Sophomore Abby Johns served an untouched ace for the Lady War Eagles’ 3-1 victory (25-18, 25-17, 23-25, 27-25) over Walker in the Class A title game at Marietta High School last Saturday.
“I just had to get in,” said Johns of the final serve. “That was all I was worried about—just hit it to the area where coach told me.”
“Serving out of that game was just key,” Landmark coach Sheri Creamer said. “It shows what our whole team is like. Everybody steps up and takes the job they are asked to do and they do it well.”
Senior Tiffany Creamer had 26 kills and junior Lilly Kessler added 13 for the Lady War Eagles (41-14 overall, 9-0 Area 3-A), who ended the season with 15 straight wins and avenged a 2-0 setback to the Lady Wolverines (34-8) on Aug. 30.
“I’m so thankful to God that he has brought us this far,” Kessler said. “We have to give all the glory to Him.”
“Lilly was phenomenal on the right side and Tiffany had some key kills,” Sheri Creamer said.
With Landmark barely holding on to a 2-1 series edge, Creamer’s final kill broke a 25-25 tie to give the Lady War Eagles another serve. Then with all the pressure on her, Johns served the ball well over the net and on the line for the final point.
“We’ve been working all year for this,” Johns said. “It finally came down to it and we won.”
“We’ve scouted their team and we were keying on certain areas for serves,” Sheri Creamer said. “She is a phenomenal server. I can call any zone on the court and she is going to get it there. She did her job and it was a beautiful thing to see.”
In the first two games, the Lady War Eagles would fall into early 3-0 holes but would eventually recover and comfortably win both sets, thanks to errors by Walker and kills by Kessler and Creamer.
“I just came out fired up,” Kessler said. “We had been practicing a lot on finding open holes on the court and I just saw them and put the ball away.”
“She had an amazing game and she really stepped up,” Tiffany Creamer said.