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NH lands two wins at Corydon Inv.

NH lands two wins at Corydon Inv.
NH lands two wins at Corydon Inv.
Battling at the net for a ball, North Harrison's Brittany Rudolph delivers the winning kill for her team against New Washington. The Lady Cats finished with a 2-1 record at the Corydon Invitational. Photos by Brian Smith

Four teams ‘ Corydon Central, New Washington, North Harrison and Tell City ‘ took part in the Corydon Invitational Saturday. Playing consecutive matches versus one another, the event took just more than three hours to complete.
What turned out to be the tournament’s deciding match took place in the morning between Tell City and North Harrison.
The Lady Marksman needed three long games but were able to knock off North Harrison 28-30, 25-20, 25-22.
‘It was close but it shouldn’t have been,’ North Harrison coach Caitlyn Janes said. ‘We really rallied in the first game. We came back to play a great second game, but we need to learn how to finish.’
Against Tell City, Carlie Burson paced the Lady Cats offense with 12 kills to go with 20 digs and seven blocks on defense. Seven different North Harrison players landed kills, with Taylor Rennirt putting down five. Ally Robbeloth, Jill Book and Brittany Rudolph had four each.
Passing out of the back row, Book had 23 digs.
Tell City went on to defeat New Washington and Corydon Central to claim the title.
Settling for the runner-up spot, North Harrison rolled to wins over rival Corydon Central and New Washington.
Against the host Lady Panthers, the rivals kept it tight in game one with the Lady Cats winning 25-18. The second was all North Harrison, 25-12.
Rudolph landed eight kills, while Burson had six. Abby Book contributed four aces.
‘We came back and played really well against Corydon and New Washington,’ Janes said. ‘Brittany and Carlie had good games in the middle, and Jill Book did really well in the back row for us.’
‘I screamed and yelled at them during the North game because North didn’t do anything to make a huge difference,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘They played consistent and didn’t do anything flashy, but they were more consistent than we were.’
The two rivals will meet again Tuesday, Sept. 30, when the Lady Panthers host the Dig Pink Classic.
Corydon Central, in its opening game, defeated New Washington 25-11, 25-20.
‘We’ll take any win we can get,’ Briscoe said. ‘The two matches we lost should have gone three. We were in control of some of those games but quit playing consistently.’
To conclude the tournament, North Harrison made quick work of New Washington. Offensively, the Lady Cats were in control, dominating net play to score a lopsided 25-7, 25-12 victory.
In the middle and outside, Rudolph (eight) and Burson (five) led the team in kills. At the service line, Taylor Rennirt had four aces. Janes said she was encouraged by Rennirt’s serving ability.
‘She hasn’t served for us all year, so it was good to see that,’ Janes said of the talented freshman.
Janes said playing in a tournament allows her to evaluate effort.
‘I like to get a lot of games in in one day,’ she said. ‘What I most wanted to see was them to push for an entire day from the start.’
Corydon Central allowed its rivals to stick around for its match against Tell City. The Lady Panthers, looking to spoil the championship effort of the Lady Marksmen, gave them a run.
A Montana Brooks kill gave Corydon Central a game point late in game one. Up 24-23, the Lady Panthers weren’t able to close the deal.
Similarly in game two, the score was tied at 19-, 20-, 23- and 24-all at certain points. Mary Steen secured the match with back-to-back kills to win it for Tell City.
‘We are so close to getting where we need to be,’ Briscoe said. ‘We are playing harder, just not very consistent.’
Briscoe said she’d like to see improved court awareness.
‘We’re not being intentional with our touches,’ she said. ‘It’s something we are preaching constantly. You get up there and that ball is out of system, you have to put it in that deep corner or short middle instead of just tossing it over.’
North Harrison (9-8) will host Lanesville tomorrow (Thursday), while Corydon Central will welcome Austin.