The No. 4 Lady Warriors beat the No. 5 Lady Titans, 3-0, on Saturday morning at Schroeder.

The Webster Schroeder girls volleyball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Section 5 Class AA tournament on Saturday morning with a 3-0 sweep over cross-town rival Webster Thomas.

The No. 4 seeded Lady Warriors (10-7) won by scores of 25-12, 25-14, 25-22 over the No. 5 seeded Lady Titans (4-13).

“We played well enough to win, but we’re going to have to play a heck of a lot better if we want to get past the next round,” said Schroeder coach Shawn Strege.

The Titans held the early advantage in Game 1, which was tied three times and had three lead changes.

Schroeder took the lead at 11-10, then on senior Emily Van Vessem’s service, the Warriors  established a 23-11 lead.

The second game started out similarly with four ties and two lead changes. Schroeder went ahead for good at 7-6, then on eighth-grader Ally Smith’s service, pulled ahead 14-7.

The third game never saw a three-point until Van Vessem’s ace ended the match. Game 3 was tied 14 times with seven lead changes.

“Any time we play Thomas, I feel both teams play a little tighter than usual,” said Strege. “Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad.

“Our serving gives us a huge advantage in a lot of matches, but it’s tough when they don’t go in.”
Schroeder freshman Cassie Campbell added an offensive boost with 11 kills.

“She’s a different type of hitter and people don’t know how to defend her as she hangs in the air that long,” Strege said. “That gives us a little bit of an advantage, too.”

Senior Jennie Ford dished off 30 assists.

“She’s the heart of our team,” Strege said.

Junior Libero Maggie Mutschler recorded 14 digs, and Van Vessem contributed 10 digs, five kills, and five aces.

“Getting five aces against a team like Thomas is golden,” said Strege. “Thomas played well. They’re young and they’ve got some quality players.

“There’s no rest for the rivalry. I think we’ll both be going at each other for a few years.”

Sophomore Katie McKrell added seven kills for the Warriors. Eighth-grader Emma Dunn had four kills in the one game she played.

Schroeder advances against No. 1 seed, and undefeated, Penfield in the semifinals on at 7 p.m. Tuesday at a site to be determined.