New Washington eliminates South Central, Lanesville
South Central’s volleyball season came to a close last Tuesday night following a first-round defeat at the hands of defending Class A sectional champions and host New Washington. The Mustangs galloped past the Rebels in three games, 25-14, 25-18, 25-18.
The Rebels got on the board first in game one, but New Washington quickly took control building an 11-2 lead behind the play of senior Callie Burgin. South Central could get no closer than eight the rest of the way.
South Central looked to take game two, leading 3-0 behind senior Paige Kingsley’s serves. The Rebels held leads of 5-2 and 9-6 before the host school evened things up at 12. New Washington then reeled off nine of the next 10 points behind senior Jenna Sexton to build enough of a lead to hold on for the win.
It looked as though the Rebels resigned to take their loss at the beginning of the third game, trailing 17-6, but South Central fought back to make a game of it with a 9-5 run. Junior Carolyn Zipp landed a well-placed ace during the Rebel comeback. A kill by senior Jenny Schindler stopped the comeback and sent New Washington to the semi-finals Saturday morning against another Harrison County foe, Lanesville.
‘Our passing was less a problem for us than it had been throughout the season,’ said coach Patty Shaffer. ‘We simply didn’t take advantage of those opportunities we had to put the ball away when those passes came. New Washington is a strong team; they took advantage when we failed to attack the ball strong.’
Shaffer said her three seniors ‘ Paige Kingsley, Meredith Owen and Brittany Hornickel ‘ were key players who led by example. She said their great spirit and work ethic will certainly be missed.
New Washington also defeated Lanesville in three games on its way to the 1A sectional 62 championship. The Mustangs swept Christian Academy of Indiana to finish off a perfect sectional.
In game one, New Washington jumped to an early 8-4 lead prompting Lanesville coach Summers Montgomery to call a time-out. Sophomore Ashley Schoen ended the run with a successful spike and, after an ace by senior Jessica Richert, the Eagles pulled within two, 10-8. New Washington then put together seven straight points to force another time-out. Following the break, Lanesville fought back to make it a game, closing the gap to one point on two occasions before falling 25-22.
New Washington dominated game two from the start with leads of 5-1, 11-3 and 18-9 before winning 25-14. Montgomery said serving hurt her team’s chances in the game.
Lanesville came the closest of all the sectional opponents to winning a game against the Mustangs in the third game before falling 26-24. Lanesville led 6-3 before the game turned into a back-and-forth battle all the way to the end. Lanesville built another three-point lead late, 23-20, and was one point away from taking the game before the Mustangs reeled off three straight to win the match.
‘I think we played much better than the first time we played against them,’ said Montgomery. ‘New Washington is a good team. We played with intensity and gave a great effort. You can’t ask for them to do more.’
Montgomery said she told her seniors and all of her players to take that intensity to the other sports they compete in.
After claiming its second consecutive sectional title, New Washington (29-4) will head to the Loogootee Regional on Saturday to face Springs Valley (19-13).