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Lady Cats complete sweep of South Central

Corydon tops Lanesville in 4
Lady Cats complete sweep of South Central
Lady Cats complete sweep of South Central
Swinging from the outside, North Harrison's Bri Fawver attacks against South Central. Photo by Brian Smith
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Sometimes there is a wonder of how a team will respond after a few days off. For the North Harrison and South Central volleyball squads, they returned to action last Tuesday after taking off Labor Day.

The reaction from the Lady Cats, who also had a free Friday for a four-day volleyball hiatus, showed little rust, leaving Elizabeth with a 25-18, 25-16, 25-14 victory.

On a win streak, North Harrison has taken its last four matches.

“We started 1-4, and now we are at 5-4, so we’ve come back the last couple of weeks,” said North Harrison coach Caitlyn Burson. “We would have liked to have some more runs tonight, but I gave them a long weekend off. I can’t be too hard, and they were able to finish in three.”

It was a rather quick start off the break as North Harrison jumped out to a 7-0 lead in game one, thanks to three Chloe Jacobi aces.

South Central rallied a bit with points from Alyssa Pumphrey and MaKenzie Haag to draw the deficit to three, 10-7. Jumping the advantage back to the Lady Cats, Bri Fawver pumped in aces while Jacobi sent down consecutive kills to balloon the lead to 20-8. Molly Coomer also pumped in an ace as North Harrison concluded game one on top.

“We’ve become too reactive instead of playing our game,” said South Central coach Amanda Sims. “They didn’t communicate today, which isn’t like this group of girls. There were dropped balls due to communication. We have a lot to look at tomorrow at practice.”

South Central had a brief lead in game two when Kaylee Logsdon had a kill and block for a two-point lead.

North Harrison turned to Fawver, who had a game-high 10 kills, to even the score at 4. It was part of a 10-0 North Harrison run to take control. Emma Schneider had two straight aces during the spurt, including one ball clipping the tape and falling untouched on the Lady Rebels’ side.

The teams swapped points through much of the middle portion of game two as South Central saw offensive weapons Brooklyn Lewis, Kaitlyn Harl and Pumphrey put in winners. The Lady Rebels switched to a two-setter offense, utilizing Hailey Kiper alongside Lewis.

“We played two setters Friday and there were good moments with it, but you have to get back into the groove of running it,” Sims said. “I don’t think we ran it very well today, but we didn’t move the ball either. They didn’t see the ball well or pass it well.”

A Logsdon kill put South Central within six late, 21-15, but North Harrison closed stronger. Molly Coomer got up for a block, then a Jacobi kill put North Harrison up 2-0 in the games’ column.

“We want aggressive serving and making the other team play defense,” Burson said. “Sometimes when we get too settled, we just want to get the ball in and don’t play aggressive. When we make runs, we don’t make as many errors. We are trying to make the other team play more defense than we are.”

South Central stayed within three points of North Harrison in game three up until a 4-0 Lady Cats’ spurt to make it 11-6. Baylee Rudolph got going with a pair of aces and a kill, while Molly Coomer tipped over to an open spot.

North Harrison continued to be on the offensive as game three progressed with Fawver and Rudolph notching kills.

“Bri has been swinging really strong out of the left side,” Burson said. “She does a good job working on hitting all her spots.”

To go with Fawver’s 10 kills, Rudolph had eight and Jacobi four. In all, the Lady Cats had 14 aces, led by three each from Fawver, Jacobi and Schneider.

As to where to improve, Burson said there are areas.

“We want to stay aggressive and get even more aggressive in serving,” she said. “We want to understand our defense better. We are still trying to get in the flow of our positions. Not everybody is playing the same spot every night. We have a couple people playing two different positions within a rotation. They may play middle once then play left for two. It’s getting more used to where our teammates should be on the floor.”

South Central’s offense was led by Logsdon’s six kills and three each via Harl and Pumphrey. Kendall Miller contributed a pair of solo blocks.

“We had some moments that we were in the game, but, overall, I don’t think they were into playing,” Sims said. “They looked like they had three days off after a road game last Friday night. The good thing is, this isn’t a conference match.”

Corydon Central 3, Lanesville 1

Visiting Lanesville took the first set by the two points last Tuesday before the host Corydon Central rallied to take a four-game win, 23-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-18.

The Lady Panthers saw Jessie Johnson reach double-digit kills with 13 on the night. Also contributing to the offense in the kill department was Autum Anderson (eight), Mckenzie Hess (seven), Kimi Wolfe (four), Katie Fessel (three) and Savannah Moberly (three).

Damage was done on the service line for Corydon Central as well, tallying 17 aces as a team. Moberly logged seven for the winners, while four apiece were put in by Trystan Schreck and Johnson.

Lanesville, meanwhile, spread out its offensive between Linzie Wernert (seven kills), Meredith Hasken (five), Savannah Miller (five) and Alley Roadcap (three). Hasken contributed five aces, while Sarina Belden put in four. Miller also got up for five blocks.

South Central 3, Borden 2

Hitting the road Thursday, South Central returned to Elizabeth with a lengthy five-set win over Southern Athletic Conference rival Borden, 25-22, 16-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-11.

The teams went back and forth, winning sets with the Lady Rebels taking the final by four points.

Kaylee Logsdon put down six kills to lead the Lady Rebels. Teammates Kendall Miller (five kills), Alyssa Pumphrey (five kills) and Kaitlyn Harl (four kills) also contributed to winning spikes.

Defensively, Kendall Kiper had 16 digs while Alyssa Pumphrey dug 10.

In the ace department, Annabelle Faith had four while Lewis contributed two.