CC sluggish early against Lanesville
Host Lanesville made life rough for Corydon Central in the first two games of a intra-county volleyball match last night, with the Lady Panthers finally getting their offensive focus late to pick up the victory.
Corydon held on for a win in the opener, 25-20, with Lanesville picking up a 25-21 come-from-behind victory in the second set. The visitors cruised in the second two games, 25-14 and 25-10.
‘Tonight was a spill-over from Saturday at River Cities (Invitational),’ Corydon coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘Lanesville is a scrappy bunch of kids who are very competitive. We have all kinds of swingers with four kids who can crush the ball, but there’s still no chemistry being established. When you have a team like Lanesville who is working hard to get better, they can beat you. We saw that in the second game.’
After an initial explosion by Corydon to start the first set, Lanesville rallied from a nine-point deficit to crawl back to within 22-19.
The comeback was due in large part to a service error and five straight hitting errors by the Lady Panthers.
Senior Dana Beaven had a kill and junior Stannye Wolfe followed with a floor-denter of her own to end the skid. Corydon had a foot fault to keep the game alive, but a Lanesville hitting error capped game one at 25-20.
The Lady Panthers opened the second frame with a 5-1 lead before Lanesville junior Maegan VanHoose powered her squad back into it to tie the set at 7-7. A Corydon hitting error gave the hosts their first lead of the night.
The Lady Panthers started to pull away and led 14-10 before a pair of VanHoose kills and another by junior Jessica Schmelz swung the momentum back in favor of the hosts.
Lanesville was able to pull ahead by four, 19-15, thanks to several miscues by Corydon. Beaven sandwiched a pair of kills around a block to bring her club back to 19-18, but that would be the final true push by the Lady Panthers in the game.
The Lady Eagles (2-7) went on to post the 25-21 victory.
‘Corydon is a really powerful team and I think we did a good job defensively against their hitters in the second game and got them a little frustrated,’ Lanesville first-year coach D.J. Zipp said. ‘We bounced back from that first game pretty well. I just thought our girls played their hearts out. I was really pleased with the effort all night.’
Lanesville showed plenty of backbone in the third game, but saw a 13-12 deficit balloon to 18-12 after kills by Wolfe and Leslie Radcliff and an ace by Beaven.
The Lady Eagles’ offense failed to garner a point the rest of the way as Corydon sailed off to the 25-14 win.
The fourth and final trip of the night saw the two clubs swap points in the early stages, only to have Corydon’s offense click on all cylinders for the remainder of the evening.
The Lady Panthers’ front line of Beaven, Wolfe, Radcliff and Jones put a flat spot in the ball with their powerful hits. Strong back line defensive play was turned in by Jessi Rhodes, Jackie Turner, Chrissy Crecelius, Miranda Melton and Cassie Mathews, too.
‘I think once we get our heads and our hearts in the right frame of mind, we’ll see the consistency and chemistry start coming along,’ Briscoe said. ‘Until then, I’ll have to question how strong this team really is. Right now, I don’t know how this team can handle adversity. I don’t know if a player went out if they would pull themselves up by the bootstraps or if they’d just throw in the towel. We’ll have to see.’
Beaven wound up with 19 kills, five blocks for scores and a pair of aces. Wolfe had 11 kills, Jones recorded three kills and two aces, Radcliff had four kills and a blocking score and Crecelius posted four aces.
For Lanesville, VanHoose had nine kills, a blocking score and two aces.
‘The other girls really feed off of her play,’ Zipp said of VanHoose.
Schmelz had four kills, Leeann Wolfe had a pair of aces and kills and Kirstie Hammond had four kills of her own.
Corydon Central returns to action tomorrow night at home against rival Providence at 5:30 while the Lady Eagles take to the court on the same night at home against Trinity Lutheran at 6:30.
In a match that ventured deep into the night, Corydon Central kicked off its volleyball season last Tuesday night at home with a thrilling four-set victory over Perry Central.
The Lady Panthers blasted the visitors in the opener, 25-10. Game two saw Corydon win, 25-21, before the Lady Commodores came back to snatch game three, 26-24. The hosts put the match away in the fourth in a narrow, 27-25 victory.
‘Dana Beaven, Leslie Radcliff, Stannye Wolfe and Kate Jones were on all cylinders. Setter Cassie Mathews would have to be our player of the game due to her ability to involved all players in our offense,’ Corydon head coach Kim Briscoe said.
Great efforts on defense, Briscoe added, included seniors Chrissy Crecelius, Jackie Turner, Jessie Rhodes, Autumn Jones and Miranda Melton.
‘Perry Central is a very scrappy team who never gives up and they have a tremendous will to make improvements in their play with their will to win. We can learn from teams with that kind of character.