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Lanesville stuns NH in three games

Lanesville stuns NH in three games
Lanesville stuns NH in three games
Lanesville first-year volleyball coach D.J. Zipp, center, celebrated with his team after they toppled North Harrison last Thursday night in Ramsey. It was the Lady Eagles' first victory over North in at least a decade — maybe longer. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

Two coaches named Zipp and Briscoe squared off Thursday night, but the two teams they led were not Providence and Corydon Central.
Confused? It gets worse.
The sons of long-time Providence coach Dottie Zipp and current Lady Panther coach Kim Briscoe ‘ D.J. Zipp and Wes Briscoe ‘ are both in their first year of coaching: Zipp is being assisted by his mother at Lanesville while Briscoe’s assistant at North Harrison is a former Lady Panther volleyballer (also his fianc’) Heather Payne.
And if that wasn’t odd enough, Lanesville toppled the hosts in three games, 25-22, 25-22, 25-8.
It’s been at least a decade since Lanesville has defeated North Harrison in volleyball ‘ and probably longer.
It was a night to remember for the Lady Eagles, but one North’s players would just as soon forget.
As the final point was scored, all the players on Lanesville’s bench jumped with joy and Coach Zipp gave a few pumps of his fist as he stormed onto the court.
‘This was our only match this week, and it gave me a chance to jack them up all week to play North Harrison. I couldn’t have asked for anything better,’ Zipp said after the monumental victory. ‘We did the things that we needed to in order to win: we eliminated our service errors, our hitting errors, and our passing errors.
‘We’ve been in several close matches this year, and it’s usually mental mistakes that take us out.’
North’s skipper said the problems with his team dwell within each players’ chest.
‘Right now, the problem is here,’ Briscoe said, tapping his chest. ‘We have a couple of girls who can bring that out, and right now they aren’t doing it. Having heart is a big issue at the moment. We have to reevaluate ourselves and decide whether we’re happy just doing enough or if we want to improve.’
Lanesville (5-12) jumped on top of the Lady Cats, 5-1, behind the service of junior Brittany Johnson. North’s Bree Shroyer, Heather Irish and Jenna Schneider helped bring the hosts back to take the lead, 6-5.
The contest swayed back and forth until it reached 20-all. From there, Lanesville posted four unanswered points ‘ the final coming on an ace by Maegan VanHoose ‘ to put North against the wall.
The Lady Cats scratched back on a pair of Irish kills, but a block by Johnson gave Lanesville its last point to seal the 25-22 win.
North Harrison stormed to a 9-0 lead to start the second game, but the Lady Eagles outscored their counterparts 12-1 to take a 12-10 lead. The Lady Cats never recovered from the rally and wound up falling 25-22.
‘D.J. came from Providence, and they know how to play volleyball down there. I would like to say that he surprised everybody, but, hello! They took a game off Corydon. Corydon’s got like four seven-footers down there. I knew what we were going up against,’ Briscoe said. ‘In the first game, we came out and blocked and shut their hitters down. After that, we just put it in cruise control and then Lanesville wanted it more.’
The effects of Lanesville’s second-game effort lingered into the third contest, where the Lady Cats never seemed to get on track. Every move Lanesville made was as good as gold, and the team won easily, 25-8.
Starring in the win were defenders Brittany Mix, Tabitha Wernert and Beth Dorgay, and strikers VanHoose, Jessica Schmelz and Kirstie Hammond.
North’s Cassie Milburn, a strong hitter, sat out the game with a sprained hand. Helping to pick up the slack were Shroyer, Schneider, Kalina Kasprzyka, setter Kimberly Doty and outside hitter Jessica Kiesler.
‘She might have helped a little. Still, we didn’t put the ball on the floor and you aren’t going to beat anyone hitting free balls at everyone,’ Briscoe said.
The Lady Cats will see action tonight at home against Silver Creek in a 6 o’clock start while Lanesville returns to the hardwood tomorrow at 6 in a Southern Athletic Conference match at New Washington.

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