Corydon takes Squaws in five
The ride was a bit bumpy, but Corydon Central’s volleyball team punched its ticket to the semifinal round of the Class 3A Scottsburg Sectional last night with a five-game thriller over the host club at McClain Hall.
For whatever reason ‘ either due to coincidence, a better background or just a mental edge ‘ the south end of the court proved to be the only side that produced a winner.
The Lady Panthers (19-11) started the night on that end and won, 25-20. Then it was Scottsburg that came away victorious, 25-14. The trend continued ‘ 25-18 Corydon, 25-18 Scottsburg and finally 15-10 Corydon.
After the first four sets were played, a rubber match coin-toss gave one team the choice of choosing a side of the court to play on, or whether to take service.
‘Kate Jones is a smart volleyball player and she won the toss and picked the winning side. I think that curtain (on the north end) really helps you see the ball better and she made the right call there,’ Corydon coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘That was all her doing.’
Briscoe went on to use the phrase ‘Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde’ to describe her team’s up and down play on the night.
‘We’re kind of like a little kid in that we can only pay attention and keep our for about 10 minutes at a time. Sometimes, it’s longer and sometimes it’s shorter,’ Corydon’s coach said. ‘The kids play really well at times and then they’ll be brain dead for a span and then they are back to themselves and playing at the level they are capable of.’
To their credit, at times, the Lady Panthers looked unstoppable.
In the first game, Corydon jumped out to a 12-5 lead behind kills by seniors Stannye Wolfe and Kate Jones and by juniors Bethany Shewmaker and Courtney Cato.
But no sooner had the Lady Panthers settled into cruise control, the Warriorettes and 6-1 freshman Andrea Rademacher stormed back, 17-15.
More points by Wolfe and Jones and a couple of hitting errors by Scottsburg put the game away, 25-20.
In game two, Corydon jumped out to a 5-1 advantage when Scottsburg surged back to take a 9-8 lead. From there, the home club never looked back, 25-14.
The Warriorettes spotted their opponent a 10-4 advantage to begin the third set, but like in the first game, Corydon wilted late.
Three Lady Panther hitting errors and a kill by senior Jennifer Collins helped bring the home team to within four, 22-18.
A kill by Jones was coupled with a Scottsburg miscue and a game-ending dink by Shewmaker to give Corydon a 2-1 advantage.
Of the five games, the fourth turned out to be the hardest fought, with neither club gaining more than a four-point lead through much of the affair.
Finally, a scoring dink by senior Allison Campbell and a kill by sophomore Kayla Shaw sparked an explosion of points by Scottsburg, which pulled away, 25-18.
The Warriorettes’ momentum in the deciding game was short lived as a service error spotted Corydon a 1-0 lead.
A hitting error, followed by back-to-back aces by Corydon’s Kim Barth, followed by a kill and scoring block by Wolfe gave the Lady Panthers a 6-0 lead.
Corydon briefly lost service on a serving errors, but quickly got it back after Wolfe killed for a 7-1 advantage. Shewmaker killed twice before Rademacher slowed the bleeding with a floor-denter.
The Lady Panthers’ lead ballooned to 14-6 when Scottsburg made one final charge.
Collins and Shaw sandwiched kills around an ace and Corydon had a hitting error to trim the deficit to 14-10.
Shewmaker ended the match with a spike, 15-10.
‘I wish we could have come in here and dominated in three games, but we didn’t. It wasn’t pretty at all, but we’ll take it,’ Briscoe said.
The Lady Panthers move on to the semifinal round and will face Madison (17-14) on Saturday at noon (fast time).
Sectional play at Scottsburg continues on Thursday as Salem battles Providence at 7 and Silver Creek takes on North Harrison at 8:30. The final is Saturday at 8.