Lady Cats find their swing against Lanesville
Statistically, there wasn’t much difference between the volleyball teams from Lanesville and North Harrison in their match Thursday night. Hitting errors, service errors and technical errors were fairly even between the two clubs. But in the only stat that matters — the one on the scoreboard — North Harrison was heads and shoulders better than the visiting Lady Eagles.
Thanks to a strong performance by the three M’s (Maggie Mathes, Tara Miller and Cassie Milburn), the host Lady Cats rolled past Lanesville in straight sets, 21-13, 21-14, 21-19.
Mathes and Milburn each had six kills, with Milburn adding a dink, and Miller racked up seven floor-denters, three scoring blocks, three aces and a dink. In her first match following surgery to remove a cyst, North senior Candy Smith had an assist to go along with four kills.
“You hate to single players out, but those three really got after it and had some incredible hits for us,” North coach Beth Burson said. “We kind of got a little lackadaisical there in the third game and hurt ourselves with a ton of hitting errors. We’re getting better at that, but you couldn’t tell it there.”
Lanesville coach Lindsay Davis said her team might have been beat before the first ball was served.
“I don’t like to play teams like this. Teams like this or Corydon that hit the ball really hard give us troubles. When we play teams more our level, that don’t hit it quite as hard, we’re competitive. When we beat South Central the other night, they didn’t hit the ball any harder than we did,” Davis said.
“We’re scared. The girls told me they were scared, especially the girls who never played before. I have a couple of sophomores who never picked up a volleyball until the first day of practice.”
North led gate-to-wire the first two games, but the Lady Eagles opened up a 5-3 lead to start the third. North rallied and took as much as an eight-point lead before Lanesville came back to 19-18 and 20-19. In the end, however, the Lady Cats were too strong offensively.
Brooke Redden added a dink and a block, and sure-handed setter Lindsay Shroyer had a dink and a kill for North, which had nine service errors, 19 hitting errors, four technical mistakes and four aces. Lanesville also had nine service errors to go along with 18 shots into the net, three technical mistakes and no aces.
“We’re beginning to play like a team,” Davis said. “Earlier in the season, we had some in-team quarreling and things, and at South Central was the first time I saw them actually working together like a team. I think you saw that again tonight in the third game.”
Lanesville was paced by the net play of Shelby Acton, who had four kills and two blocks for scores. Audrey Hess had a pair of kills, Maegan Van Hoose and Brittany Mix each had a dink, Jessica Walter had a kill and a dink, and Leann Wolfe scored three times on a pair of dinks and a kill.
NH wins own Invitational
The Lady Cats cruised to their own North Harrison Invitational title on Saturday.
North defeated Cannelton, 21-10, 21-6, downed Mid-Southern Conference opponent Salem, 21-8, 21-10, held on against Tell City 21-17, 22-24, 21-12, and slipped past Borden, 21-14, 21-17.