When you are a rebuilding squad such as Ravenna, yielding a major run means an early exit from the tournament.
Tuesday night at Boardman High School, the Pirates spotted the Ravens a two-point lead in the opening moments of their Division II sectional semifinal. Southeast then stormed back, registering the next eight points, seizing control of the game and the match, and eventually winning 15-4, 15-2.
The Pirates improved to 19-4 and advanced to tonight's sectional final against Youngstown Cardinal Mooney at 8 p.m. at Boardman.
"It's tough; we've struggled to come out of the grove," said Ravenna rookie coach Geoff Wagner after his team concluded the season at 5-18. "When a school is used to being down, it's used to being down. It's hard to get out of that.
"It's going to take a couple years to get the program to the point where they know they can win. I just don't know that (the girls) came out confident that they could win the match."
In competing against the Pirates, who have been dominant during this decade, having won the last three Portage County League championships, the Ravens saw first-hand what confidence can do.
Trailing 3-1 to start the contest, Southeast got things even when Jodi Dillon served for two points, preceding a scoring drought that featured eight sideouts by both sides.
Finally, senior Angie Finch got the ball rolling for the Pirates when she served for six points.
Deanna Dremann gave Southeast the lead for good with a dink and a kill that made the score 5-3. The lead increased to 6-3 and Ravenna called a timeout.
It didn't help as the Pirates rattled off three more points, including kills by Dillon and Dremann.
The second game was never in doubt. The Pirates' Tiffany Hilliard opened it with an ace and Southeast just continued to add to the advantage, going ahead by four points, then nine, and finally 13.
"I think we played well and aggressive, and all 12 girls contributed," said Southeast coach Mary Tarka.
The front line of Dremann, Dillon and sophomore Jacki Burkey sparked the Southeast effort as the trio combined for 18 kills. Finch had eight points and 19 assists.
Tarka was impressed with Dremann's play.
"She was the one that was really killing the ball and blocking," said Tarka. "She was really putting (Ravenna) off-balance. She was doing a very good job."
Emily Nelson led Ravenna, serving for two points.
Boardman Division II Sectional Tournament
Southeast over Ravenna, 15-4, 15-2
(At Boardman High School)
SOUTHEAST _ Angie Finch, 8 points, 19 assists; Deanna Dremann, 7 kills; Jodi Dillon, 5 points, 6 kills; Jacki Burkey, 5 kills.
RAVENNA _ Emily Nelson, 2 points.