|Fri, Dec 20, 2013 12:13 PM
|Issue of December 18, 2013
September 26, 2012 | 10:02 AM
Eleven-point losses in games one and two didn't deter South Central's volleyball team from fighting back. The Lady Rebels put solid play together, eventually winning the next two games before dropping the fifth to Crawford County.
The Lady Pack survived the trip to Elizabeth Thursday, escaping with a 25-14, 25-14, 22-25, 22-25, 15-7 win.
South Centralís Zoe Zwiebelmann blocks a kill attempt by Crawford County in the third game Thursday. Zwiebelmann, an exchange student from Germany, has helped the Lady Rebels on the front line. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)
"It is an improvement," South Central coach Patty Shaffer said. "We struggled last Friday (vs. Crothersville), then went to Henryville Tuesday night and really struggled. I felt like we hit that lull in the season where the girls were getting down on themselves. Tonight, they came out with a little bit better intensity."
Crawford County had little trouble in the opening games. The Lady Pack held a 15-10 advantage before closing on a 10-4 run. In game two, Crawford County led from gate to wire, led by six aces, including three from Laken Fraime.
Bouncing back, South Central opened game three with a Sabra Walker ace to gain some momentum. Play around the net also picked up with Zoe Zwiebelmann scoring on a block and kill to put the Lady Rebels up 4-1.
Paige Biddle and Kayla Elsea contributed Lady Pack spikes to eventually knot the set at 9. From there, the game tied again at 11, 12 and 13. Kelsey Eckart came through with three consecutive aces to pull South Central away from ties to lead 16-13. After a Zwiebelmann kill to go up four on the next serve, the South Central team came alive with energy.
Crawford County, however, fought back. Brooke Sauer, Elsea and Biddle put in winners to eventually tie the match once again at 19.
A Lady Pack side-out, followed by a Walker kill and winners from Samantha Turner forced a Crawford County time-out. The pause in action didn't stop South Central from closing out the game, aided by a late kill from Lela Board.
"Zoe, our German exchange student, had done a great job," Shaffer said. "She has great reflexes at the net and also helped us at setter. With Haley (Shaffer) out (with an injury), we don't have to work Sabra too much and Zoe can help."
A boat-load of ties (11) filled game four. Neither team could muster a lead of more than two points until late.
Tied at 20, South Central took the lead off a side-out. The point was followed by Turner tipping a winner to an open spot and Eckart delivering a spike to put the Lady Rebels ahead 23-20. Crawford County won the next two points, but the final two belonged to South Central via a Walker kill and Crawford County error.
"Samantha Turner came in with a few good attacks for us," Shaffer said. "It's about baby steps for us because we are so young. I see us making progress. We had 10 days of rough roads, but they came out today and really played. It was fun to watch, and you could see them having fun on the court."
Service errors doomed South Central in the quest to 15 points. Five of Crawford County's 15 points came by way of South Central service errors.
Elsea took over in the middle for Crawford County, sending home four consecutive winners to build a 7-2 Lady Pack advantage. Crawford County was then shaky at the service line, giving up four points through errors.
The Lady Pack fought through, eventually ending the game with a Alexis Bowling winner.
"We had better net play than we've had," Shaffer said of the match. "I'm so disappointed with the serving errors. I know it's playing with pressure in that last game, but their emotions got the best of them. I told them, when they play scared, we don't do things well, like serving or attacking. We played not to lose."
South Central will face Christian Academy of Indiana on Friday in Elizabeth.