North Harrison slides past South in two
It was a night when one team could do no wrong and the other could do no right.
North Harrison traveled to Elizabeth last night for a girls volleyball tilt against South Central, making their trip worthwhile in a 15-7, 15-1 victory.
After exploding to a 6-0 lead behind kills from underclassmen Maggie Mathes and Tara Miller, the Lady Cats had a fight as South rallied to cut into the lead, 9-5.
During the stretch, the Lady Rebels’ Brooke Kingsley dinked for a point and Allison Hubert added an ace and a kill.
From there, however, North rattled off five unanswered points and raced off to the 15-7 win.
In the second set, Miller’s serving got the Lady Cats rolling to the tune of a 3-0 lead. Andrea Langemaat helped out the host team by leaning into the net for what turned out to be South’s only point of the game.
After going up 7-1, Miller made an incredible save by racing deep into North’s side and bumping a ball that was nearly in the bleachers. Candy Smith nailed a kill to give North the sideout, and Miller the serve.
She took full advantage by serving up the final eight points of the match and was helped out by a pair of Smith kills, an ace, and a match-ending dink into the back right corner by senior Meghan Churchill.
“We played terrible,” South coach Kathie Dawes said. “I think that’s the worst I’ve ever seen us play. We just never had anything together all night.”
The Lady Rebels are going through growing pains, Dawes said. She’s shuffling her lineup, trying different front-liners and testing her setters to try and find the right combination for success.
“We’re somewhat tall on the front row but we’re also very young there. There’s three different setters right now and our back row is still developing,” Dawes explained. “We’re struggling but as long as we continue to work, I think we’ll come along.”
South (2-5) has only played one school in its own class this season, with losses to New Albany, Providence, Ben Davis, Jennings County and now North Harrison.
“I don’t have a problem with losing to a 3A school or a 4A school, but I want to at least put up a good showing, which we didn’t do tonight,” Dawes said.
The Lady Rebels return to action on Thursday night when they host Paoli. They travel to Borden on Friday evening.
North Harrison plays Clarksville on Thursday night.
Lady Panthers win No. 100
Corydon Central scored its 100th win in the history of the volleyball program last Thursday night at home against Tell City.
The Lady Panthers, which were coming off a heart-breaking, three-game loss to Perry Central two night’s earlier, won 15-10, 15-2.
“The Perry game was a hot, barn-burner where we got off the floor at 11 p.m. that evening,” Briscoe said. “The Tell City win was the 100th of my career and for the history of the program, which was pretty nice.”
Corydon came off the Tell City match and played in the River Cities Invitational in New Albany this weekend.
The Lady Panthers emerged from the oh-so-tough tournament with a 1-4 mark with a win over Jeffersonville and losses to Floyd Central, Providence and New Albany.
The Gold and Black Attack will try for a bit of revenge this Thursday night when they host Floyd Central.
Tip-off for the first game is 5:30, beginning with the C-level squad. That will be followed by the JV and then the varsity.
“I think there’ll maybe be a little bit of revenge factor maybe when we take on Floyd Central. Hopefully that’ll get our rhythm going.”
The Lady Panthers are in the middle of a home stretch where they’ll play seven of nine matches on friendly turf. After last night’s match against Lanesville and Thursday’s set against Floyd, Corydon will host South (Sept. 4), Crawford (Sept. 6), its own 5-way tourney (Sept. 8), Brownstown (Sept. 11) and Evansville Reitz (Sept. 15).