WAVERLY — The Portsmouth Trojans finished as a district runner up Saturday after losing to Adena in straight sets in a Division III District Final match.
Portsmouth was led by Aiden Fields who recorded 10 kills. Lyda Spencer and Anne Marie Raies contributed with five and four kills respectively. The facilitator of the offense was Allison Douthat who dished out 17 assists. Defensively, Baleigh Bradley recorded 15 digs.
The seconded-seeded Trojans had problems containing the top-seeded Warrior offense throughout the match.
“Adena has a good program, you can’t take anything away from them,” Trojans head coach Sarah Prosch said. “(Devon Putnam) hit the ball phenomenal. Our plan was to stop her and she’s just unstoppable. It’s hard to go up against a team like that. I felt like we never gave up. I felt like our front row did a phenomenal job … She’s just an all-around good player.”
Portsmouth also had trouble with unforced errors during the match.
“We talked about it after the first game. They weren’t doing anything to beat us, we were beating ourselves,” Prosch said. “We were just doing the little things wrong. We kept trying to fix that but it just wasn’t our night.”
Even though the Trojans fell in the district final, Portsmouth made history along the way. It’s only the second time in school history the Trojans have competed for a district title.
“This is our first time being here since 2001 and the second time a Portsmouth volleyball team has been here,” Prosch said. “This is the first time in my coaching career that I’ve been here. It’s tough to come in here inexperienced and not know, but these girls have made a lot of firsts. The seniors were the first to win an OVC championship for our school. We turned the program around. These seniors were there from the beginning. We were only winning two or three games, now we’re winning 16 or 17 games a year.
“Making it here was awesome and amazing, but it’s more about what we’ve done. We’ve done this. We’ve turned our program around. We are here and hopefully next year we can get back and win.”
While the day was bitter sweet for Portsmouth, Prosch is excited for the program and the direction it’s headed.
“I love the fact that we are here and I love the fact that these girls worked so hard to get here,” Prosch said. “They’ve pulled through somethings we had to go through and they overcame them, and it was phenomenal.”
Portsmouth will lose Bradley and Ali Andre to graduation.
“Those two have been phenomenal all four years,” Prosch said. “They stuck through everything, thick and thin. Good times and bad times, they’ve been the leaders on and off the court. They are going to be really missed. Ali brings a lot of good attitude to the team, a lot of hustle. She does a lot of work out there in more than just playing volleyball.
“Baleigh is so quick, she gets everywhere. It’s impossible to replace that sometimes. Those two are going to be extremely difficult to replace. They are going to be really missed. We love them.”
Adena def. Portsmouth 25-12, 25-13, 25-11
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