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Eagles down Corydon in 4

Eagles down Corydon in 4
Eagles down Corydon in 4
Lanesville players, from left, Emma Zeller, Morgan Williams, Hannah Bays, Emma Bay, Kayla Smith and Brooklynn Keinsley, celebrate after winning match point at Corydon Central last Tuesday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Lanesville’s volleyball schedule hasn’t shied away from competition. Having already played regional heavyweights Floyd Central and Silver Creek, the Lady Eagles are learning as they go against stout opponents.
The momentum of playing well, although in losing efforts, has led to a more mentally tough Lanesville team.
It showed last Tuesday when the Lady Eagles won at county-rival Corydon Central, 25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18.
‘We’ve had a big turning point since we’ve had the opportunity to play Floyd Central,’ Lanesville coach Summers Montgomery said. ‘They saw they could hang and play hard. The mental toughness is starting to get there. I don’t have to worry about debating to use time-outs or not. I can just say ‘settle down’ and they can figure it out. There were two games I didn’t have to use a time-out, and they were able to work out of trouble. That’s been a big, big improvement from the past.’
Once Lanesville took the lead behind a Hannah Bays ace to give her team a 4-3 lead in game one, the Lady Eagles never relinquished the edge. Aces from Brooklynn Keinsley, Robyn Schoen, Morgan Williams and Kaitlyn Davis highlighted the game one offense that went on to win the opener, 25-20.
‘Serving was key tonight,’ Montgomery said. ‘When we serve well, we seem to roll well. When we struggle with serve, we struggle as a team. We’re still working on errors, especially the game we lost, but the girls work hard and have fun.’
Corydon Central started game two with a 5-0 advantage, thanks to three kills from Reagan Mosley. She ended up with six kills in game two. Corydon Central won the game point when Justice Avery sent a well-placed tip over the net.
Lanesville’s Hannah Conder and Davis opened game three with winning kills, allowing for a fast start. The Lady Eagles took an 18-11 lead when Emma Zeller added a winner. Corydon Central made its best run of the game when a four-point spurt, spawned by two Mosley aces, drew the Lady Panthers within three, with an 18-15 deficit.
Lanesville, however, rolled six consecutive points, mainly off Corydon Central miscues to take game three.
Game four was tied at 16-all at one point, but kills from Zeller and an Emma Bays tip put Lanesville up 21-17. The Lady Eagles would close out the match with a pair of aces from Bays.
‘We played Silver Creek and Floyd Central the last two weeks and played each of them strong,’ Montgomery said. ‘We have the competition going. We had one of our player’s dad pass away, but our girls have rallied around Emma Zeller through her loss. We didn’t play in the New Albany tournament to be with Emma and her family. They are having fun and staying loose.’
Corydon Central will look to bounce back next week. The Lady Panthers played with a handful of team members sitting out for breaking team rules.
‘I’m pleased with the way these kids responded to the adversity put in front of them,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘They played in some spots they don’t normally get to play in, so they got better at the game of volleyball tonight because of opportunity. Was it a ‘W’? No, but it was a learning and growing experience all around. I’m OK with all that. You still spend the whole month of September learning about team chemistry and court balance.’
Briscoe said several players played in positions out of their norm.
‘They can show me now that later they can come in and make a key play or court decisions. I am hoping that we can bounce back from this,’ she added. ‘(Ashley) Crawhorn comes back to the program after a year off and plays in the middle tonight for the first time in two years. We stick her there and she’s beside herself, but her character showed tonight, because she continued to work and play hard.’
Corydon Central will host Crawford County tomorrow (Thursday) while Lanesville will host Paoli. The Lady Panthers will host the Corydon Central Invitational on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.