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Early exits for Lanesville, SC

Early exits for Lanesville, SC
Early exits for Lanesville, SC
Lanesville's Emily Davis, left, and Lanna Shaffer converge toward the ball to receive a pass against Christian Academy of Indiana. Photo by Brian Smith

Departures from the Class 1A Christian Academy of Indiana Sectional came quickly for the Lanesville and South Central volleyball programs.
Ranked No. 2 in the class, CAI took care of Lanesville in the opening round with a three-game sweep before eventually winning the sectional title. South Central, meanwhile, played its only match early Saturday in the semi-final, falling to New Washington in three.
Playing in the first match of sectional play, CAI and Lanesville hooked up Thursday.
Lanesville gave the host school a run in game two but couldn’t grab the lead late. The Lady Warriors went on to win the match 25-11, 25-16, 25-4.
‘It was a frustrating game,’ Lanesville coach Pamela Tobbe said. ‘I told the girls that if they are going out, go out fighting against a team that might win state. I had some young girls step up this season. It’s encouraging for the future. We need to learn from this year and grow next year.’
Lanesville had trouble controlling a pair of 6-foot players on the opposite side of the net. Junior Sierra Rayzor and sophomore Alli Stumler dominated play on the front line. Stumler accounted for 16 kills, while Rayzor had 15 kills to go with four blocks.
‘Overall, what killed us was not putting up a consistent block,’ Tobbe said. ‘It left our defense wide open. With swingers like Sierra and Stumler, you have to get a block up, and we weren’t doing that.’
Following game one, Lanesville came with some energy in the second. Trailing by six, the Lady Eagles started to make a move. Junior outside hitter Skyler Belden sent down a kill then slid over to the middle to record a block.
Sophomore Lindsey Ash joined the rally with a successful spike, helping Lanesville cut CAI’s lead down to two, 18-16.
The Lady Warriors went back to their firepower of Stumler for a winner to end the streak, setting up seven straight winning points for her team. She also had an ace in the closing moments.
‘That second game, if we would have played that way for the entire game, it could have been a different story,’ Tobbe said. ‘If we would have played games one and three the way we played the second, I would have felt much better. We’ve had trouble all year when teams push us.’
Lanesville was no match in game three, earning three points on CAI miscues. The fourth point came from Belden sending down a hard kill from the left side. Outside of that, it was all Rayzor, Stumler and company.
For the Lady Eagles, Nia Tomes, a junior, had six kills while Belden and Ash contributed four each.
Lanesville graduates two seniors: all-around player Emily Davis and outside hitter Lela Board.
‘This sucks for our two seniors but, as a program, it’s good we only have two because we will return a lot for next year,’ Tobbe said.
In the final game of the regular season, South Central was able to upend Southern Athletic Conference rival New Washington. Then, the Lady Rebels needed four sets to take down the Lady Mustangs on the road.
The two met again in the sectional semi-final Saturday in game two of the morning session. Getting revenge, New Washington defeated the Lady Rebels 25-18, 25-23, 25-17.
Three seniors ‘ Issabelle Temple, Sabra Walker and Oakley Taylor ‘ are set to graduate for South Central.
Meeting in the sectional championship, the host CAI had little trouble with New Washington, defeating the Lady Mustangs 25-13, 25-4, 25-7. The sectional championship was the fourth in a row won by CAI under coach Walter Pauly.