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Lady Pack sweeps Lady Rebels

Lady Pack sweeps Lady Rebels
Lady Pack sweeps Lady Rebels
South Central's Maddy Mellick goes to a knee to dig a return against Crawford County Thursday night. The Lady Pack won in a sweep. Photo by Wade Bell

The Crawford County Lady Pack volleyball team earned a three-game sweep Thursday night over visiting South Central after dealing with three straight losses, two of them to Patoka Lake Athletic Conference opponents. The Lady Pack had to find something within themselves and finally bounced back to top the Lady Rebels.
‘We lost a couple of PLAC matches and they were horrendous and we shouldn’t haven’t lost,’ Crawford County coach Angie Allen said of her team’s losses to Paoli and Orleans. ‘The girls just didn’t come out to play. So, I basically told them, ‘I don’t know what to do with you.’ I try to do all of these different drills in practice. We scrimmage, we do one specific drill to get them ready. ‘I play you next to different girls because I never know for sure who I’m going to be playing there.’ I said, ‘I’m to the point I don’t know what to do with you’.’
‘I told them, ‘You need to have a big pow-wow and you need to figure it out. I’ve been telling you all season that, if you don’t practice hard, you’re not going to play hard.’ I said, ‘It has finally caught up with you and it’s finally showing’.’
The Lady Rebels got the early jump on Crawford County, and the teams fought back and forth through three lead changes until Brenna Hammond delivered a Lady Pack service ace. That started a 6-0 run by Crawford County to lead 12-7, forcing the Lady Rebs to call timeout.
South Central got two of those back on a kill by Jenna Baelz and a Crawford County error. The Lady Pack kept control through the middle of the game, but the Lady Rebels were chewing on the lead, finally closing to within one, 17-16, following a kill by Issabelle Temple.
Crawford County finally got three kills from Kylie Smith and Carley Allen and a service ace from Hammond. Sabra Walker had a Lady Rebels kill, but Crawford County finished in front, 25-18, as South Central committed two hitting errors.
‘For whatever reason, we are a slow-starting team,’ South Central coach Patty Shaffer said. ‘That’s been our pattern throughout the last several matches. The second and third games is when we really start relaxing and playing our kind of ball.’
In game two, Crawford County grabbed the initial lead and never let go. South Central kept it close until the middle of the set when the Lady Pack made a 5-2 burst to lead the Lady Rebels 18-12. South Central never got closer, and Crawford County went up two games to none with a 25-15 win.
‘The girls wanted to patty-cake it over just a little bit too much, and we have to constantly stay on them to go up and swing, just go after it with some control but really go after it,’ Shaffer said. ‘They’ll get scared.’
Game three was a complete turnaround. The Lady Rebels raced to a 6-0 lead, but Crawford County countered quickly with five unanswered following a missed South Central serve. Crawford County took a brief lead on a Autumn Kerce kill at 9-8, but Temple countered, and a Crawford County error put South Central on top again.
Kerce slapped in another Crawford County kill, and Hammond added an ace to put the Lady Pack in front. That started a 6-1 burst, the Lady Pack lead ballooning to 17-11, with Kendra Covele drilling an ace.
South Central, however, still had some momentum and some confidence and cut the deficit to a single point after a service ace by Temple. A hitting error by the Lady Pack tied the game at 22. Kerce, however, was there again for the Lady Pack with a kill for a 23-22 lead.
South Central hit out of bounds, with Crawford County following with a four-hit call, leading by one, 24-23. Smith finished out the game and match with a kill, with the win going to Crawford County, 25-23.
Smith led Crawford County’s attack with 11 kills, and Carley Allen and Sammy Jo Stutzman had seven kills each. Hammond had four aces on serve. The Lady Pack missed seven serves and finished with five aces. Crawford County had 27 errors for the three games.
The Lady Pack also got a new school record in assists from senior Laken Fraime, who had 26. That moved the old record from 294 to 316 with seven regular-season matches and the sectional remaining.
Temple led South Central with 10 kills, while Walker and Sydney Lewis finished with four kills each. The Lady Rebels missed six serves, had just one ace and made 25 errors.
‘Overall, we hurt ourselves on serves,’ Shaffer said. ‘Sydney Lewis had her best night. She really attacked the ball well tonight from everywhere, back court and the right side. Issabelle Temple, a senior, also had another good night. Those two really came through for us.’

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