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Waldron loses five-set thriller to Bloomfield in volleyball regional semifinal round

Waldron handled the pressure of its first volleyball regional appearance adeptly.

Playing on a familiar court against a team making its fourth-straight regional appearance, the Mohawks rolled out to 1-0 and 2-1 leads against Bloomfield Saturday morning at the Class A Morristown Regional.

The Cardinals never buckled under the pressure of being behind and rallied to win sets four and five to end Waldron’s season, 22-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-21, 15-8.

The Mohawks finished 22-11 this season, winning the Shelby County Tournament title and the program’s first sectional championship.

In the second semifinal, Indianapolis Lutheran defeated Indiana School for the Deaf, 25-18, 25-7, 26-24.

In the championship match, Bloomfield rolled past the Saints, 25-19, 25-18, 25-20.

The regional title was the seventh in program history for Bloomfield and fourth in the last nine years.

Bloomfield (20-11) will face Trinity Lutheran (29-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Columbus East Semistate.

At Frankfort Saturday in the other Class A semistate, Kouts (27-7) battles Lafayette Central Catholic (25-9).

The state championship match will be played at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie on Nov. 6.