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Lady Rebs can’t close out Medora

Lady Rebs can’t close out Medora
Lady Rebs can’t close out Medora
South Central's Jenna Baelz, right, battles at the net against Medora's Alli Carney in game two. Photo by Brian Smith

Last Tuesday, South Central’s volleyball team came out fast, serving four aces to score its first 10 points in game one versus visiting Medora.
A strong attack out of Ally Davis and Kaitlyn Harl prompted the Lady Rebels to cruise in game one 25-15. From there, Medora kicked up its intensity to snag the next three games. The visitors traveled home with a 3-1 victory, 15-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-21.
Game one was all South Central. Aces early on from libero Sydney Lewis set a tone. Teammates Jordan Renn and Harl joined in with aces to prompt an 11-4 South Central edge.
Medora fought back to within four points, but a barrages of kills, starting with Kendall Miller, followed by three straight via Davis, pressed the South Central lead to nine, 17-8.
Harl later added consecutive winners, then a back set from Noelle Miller allowed Alyssa Pumphrey to put down a kill from the left side. Noelle Miller slid into the setter role due to Alexis Knear and Annabelle Faith sidelined with injuries.
Game one ended with Davis delivering an ace.
A fast start was had by South Central to begin game two. Noelle Miller passed a winner and got up for a solo block. A well-placed arching serve by Davis earned an ace as well, leading to a 7-3 edge.
From there, Medora took control of play, winning 15 of the next 18 points. Medora’s Alli Carney saw two serves hit the South Central side of the floor without a return. Teammate Katie Beesley got up for a block, then the errors started to mount for the Lady Rebels.
Once Medora went ahead 18-9, South Central found some life.
It was Davis and Harl coming up with winners, while Lewis dug several balls in the back row. An 11-2 outburst was had by the Lady Rebels during the stretch, which also featured a few Renn service aces. Her final ace evened the match at 20-all.
Back on the front row, Medora’s Carney won at the net with a kill and block. South Central, however, moved the score to a one-point advantage, 23-22, when a ball was redirected by Noelle Miller and inadvertently off the head of Davis. Playing through, the Lady Rebels won the point via a Jenna Baelz attack.
The next three service balls in the air went in favor of Medora. Kailen Flynn had two kills, while match point saw the Lady Rebels have an error.
Games three and four saw Medora race out to wide leads.
Four aces were part of the 11-2 start in game three. From there, it was catch-up time on the South Central side. Slowly, the Lady Rebels were able to make game four a tight finish.
Down 23-19, an out-of-bounds serve followed by a Davis kill off the top of the net got a rally going. Renn then got up for a block, followed by a Lewis ace. South Central, with the lead for the first time, had a game-point opportunity at 24-23. A service error, however, sent the ball back to Medora and set up a 24-24 score.
Medora never gave the serve back to South Central, using a Flynn ace and block in the middle by Beesley to snag game three.
When game four rolled around, Medora didn’t give up its early lead. Out the gates with a 5-0 advantage, the visitors never let South Central closer than three points the rest of the way.
South Central bounced back on Thursday to win a road matchup with Crothersville. The Lady Rebels won in four games, 25-22, 25-22, 21-25, 25-14.
It was a busy Saturday for South Central as well, as the Lady Rebels participated in the Borden Invitational. The Lady Rebels dropped a pair of two-game matches to Charlestown (25-21, 25-22) and Tell City (25-19, 25-19) but took North Harrison three before falling 24-26, 25-17, 15-12. South Central did pick up a win versus the host Borden, 28-26, 28-15.
On Monday, South Central went five against West Washington but came out on the losing end. The Lady Senators won 22-25, 25-21, 25-19, 11-25, 15-11.
The Lady Rebels will be at Crawford County tomorrow (Thursday).