,” said Crews. “It’s a long process and the steps might not be easy. Sometimes we just kind of skip those steps and just want to go and play.
“It’s not that important that everybody wants to win,” Crews added. “It’s more important that everybody prepares to win.”
Webb closes its season at home today with Durham Riverside of the 4-A PAC-6 Conference.
Northern’s season has concluded. The Vikings will also miss out on the playoffs following a three-win league campaign.
Webb and Northern should each be preparing for more wins in the future after benefitting from their underclassmen this season.
Northern, which lost its third match of the season to Webb, honored seniors Jesse Edwards, Emily Hilliard, Elizabeth Gay, and McKenzie Gay.
“Anywhere I put these girls, they play anything,” said Vikings’ head coach Christa Mosley. “If I needed Emily to set, I’m pretty sure she would be an awesome setter too. As a whole, they’re awesome.”
Mosley said she was excited for next season and particularly about freshman Brianna Waller, whose play picked up down the stretch.
“She’s going to be my next big person,” said Mosley.
Northern didn’t have an answer at the net for Hayley Marshburn, who led Webb to the win in the first game.
Crews also credited Gabrielle Capps with strong defensive play.
“Hayley is the big dog,” said Crews. “Gabrielle’s passing and running the defense — she did a great job with that. And Hayley pretty much dominated with the offense. She kind of got into a bad groove in those last games. But opening set, God knows, was she incredible.”
Mosley said Emily Hilliard, Edwards’ hitting and McKenzie Gay’s blocking stood out for the Vikings, who tied the last game at 22 before Webb scored the final three points.
“Their coach is great,” Mosley said of Crews. “The girls played smart and I can commend him for them playing smart. It’s not all about putting the ball down. Sometimes it’s about being strategic.”
And preparing to win.
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