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Consistency prevails, Lady Eagles knock off Corydon in four

Consistency prevails, Lady Eagles knock off Corydon in four
Consistency prevails, Lady Eagles knock off Corydon in four
Lanesville's volleyball team gathers before taking the court against Corydon Central Aug. 29. The Lady Eagles won in four games. (Photo by Brian Smith)

Lanesville volleyball coach Summers Montgomery said she never realized her team was down 23-15 in the first game. When her team rallied to upend cross-county rival Corydon Central 29-27 in the first game, Montgomery and the team threw their hands in the air, celebrating the comeback.
The Lady Eagles carried the momentum to knock off Corydon Central 29-27, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21 on Aug. 29.
‘They (Lanesville) played real smart,’ Montgomery said. ‘Rachel Rivers finally started hitting like she can and was getting out to her staging area, which is huge. She’s left-handed and she wasn’t getting out far enough until today. I think Corydon didn’t make the adjustment to her.’
Down eight in the first game, Lanesville inched to 23-18 behind a Rivers ace and Brittney Gayhart kill. Corydon Central sophomore Jessica Giuffre answered with a kill of her own, putting the host Lady Panthers within one point of putting away the first game.
Lanesville then swayed the momentum heavily in their direction, winning the next six points. A pair of Corydon Central errors, a Gayhart smash and two Amanda Johnson aces pulled the Lady Eagles even at 24-24. Both teams went back and forth until Lanesville’s Shelby Fonda and Rivers scored on back-to-back kills to take game one.
‘We watched them a little bit on Saturday (tournament). I told the girls that if you play fast, they may have trouble. I have to give props to all the girls and coach (Kristi) Combs for getting them ready.’
The second game was fairly even, as neither team was able to build a lead larger than three points. Gayhart finished the second game, scoring on a tip pass, moving the Lady Eagles ahead 2-0.
Corydon Central improved its play in the third game, fighting off another Lanesville rally to win. Lady Panther junior Pam Cockerell led the way with an ace and four kills in game three. Cockerell led Corydon Central in kills (10) and aces (three). Guiffre and Meghan Bussabarger added nine kills overall.
In game four, after breaking a 12-12 tie, Lanesville scored the next three points to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
‘This was something we needed,’ Corydon Central head coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘We needed another high school team to come in here and out-hustle us because our last for matches, we’ve played with our opponents. This is the fifth time we’ve played this way and it finally caught up with us.’
Briscoe was impressed with Lanesville’s hustle and effort. Montgomery said the effort could contribute to her junior- and senior-laden team.
‘Our girls are getting more aggressive and they want to hit,’ she said. ‘You just have to take it as it is. They are a county rival and a good, established program. This win is a great accomplishment for our program as well. It was one of the games the girls circled that they wanted to win.’
Brittney Barnickle led the way for Lanesville in the kill department with 11. Rivers added 10 kills along with eight from Johnson and seven each from Gayhart and Fonda. Lanesville also had 13 total aces, led by Fonda’s three.
Lanesville’s upcoming contests include today (Wednesday) traveling to Tell City, then returning home on Thursday to host Paoli at 6:30 p.m.
Corydon Central will host rival Crawford County tomorrow at 6 p.m. before hosting the Corydon Invitational on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
Corydon Invitational
Eight teams will participate in the Corydon Central Volleyball Invitational, including Corydon Central and North Harrison, on Saturday.
First matches will begin at 10 a.m. with continuous play until completion of the invitational.
Pool A features host Corydon Central along with Evansville Reitz, Meade County (Ky.) and New Washington. Pool B consists of Austin, North Harrison, Rock Creek Christian Academy and Tell City. Pool A games will be played in the main gym, while Pool B games will take place in the auxiliary gym.
The first-place teams from each pool will play for the championship. There will also be third-, fifth- and seventh-place matches. Tournament matches are played with a best-of-three format.
Admission is $5.
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