Lady Eagles can’t get in swing
Turning the corner for the final stretch of the volleyball season, the Lanesville squad is seeking to put the pieces together on an all-around match.
Some areas of the game ‘ serving, defense and playing excited ‘ fit at times, but others couldn’t match-up when needed.
Last Tuesday, against visiting Crothersville, Lanesville played well in spurts, but the swing struggles from the inconsistent offense allowed the Lady Tigers to prowl home with a victory.
Lanesville dropped close games in the first and second before taking the third. The fourth, however, saw its Southern Athletic Conference rival run off with a 25-23, 25-19, 18-25, 25-18 win.
It was the second win this season for Crothersville over Lanesville. The last came in a tournament format.
‘We played Crothersville in a tournament earlier in the year at a time when we had a few girls sick,’ Lanesville coach Pamela Tobbe said. ‘I thought we’d come out better today, but it didn’t happen.’
Game one saw Crothersville pull out to a 16-11 lead. A run of blocks by Nia Tomes, a kill by Skyler Belden and an Emily Davis ace rallied the Lady Eagles. Davis’ ace to even the score at 18 was follow by a long ball by Crothersville to give Lanesville a one-point lead.
From there, it was back and forth to the 25th point. Tomes sent down a kill to end a lengthy rally, setting the score at 23-23. A serving error by Lanesville set up game point, which Crothersville took via a Kashmir Kelshaw ace.
‘I was happy with our fight, and our defense was better than it has been,’ Tobbe said. ‘What hurt us was our inconsistency with our serves and our hitting.’
Lanesville won the first three points of game two. Lindsey Ash had a kill at the start. The 3-0 lead was the only time the Lady Eagles had an advantage once Crothersville controlled the scoreboard.
The scores was tied five different times but 16-all was the last as Crothersville won nine of the next 12 points to take a 2-0 lead.
The bright moment for Lanesville was game three. Similar to the previous set, the Lady Eagles went up early. This time it was the service game of setter Alexis Kaufer. Following a Belden kill, Kaufer had the Lady Tigers’ defense spinning in circles. She put in five aces, four in a row at one point, giving Lanesville a 7-0 cushion.
Belden started to get going from the front row, sending down two more smashes, prompting an 11-3 lead.
It wasn’t easy to close out the game for Lanesville. Crothersville won 10 straight points to take a 13-11 lead. Similar to Kaufer’s run, Chasta Lamb served four aces during her team’s spurt.
Taking advantage of some Crothersville miscues and winners by Davis, Lanesville regained the lead. Out of the middle, Belden put down a kill, prompting a five-point lead that grew.
In the fourth, Lanesville held tough early on, leading 9-7. Then, another big run was given up. Eight straight points were won by the Lady Tigers, leading them to victory on Lanesville’s senior night.
‘It’s definitely frustrating because I know they are better than that,’ Tobbe said. ‘Our problem all year has been the consistency in play. We can come to a match and blow a team out in a game, then the next game it’s like we didn’t show up. That’s been our battle all year. We hope to get it together tomorrow night.’
Davis and Kaufer finished with six aces each. As a team, the Lady Eagles benefited from 17 aces but had eight serving errors.
Leading the way in kills was Belden with 13. Tomes had five kills and just as many blocks.
Swinging errors also were an issues for the Lady Eagles.
‘We want them all going at the same time,’ Tobbe said. ‘Our communication broke down at times. Early in the game our communication was fine but, when teams start to push back at us, our communication stops. With our team, we have to communicate the whole time because, if we don’t, things shut down. It’s an area we must work on.’
Crothersville was effective at the service line, led by five Lamb aces. Maddie Riley led the visitors in kills with six. Lacey Hall had five blocks.
Lanesville bounced back Thursday to defeat fellow Southern Athletic Conference rival Borden in five games.
Attention now turns to the Class 1A Christian Academy of Indiana Sectional, where they Lady Eagles drew the No. 3-ranked host school. They’ll take on each other tomorrow (Thursday) at 7 p.m.
‘We have to be on point and not back off to keep up with Christian Academy,’ Tobbe said. ‘We don’t have a problem getting excited; the problem sometimes is staying excited.’