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CC fails to climb FC’s Peak

Twenty-six unforced errors, an inability to cover the back corners and a bit too much of Floyd Central junior Erin Peak spelled doom for Corydon Central’s volleyball team here last night.
Peak and classmate Audrey Curry accounted for a brunt of the Lady Highlanders’ scoring load in a three-set sweep of Corydon, 21-15, 21-16, 22-20.
The Lady Panthers (20-7) more than held their own throughout the night, but for every run made, they gave away points on shots blasted out of bounds, lifts or service errors.
The first frame was tight, with the last tie coming at 9-9. That’s when Peak had an ace and a scoring block and Curry won a joust against Corydon sophomore Stannye Wolfe for a 12-9 advantage.
The three-point lead held up until Lady Panther junior Dana Beaven marked one of her five kills in the game to trim the deficit to 14-12.
Floyd went on a 7-3 scoring run, powered by a dink by senior setter Tiffany Smith and two kills by sophomore Kellie Kiesler, to end the first game.
The Lady Panthers never got on track in the second game.
Corydon started off with four consecutive hitting errors and trailed 9-2 before making the game interesting.
Beaven and Jackie Turner each had kills, Beaven teamed up with Wolfe for a scoring block and a Cassie Mathews save set up a Beaven dink to the corner to bring the hosts to 19-16.
A kill by Curry and a Corydon hitting error squashed the Lady Panthers’ hopes, however, 21-16.
The best game came last, where the two clubs battled back and forth and matched big hit with big block and amazing play with amazing play.
Wolfe had a scoring block to start the game, but Floyd’s Jenna Ragland answered with a kill, Curry dinked and teammate Katie Ferree aced for a 3-1 lead.
The advantage ballooned to 5-1 on a Corydon hitting error and another ace by Ferree.
The Lady Panthers took advantage of two Floyd hitting errors, but the Lady Highlanders countered with another short run on two kills by Peak.
Down 10-6, Corydon’s most spirited moment came at the best possible time.
Wolfe had a block and a kill, Leslie Radcliff had a scoring block and Wolfe had another stuff to tie the match at 10-10.
Peak dinked to snap the run and Ragland added another kill.
Thanks to a Floyd technical error (in the net) and a Mathews ace, Corydon retied the frame at 12-all.
Floyd took a 15-13 lead on kills by Cassie Smith and Ferree, but Beaven came back with two powerful strokes.
Corydon’s lone senior, sure-handed setter Krista Wolfe, got in the scoring action with a headsy play for a kill to tie it at 16-16.
That’s when the wheels came off for Corydon: the Lady Panthers had three straight hitting errors.
Following a Corydon time-out, Floyd had its share of hitting woes as it had a service error and two hitting mistakes to bring the hosts to 19-19.
Ferree had a scoring dink, but a teammate had a hitting error to knot the game again.
Floyd closed out the match with a kill by Peak and another by Ferree.
For the night, Beaven had 14 kills, four scoring blocks and a dink, Stannye Wolfe had three blocks with two kills and a dink, Krista Wolfe had a dink, block and kill and Mathews had an ace to go along with some nice back-row saves.
Corydon was hampered by 19 hitting errors and five mishits on service. The Lady Panthers, who had two technical errors, had a pair of aces on the night (Mathews and Chrissy Crecelius).
Floyd had 12 hitting errors and eight shots into the net on service. The Lady Highlanders picked up three aces (Ferree 2, Peak).
— Corydon finished in third place at Saturday’s Boonville Tourney. The Lady Panthers picked up wins over Rossville and Sullivan in Pool Play and downed Mt. Carmel in the consolation round.