Lady Eagles roll to victory vs. CAI
Entering the final month of the regular season, the Lanesville volleyball team picked up momentum last Monday and Tuesday.
On Sept. 21, the Lady Eagles put together a five-game win against visiting Perry Central, 25-19, 13-25, 15-25, 25-17, 15-11. In the victory, Brooklynn Keinsley and Ashley Schoen had seven kills each to lead the team, along with four aces from Kayla Smith and Keinsley.
‘We jumped on Perry Central, then had a roller coaster ride,’ Lanesville coach Summers Montgomery said. ‘Then, we did a great job the fourth and fifth game. We lost our middle, Kaitlyn Davis, to an injury, but the girls stepped up.’
Davis sat out Tuesday against Christian Academy of Indiana, a team the Lady Eagles could potentially face in sectional play.
Lanesville put together a steady, all-around consistent game, defeating the Lady Warriors, 25-20, 25-17, 25-10.
‘We had Brooklynn step up for us in the middle, then Rachel Riley played very well on the outside,’ Montgomery said.
Lanesville utilized the service line and blocking in the middle to rally from a three-point deficit in the first game. Down 14-11, Schoen came up with a winning kill. Consecutive blocks from Rachel Gary and Jenna Walter tied the game at 14.
The Lady Eagles bounced back from losing the next point when Keinsley hammered a winner. With serve, Lanesville’s Kayla Smith served back-to-back aces. From that point, the Lady Eagles didn’t relinquish the lead. Late in the game, Walter put away a kill on a quick set. The 25th point came on a Morgan Williams block, handing the Lady Eagles game one.
‘The thing I saw was we played a smart hitting game,’ Montgomery said. ‘We hit the open spots well. We struggled before, focusing on just one spot. Today, we played several different parts of the court.’
Lanesville dropped behind early in the second game, trailing 7-3. The serve of Smith, throwing in two aces, brought the game to a 7-all tie. After exchanging several points, Riley sandwiched winning kills between an Erin Cox ace.
Using a variety of offense, Lanesville pulled away in game two for the win. As a team, they served six aces during the middle game.
‘Passing was very good tonight,’ Montgomery said. ‘Serving, we had a lot of missed serves, but, overall, we served aggressive, which helped our attack.’
Lanesville had 14 aces as a team, led by seven from Smith and three from Hannah Bays.
Game three featured two huge runs from the Lady Eagles. Christian Academy led 7-6 to start the game, but Lanesville quickly took control. The Lady Eagles soared to nine straight winning points. After the Lady Warriors stopped the run with a kill, Lanesville went back to work. The Lady Eagles used the offensive firepower of Riley, Keinsley and Cox to rip off eight consecutive points and eventually won game three easily.
‘Hopefully, we are transitioning into our peak, heading toward key conference games and sectional,’ Montgomery said. ‘We’re working hard. We had some frustrating games early in the season, but, by playing hard, good things are coming for us.’
Versus Christian Academy, Schoen led the team with nine kills, followed by eight from Riley.
On Thursday, Lanesville defeated New Washington, 27-25, 25-21, 25-23.
Lanesville defends its home court tonight (Wednesday) when the Lady Eagles host Southern Athletic Conference team Henryville at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the Lady Eagles travel to Crothersville for a 10 a.m. start.