LEXINGTON -- It only took a few points for Henry Clay to grab the momentum on Tuesday against Madison Southern in the semifinals of the 11th Region Tournament.
A booming block, a big kill and the Lady Blue Devils (24-15) were in control.
"We came out and we got shell-shocked," Southern coach Jeremy Grant said. "At that point, they all had their eyes wide. I called a timeout and told them to settle down. But there's was no settling down."
Southern simply couldn't recover.
Henry Clay rolled through the opening set and went on to pick up a 3-0 win over the Lady Eagles (28-5) at Tates Creek High School.
The Lady Blue Devils won by scores of 25-9, 25-19 and 25-15.
Henry Clay advances to the 11th Region Tournament title game to face Dunbar today in Lexington.
Southern played much better in the final two sets, but the best season in program history ended with a disappointing loss.
The Lady Eagles tied the school record for wins (28), won two regular-season tournaments and won the 44th District Tournament for the first time in 13 years.
On Monday, they beat Western Hills to advance to past the first round of the 11th Region Tournament for the first time in school history.
Southern lost just five times on the season, all against tough 11th Region opponents -- Bryan Station, Great Crossing, Frederick Douglass, Lexington Catholic and Henry Clay.
"There's nothing to hang our heads about," Grant said. "We lost five matches, four of them were to Top 25 teams. That's something to be proud of."
Henry Clay jumped out to a 8-1 lead in the first set. After a kill and an ace from Alyssa Evans, the Lady Blue Devils continued to pull away.
Grant considered calling another timeout, but didn't think it would do any good.
"There's nothing I could say," Grant said. "We were just out there as practice dummies."
Southern didn't quit, though.
The Lady Eagles took a 6-1 lead in the second set behind the serving of Kyla Atkins. A kill by Julia Bingham put Southern up 9-3.
Henry Clay tied the set at 10-10, then pulled ahead. Autumn Griffith and Atkins had aces, but the Lady Blue Devils were able to close things out.
Southern also had an early lead in the third set.
It was 3-1, then the Lady Eagles took a 6-4 lead on a kill by Bingham.
Henry Clay used a 6-0 run after that to re-gain the momentum.
"We just had a section there where we did a lot of stupid stuff," Grant said.
Sarah Mitchell had nine digs -- pushing her over 1,000 digs for her career and three kills. The senior is the only player in program history with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
Evans had eight digs, four kills and one ace. Atkins had 10 assists, six digs, five aces and one kill. Bingham had three kills and two digs. Avery St. John had three digs and two kills.
Hannah Martin had two blocks, two digs and one kill. Autumn Griffith had five digs and one ace, while Kennedy Easterling had four assists and three digs.