Lady Highlanders pound smaller North Harrison
Last week was like a family get together for North Harrison volleyball coach Wes Briscoe. On Tuesday, he coached against his former high school, Floyd Central, and sister, and then Saturday he took on his mother, Kim Briscoe, in the Corydon Invitational.
‘This is like a homecoming week,’ Briscoe said after suffering a hard loss to the Highlanders. ‘I played against my sister, Elaine, tonight and I’ll be coaching against my mom Saturday. This is my alma mater, so I know what kind of a program they’ve got.’
It didn’t take long for everybody to see what kind of program the Lady Highlanders had just by looking at the first game. The Lady Cats were both outsized and outgunned in all directions.
Floyd Central jumped all over North Harrison from the get-go, taking a 12-3 lead in game one. Jenna Schneider got a kill for the Lady Cats, and then minutes later, Floyd Central made a service error. That was the last point the Lady Cats would see, as the Lady Highlanders scored the next 12 points, en route to a 25-5 win.
‘We knew they were going to be tough,’ Briscoe said. ‘They’re ranked fourth in the state, and they’ve got a lot of size.’
The Lady Cats kept the second game closer and even had the early advantage at 3-0. However, Floyd Central scored the next six points.
After Floyd committed a hitting error, North Harrison got one of those points back, but the Lady Highlanders countered with three.
Whitney Wetzel and Cassie Milburn then aced on serve, pulling North Harrison back within three.
A pair of Floyd mistakes pulled the Lady Cats within one, 11-10, but the Lady Cats saw their chance to increase their momentum fade as Floyd Central scored the next five points. North Harrison would only get to within four from that point on, and the Highlanders took game two, 25-14.
Floyd Central would once again overpower North Harrison in game three. The Lady Highlanders took a 14-6 advantage.
Jessica Kiebler killed for North Harrison. Floyd was still having some problems on serve, missing three more times during the game.
The Lady Highlanders, however, had enough of a lead and too much front line for the Lady Cats, who went on to fall, 25-13.
The Lady Cats managed only seven kills during the game, with Milburn and Kiebler getting two each. North Harrison only missed two serves for the match but hit for just four aces. The big stat for North Harrison was the 26 errors it committed.
— The Lady Cats wound up second to Corydon Central in Saturday’s tournament.
North, which went 3-1, defeated Eastern, New Washington and Restoration Christian.