ThisWeek Staff Writer

A big second-game deficit didn't deter the Heath High School girls volleyball team as it rolled past West Jefferson 25-20, 29-27, 25-19 in a Division III district final Saturday at Pickerington North.

Trailing twice by nine points at 14-5 and 15-6, the top-seeded Bulldogs quit beating themselves and forged a tie at 20 on hustling defensive plays on the right side by Megan White and the left by Tavia Croom.

Kenisha Body's kill tied the game at 24, and White's kill moments later allowed the Bulldogs to move to game-point, leading 28-27.

An ace by Croom ended the game, and from there, the match wasn't in any doubt as Heath advanced to the regional for a third consecutive season.

"We said we just needed to get it together," said Body, who finished with 13 kills and seven blocks. "We knew this is what we've been working toward. We knew we needed to step it up, and we did."

The Bulldogs never trailed in the first or third games. They improved to 23-2 overall and play in a regional semifinal Wednesday in Wilmington.

The third-seeded Roughriders, who surged to the second-game lead behind the serving and attacks of Wright State University basketball recruit KC Elkins, finished 24-2.

"Our strategy (in the second game) was to just finish it," Heath coach Shela Croom said. "To come back the way we did, we just knew if we won it and got to the third game, we had all the momentum."

Kelly Roberts had 12 kills and White had 10 kills with 32 assists. Trish Waddell had 16 digs for the Bulldogs.