The KHSAA ruled that the teams did not follow its procedure for three-team tournaments, which cannot be seeded. There are four teams in the 42nd District, but Kentucky School for the Deaf withdrew well in advance of the tournament, and the seeded bracket was left intact for the remaining three teams.
Boyle, Casey meet in first match
Boyle had beaten Casey in Tuesday's championship match, and they met again in the first match Saturday after pairings were set by a blind draw. The result was the same, as Boyle won 25-16, 23-25, 25-13 to clinch a regional berth.
Casey then beat Lincoln 25-14, 25-27, 25-18 to eliminate Lincoln and make Boyle the district champion.
"We would love to have had that gold trophy, but really and truly, justice was served," Casey coach Allen Patterson said.
Boyle dominated the deciding game against Casey, racing to an 8-1 lead that grew to 19-7 at it largest point.
"It was a test of our character, and I'm proud of what my girls did and the way they came after it," Boyle coach Dana Stigall said.
Stigall said she and her players were motivated by a note posted in the locker room by junior Melissa Shannon that read in part: "Today is not an inconvenience. It is a test of our heart and our strength."
"They could have just said, 'this is not fair,' but they never did that," Stigall said.
Staub has 11 kills
Rachel Staub had 11 kills, five blocks and four service aces for Boyle (23-11). Meagan Lankford and Bruna Lozano had nine assists each, and Lankford had five service aces. Shannon had four kills and three aces, and Stephanie Slone had five kills.
Kelli Patten had seven kills and one block for Casey (18-9), Ellen Hogue had four kills, Bethany Snow had three and Jennifer Patterson had two.
"We would love to have beaten Boyle, but the only thing I'm disappointed in that in the third game we kind of laid down," Allen Patterson said.
Casey had its hands full in the third game with a Lincoln team that was given new life. Lincoln (3-16) rallied from a 20-13 deficit to win the second game and matched Casey's points for most of the third.
Patten had seven kills, seven aces and two blocks against Lincoln, Snow had nine kills, three aces and two blocks, Megan Byrd had two aces, McKinzee Weddle had three kills and Hogue and Meredith Coffey had two kills each.
Lincoln had only six players in uniform for the start of the match. Three others who had been taking a college entrance exam arrived during the second game.