JV-less North rolls over Lady Braves
After taking a pounding from Providence and New Albany in its first two matches of the season, a short-handed North Harrison Lady Cats volleyball team got its first win of the season, defeating visiting Borden last Tuesday night.
Because of injuries, the Lady Cats are unable to field a junior varsity team, having to throw some of its younger players into the frying pan early.
‘It hurts from the fact that the kids are missing out on the experience,’ coach Wes Briscoe said. ‘We had people leave the team, people hurt and vacations at the beginning of the season that set us back. We’re just working hard every day and trying to get better each day, so we can be ready to play when everybody is ready to go.’
North got off to a good start, taking a 5-1 lead in game one. Borden, however, made a run with Amanda Eurton swatting three straight aces and Chelsea Blalock slapping in back-to-back kills. The Lady Cats followed that with a hitting error, and Borden took a 9-6 lead.
The Lady Cats scrapped their way back with Wynn Schroyer acing to tie the game at 15. Angela Casabella followed with a kill to put North Harrison back on top for good. From that point, the Lady Cats marched to a 25-19 win.
‘The first game is kind of the story of how our season has been so far,’ Briscoe said. ‘Our first week, we never developed a rhythm going up against New Albany and Providence. We were kind of thrown right to the wolves. Our second week, the competition is competitive, but when you’re going up against teams that are ranked fourth or fifth in the state, that’s a big drop in talent. We probably came out flat because that’s how we had been coming out.’
North’s rhythm did get going in game two as the Lady Cats jumped to an 11-3 lead, Shroyer smacking three straight aces. Borden never regained a foothold in the game, and the Lady Cats rolled to a 25-16 win.
‘Wynn did a good job,’ Briscoe said of Shroyer, a sophomore. ‘If we pass and serve, she’s going to have a good match just about every night. There’s maybe a handful of players better than her in the area. She can hit a shot from anywhere on that net out of the middle. That’s great for a sophomore to do. She’s just an all-around great athlete in every sport she plays in. She’s definitely a workhorse on the volleyball court for us.’
The Lady Braves played much tighter in the early going of game three until they made four straight hitting errors, allowing North Harrison a 12-5 lead.
Shroyer later killed and Kim Doty aced twice to push North Harrison to a 16-6 advantage. The Lady Braves later pulled within five following a kill by Jessye Pearson, but they then made two hitting errors to give the Lady Cats a 25-18 win.
Shroyer led the Lady Cats (1-2) with eight kills and five service aces. Casabella finished with eight kills and two aces, while her sister, Liz, had five kills and two aces. Doty and Rachel Adams had four kills each. North Harrison missed nine serves, but aced 16 times. The Lady Cats had 24 hitting errors.
‘It was nice to come out and see us pass and serve a little better tonight. The freshmen we have struggled a little bit on the court, but it was first-game jitters for them. They’ll be ready to go next week,’ Briscoe said.