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Corydon shades upset-minded Lanesville

In years past, Class 3A Corydon Central could pretty much bank on a relatively easy win over much-smaller Class 1A Lanesville.
But this is no ordinary year for either volleyball club.
Last night here, the Lady Panthers powered past the visitors in the first set, before fighting tooth and nail through the next three to land a hard-fought, 25-18, 20-25, 27-25, 25-23 victory.
The storyline for three of the four games was surprisingly similar: Corydon started off with a small lead, squandered it, pulled away, lost its advantage again and then finally finished the Lady Eagles off.
In the final frame ‘ after utilizing its powerful swingers, seniors Stannye Wolfe and Kate Jones ‘ the Lady Panthers’ final four points all came on soft dinks by the twosome over the Lanesville front line.
‘To lose it like that, man, it’s tough. Tonight is like a blur to me,’ Lanesville coach D.J. Zipp said. ‘This one is tough to swallow. I’ve been preaching to the girls about starting off strong because they seem to always get in a hole and then go on runs and get back in it and then we have trouble getting over the hump.’
Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said she’s had to go through some growing pains even though her club sports six seniors and four juniors.
‘In my program, you pay your dues and you play as seniors and juniors and these girls have paid their dues. Where the challenge is, is that we return only two varsity players from a couple of 23-10 seasons and the other players are still trying to get that team chemistry thing going. I’ve had to find that virtuous patience to allow these players to develop. They are great athletes. They are great kids. And they have the potential to win a lot of volleyball games,’ Briscoe said.
Corydon junior Bethany Shewmaker put the hosts on the board first as they stretched out to a 9-3 lead.
The margin stayed that way until Lanesville clawed back from a 16-9 deficit to 16-13.
Wolfe came to life with three consecutive kills.
Lanesville senior Brittany Johnson stopped the slide with a kill of her own, but Wolfe came right back with another blast.
Corydon senior Cheyenne Wright marked a score to spark a final surge to the first set victory.
‘Stannye has the ability to be very good when she wants to be,’ Briscoe said. ‘She’s a build-the-momentum type of player whereas Jones is probably the most consistent player we have. When you have two players who are like that, it makes for good balance. That’s that varsity experience thing.’
The two clubs stayed close in the early stages of the second game.
After seeing the match knotted at 4-all, the Lady Panthers exploded with four unanswered points.
Lanesville inched back into it and eventually took the lead on a pair of Corydon hitting errors.
With a 17-15 advantage, Lanesville gave up a point when it was unable to come up with a Courtney Cato shot to the back line.
Again, the two clubs battled back and forth, with the Lady Eagles finally taking control with the score at 21-19.
Brittany Barnickle, a sophomore, scored. Then Brittany Johnson, a senior, sandwiched a pair of kills around a Corydon hitting error.
On Johnson’s second point, Corydon senior Ashley Miller dove for the loose ball and injured her shoulder.
‘I think it’s probably broken. She said she heard it crackle and pop. I’d say it’s probably a dislocation and a break in the collar bone, but I don’t know for sure,’ Briscoe said.
Lanesville (3-6) finished off the second game, 25-20.
Corydon looked to have the third frame well in hand, taking a 15-9 lead.
Looks were deceiving as Lanesville showed its fight by climbing back into the match, with a kill by Johnson, an ace by Brittney Gayhart and a Jessica Schmelz kill to the back corner.
The Lady Eagles tied the game at 20-20, but committed a hitting error to give Corydon a lead.
A see-saw battle ensued as the Lady Eagles surged ahead, 25-24, on a Corydon hitting error.
Briscoe called a time-out to rally her troops and ice Lanesville’s server. The move worked as the ball sailed into the net on the opening service to tie the game.
Another Lanesville hitting error and a kill by Wolfe put Corydon ahead, 2-1.
The Lady Eagles jumped ahead 5-0 to start the final stanza. Amanda Johnson, a sophomore for LHS, scored and then Shewmaker putting her club on the board with a dink.
Like its adversary had done all evening, Corydon snuck up from behind and got back in the match.
Kills by Wolfe, Jones, Wright and Cato sparked the late run.
Setters for the evening were Corydon’s Wright and Kim Barth and Lanesville’s Leeann Wolfe.
Both teams are on the road Thursday: Corydon is at Providence and Lanesville is at Trinity Lutheran.
n Lanesville senior Maegan VanHoose, who was injured in last week’s bout against South Central, did not dress last night.
In addition to straining three ligaments in her ankle, VanHoose also chipped a bone. She’s started receiving laser treatments on the ankle, with the hopes of returning soon.