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Lady Panthers whip Meade

It took just 27 minutes for Corydon Central’s volleyball team to wave “good-bye” to Meade County’s Green Wave as the Lady Panthers cruised past the adversaries from the south, 15-0, 15-3, at Corydon last Tuesday night.
Senior Liz Marshall, who had a vigorous workout program over the summer that included running and weight-lifting, showed what off-season activity can do. Her powerful kills, timely blocks and pin-point serving were huge in the first game, where she recorded five points and got a side out on three spikes, a block, an ace and a dink.
“That’s the perfect example of a senior kid who doesn’t say much deciding to take it upon herself that she was going to shine in her final year. She’s a perfect role model for the younger kids,” Corydon coach Kim Briscoe said. “Her dedication to fitness has leaned her out and you can definitely tell it on the court. Hopefully the other girls on the team will see that and become motivated to do it.”
Dana Beaven, a freshman middle blocker, marked two points on a couple of stuffs, junior Beth Shireman banged home two kills and senior Heather Kintner marked on a dink and a game-ending ace in game one.
The Lady Panthers went the entire first set without letting the ball touch their side of the court.
“I’ve got nine kids who play volleyball very well and I have six more on the bench that want to. We don’t have anyone who is going to put dents in the floor, but we’ve got a lot of players who are right there and know how to play this game. I’m excited to see how we do against some tougher competition. If the girls can keep having fun and I can keep some players from being upset, I think we’ll be very good by tournament time,” Briscoe said.
Corydon Central lost just two players from a 23-8 team that lost 15-13, 15-9 in the first round of the Providence sectional last fall to eventual state finalist, Mitchell Lady Jackets.
After a Sam Mathews ace got things going in the second game, setter Heather Payne had a rare spike kill and Kintner dinked for a 4-0 advantage. Meade County finally scored their first point of the game on a Corydon hitting error, but the Lady Panthers thwarted any comeback thoughts by rattling off the next eight points on a Mathews kill, a Marshall kill and a back-row-attack and ace from senior defensive specialist Tabitha Gerdon.
The Lady Wave then scored two points back-to-back thanks to a pair of aces from senior Jamie Wathen. Shireman broke the sideout with a kill and Beaven blocked one and killed one to set up match point, which came on another Meade County hitting error.
“We’re still learning some of the offenses a little bit and I haven’t even worked on some other aspects that I’d like to incorporate, so we’ve still got some improving to do. For the first match of the season, I can’t be too disappointed,” Briscoe said. “Who knows how good we’ll be this season. Patience is a virtue and that patience will tell how good we’ll be.”