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Lanesville, SC run into buzzsaws at Borden

Lanesville and South Central bowed out of the Class 1A Borden volleyball sectional Saturday.
The Lady Eagles, who defeated Henryville in the quarterfinal round on Thursday night, were clipped in three games by New Washington while South Central saw its season come to a close in a four-frame affair against Christian Academy of Indiana (formerly Graceland Christian).
The first match on Saturday pitted Lanesville against New Washington.
The Lady Eagles actually had early leads in two of the three games, but came up well short in their effort, 21-11, 21-7, 21-18.
Lanesville stayed close to the Lady Mustangs in the first frame, 10-9, on an ace by sophomore Leeann Wolfe.
Unfortunately, her next serve was in the net to start a four-point spurt by the opposition.
A kill by Maegan VanHoose gave the Lady Eagles their 11th point, however New Washington would end the game on a seven-point run.
Lanesville had just two kills in the game (both by VanHoose) while New Washington had 14, being led by Brittney McKee’s eight floor-denters.
The Lady Eagles were behind the 8-ball early in the second stanza as New Washington opened a 7-2 lead and pushed the advantage to 19-6.
Lanesville’s Shelby Acton marked a kill, but McKee countered with an ace and her fourth kill of the game to end with her team on top.
Lanesville trailed 3-0 in the final game before getting on the board with a kill by Audrey Hess.
The Lady Eagles stayed at New Washington’s hip the rest of the way and had the score tied at 18.
Lanesville had a hitting error and Cindy Kinder ended it for New Washington with a dink just inside the line and a kill.
For the entire match, New Washington had 25 kills, 10 aces and only eight hitting errors.
Lanesville had 10 kills, four aces, 15 hitting errors and five service miscues.
South Central didn’t fare much better in their matchup against the eventual sectional champions.
The Lady Rebels (6-22) were simply overpowered by the Lady Warriors’ strong front-line play and could only manage one game in a four-set loss, 21-12, 21-13, 19-21, 21-11.
‘We changed some things around recently because we wanted to go all out for sectional and I think we just weren’t totally used to the positions we were playing,’ South Central’s first year coach, Kara Boman said. ‘In the third game they picked it up. They can play like that all the time, but I don’t think they realize it.’
While they were overpowered, the Lady Rebels still showed plenty of heart with several nice rallies.
Trailing 6-2, South clawed back to 6-6 and then had the score at 14-11 after trailing by several points.
In the end of the first set, Jenna Marcum aced and marked a kill to go along with a couple of South hitting errors to pull off the win.
The Lady Warriors had a whopping seven aces, with Ashley McKnight carding four of them.
Christian Academy rolled out to a 9-2 lead in the second frame, with South’s only back-to-back points coming on a Warrior technical error and an ace by Melissa Biesel.
Later, Jennifer Babcock and Samantha Troutman both aced and Shannon Bruner had a couple of kills, but the effort wasn’t enough to overcome 13 kills by the Warriors.
Christian Academy’s third game was full of its own errors, with six hitting errors and four service errors.
Coupled with aces from Bruner and Megan Zumar, kills by Biesel and Angie Johns and some nice back row play by Kim Beanblossom, South Central had little trouble pulling off the 21-19 win.
The Lady Rebels started where they left off at the outset of the final game, with Bruner carding a kill and an ace. Christian Academy bounced back courtesy of a service error by South and a kill and dink by McKnight and Sarah Davis.
South never seriously challenged the rest of the way.
‘We had a girl out with a sprained ankle, another out on vacation and another taking her ACT, so we were a little short-handed,’ Boman said. ‘That’s not an excuse though. I thought the girls played hard, but it wasn’t quite enough.’