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Lady Eagles grounded in final

Rock Creek Academy Sectional
Lady Eagles grounded in final
Lady Eagles grounded in final
Morgan Sonner jumps to knock the ball back to Rock Creek Academy near the end of game 1 of Saturday night’s sectional championship at RCA in Sellersburg. Going up with her is Karolynn Phillips. The Lady Eagles lost 3-0.

The Lanesville Lady Eagles won two games to make it to Saturday night’s volleyball sectional champion at Rock Creek Academy, defeating Shawe Memorial 3-1 Thursday night and besting South Central 3-1 during Saturday afternoon’s contest.

However, the RCA squad proved to be too much for the Lady Eagles.

The first game had Rock Creek up 10-1 before Lanesville could get another point on the board. The Lady Eagles then got another point, making it 11-3. RCA next racked up seven straight points, reaching 18-3, before Lanesville got another score.

The Lady Eagles managed a few points here and there, including getting two in a row, making the score 24-8, before Rock Creek got the final point.

Game 2 started out much the same. Early on, the score was 3-1 in RCA’s favor, before the home team put up five additional ones. Lanesville got two of those back, followed by two more for Rock Creek, then three for the Lady Eagles, making the score 10-6.

Rock Creek scored five more points before Lanesville coach Adam Belden called a time out.

Out of the break, the Lady Eagles put up one point, making it 15-7, but RCA countered with five more, making it 20-7. Neither team could get much going, with the score reaching 24-10 in Rock Creek’s favor before Lanesville put three consecutive points on the board to make it 24-13. RCA got the next point to end the game.

Lanesville got the first point for game 3, but Rock Creek put up the next nine before the Lady Eagles could score again to make it 9-2. The game finished much like game 1, with Lanesville only scoring nine points to RCA’s 25.

“I’m proud of our girls,” Belden said of the Lady Eagles.

He said this was a rebuilding year after graduating eight seniors last year. This year’s squad had three seniors: Elle Brooks, Jillian Kaufman and Josie Kaufman.

“We had a lot of net violations and missed serves,” the coach said.

Belden said his team got off to a rough start for the season, with COVID-19 delaying the beginning of the schedule.

“Rock Creek is on a roll,” Belden said.

It was the school’s fourth consecutive sectional championship.

The Lady Eagles’ roster included one junior, six sophomores and four freshmen.

“We’ll build on it for next year,” Belden said. “The parents have been very supportive of us. The new A.D. (Dr. Ryan Apple) has supported us. We’re very appreciative of it.”