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Lady Panthers sweep Lanesville

Lady Panthers sweep Lanesville
Lady Panthers sweep Lanesville
Corydon CentralÂ’s Amanda Rothrock tips a ball over the net for a point against Lanesville on Sept. 1. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Corydon Central broke in the new paint scheme on the court and treated fans in the newly installed bleachers to victory over Lanesville, 25-12, 25-18, 25-20, in the Lady Panthers’ volleyball home opener Sept. 1.
The Lady Panthers served up 10 aces, many coming in the first two games.
In the opening game, Samantha Schmelz combined with Angela Shutters to block a Lanesville kill attempt, pushing the home team up 13-7. Lanesville struggled with errors in the opening game. Offensively, Corydon Central scored on four Jenna Keinsley kills.
‘We are struggling with rhythmic things to get things going,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘Our setter struggles some and our hitters are off on timing. It is going to take us 10 to 15 matches before we understand that rhythm through 25 points.’
Amanda Rothrock, who has shifted from the setter position a year ago to outside hitter, found a groove in the second game. She had two kills early, followed by an ace that pulled the Lady Panthers to an 8-all tie.
Lanesville’s best surge came in the next several points. Kayla Smith put down a kill, followed by Kelly Zollman blocking a kill attempt for a point and then firing a smash of her own to the floor. The run put the Lady Eagles up, 12-10.
Corydon Central, however, came roaring back. Annalea Miller served six consecutive winning points, including two by way of the ace.
‘Our girls played hard, but we had our good and bad moments,’ Lanesville coach Summers Montgomery said. ‘Our girls can play, they just have to decide when they want to do it and play a whole game.’
Corydon Central continued to forge ahead. Rothrock ended the second game with two aces, coming from her graceful jump serve.
‘We have great servers, probably the finest serving team I’ve had in years, and they love to do it,’ Briscoe said. ‘A remarkable thing for us is Rothrock, who used to be our setter, is now our outside hitter, and we moved Jenna to the middle. Our juniors have played a lot of junior varsity matches, so we have plenty of playing experience.’
Lanesville suffered a similar lapse in the third game. Rachel Riley and Jenna Walter had four of Lanesville’s five aces early in game three. The run propelled the Lady Eagles ahead, 16-12.
Then, out of a time out, Corydon Central won 13 of the next 17 points to take the match in a three-game sweep.
‘We have 12 kids on varsity who can play volleyball,’ Briscoe said. ‘I couldn’t say that in years past. They have played so hard this year. They are probably in the best shape of any team I’ve had in years. They know what talent is not on the team anymore. But they understand the game of volleyball is about control, and they can control the game. Things like limiting errors, serving the ball in-bounds.’
For Lanesville, the team is going to keep plugging away.
‘We are winless, and our girls could roll up and quit, but they haven’t,’ Montgomery said. ‘Hopefully, once we win one, things will keep going well.’
Corydon Central hosts an invitational Saturday (North Harrison will also participate), which begins at 10 a.m. with pool play. Lanesville next hosts Paoli tomorrow (Thursday).

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