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Lanesville setter Hannah Conder looks to pass the ball to a teammate while Mackenzie Schmelz (5) gets into position Thursday versus Borden. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Lanesville rides 3-game streak


October 23, 2013 | 10:18 AM

"I think something is finally clicking with the girls," Lanesville volleyball coach Brittney Gayhart said.

In the regular season finale Thursday, Lanesville made the trip to Borden and came away with a third straight victory rolling in straight sets.

"We're on a nice three-game winning streak," Gayhart said. "It started with the Crothersville game and has carried on, beating West Washington and Borden tonight."

Using a balanced attack across the front line — six different Lady Eagles registered kills — along with a 95.5-percent serve percentage aided Lanesville against Borden.

During the three games, Lanesville held Borden under 20 points in each, closing with a 25-19, 25-12, 25-17 win.

"We've won seven or eight games, but we've played some really good competition," Gayhart said. "It's been helpful overall to play tough teams. I hope this win streak is a good sign and carries over to (sectional)."

Game two was Lanesville's most impressive against the Lady Braves.

Haylie Walter had a dig that led to a Borden error to kickoff a 6-0 start. Hannah Conder contributed a solo block, while Walter tossed in an ace to cap the spurt.

Working quickly in the offense, Lanesville had winners from Robyn Schoen, Mackenzie Schmelz, Walter and Conder to grow the margin to 16-4.

On the front row, Sydney Casabella got rolling, registering a pair of kills while Conder threw in a solo block to keep extending the lead. Showing the mixture of offensive weapons, Kirsten Henke closed game two with a kill.

"I don't recall one girl making a lot of great plays because it was pretty spread out, which is good," Gayhart said.

For the game, Walter led the Lady Eagles with seven kills while Schoen had five. Conder, Schmelz, Henke and Casabella had two each. Defensively, Schoen reached 10 digs while Walter had nine.

Game one started slower for Lanesville, falling behind 6-2. The four-point margin didn't last long, as Lanesville won seven of the next eight points. Peyton Blank had an ace during the run, along with Borden overpassing a serve that gave Lanesville the 9-7 lead.

Once Lanesville led in game one, it didn't let it go. Schoen and Conder, the program's lone seniors, had blocks in the opener.

Early on in game three, the competition was a bit more back and forth. Borden's Megan McNew recorded an ace to cut Lanesville's lead to 18-15, but Lanesville responded with a Schmelz hammer.

Walter caught the hot hand late in game three, throwing in a pair of kills while Schoen ended the night with a winner.

"The third set, I don't know if we relaxed or what, but it was the sloppiest of the night," Gayhart said. "We dug a little hole in the first set, but, overall, I was pretty pleased with their play. They had a good attitude and showed they wanted to play today."

At the service line, Walter and Conder had two aces each while Emily Davis, Blank, Casabella and Schoen had one apiece. Blank was particularly strong serving, having won nine points at the line.

"We've been putting up a lot of serves in the last several practices," Gayhart said. "I feel we should serve the other team off the court, but it's also to work on our serve-receive. If you can't pass in volleyball, you won't have much of an offense."

Gayhart said they had a scare two weeks ago when Conder suffered a knee injury in a home match versus Henryville. The senior has been able to bounce back and play in the last two games.

"Honestly, I thought she'd be out for the year," Gayhart said. "She got released and has come back. I'm still easing her back in. We want to be cautious."

Lanesville opened the Class A Christian Academy of Indiana Sectional last night (Tuesday) against New Washington. If the Lady Eagles won, they will return tomorrow (Thursday) to face the Borden/Rock Creek Academy winner at 6 p.m. The championship will take place Saturday at 7 p.m.

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