Scottsburg pounds Lady Cats
Wade Bell, Sports Writer
It was a bittersweet Monday for the North Harrison Lady Cats volleyball team celebrating Senior Night then dealing with visiting Scottsburg which pounded its way to a three-game sweep. The Warriorettes figured out the Lady Cats quickly and punched holes in their defense.
“We’re struggling a little bit right now with coming together and playing with energy,” said North Harrison coach Caitlyn Burson, “and finding momentum in the sets because, once we lose that one or two points, it seems like we lose nine instead of fighting with some guts and work hard to sideout and move on. We sit in that moment for far too long, then, when we do sideout, our energy is so low that we can’t build any momentum after we do get the ball back.”
North Harrison had a good start with the senior class playing point for point with the Warriorettes through the first half of game one. Haiden Means then punched in a kill and two service aces for Scottsburg for a 14-11 edge. The Lady Cats called timeout, but Scottsburg followed with two quick bursts to lead 20-13. The Warriorettes controlled from that point on for a 25-15 win.
“They played pretty well together, and they were pretty motivated,” Burson said of her upperclassmen. “I know they wanted to win together as a group in that first game. They just had one little stretch where it was just too many points but, other than that, they worked really well together and showed they really care about each other and wanted to be there.”
Like they did in game one, the Lady Cats stayed in contact with Scottsburg but then a missed serve and two more service aces by Means put the Warriorettes up by five, 13-8. North Harrison responded to close within two after Scottsburg committed three straight hitting errors. The two teams traded missed serves, then AnneMarie Meagher fired in two kills to start a 6-0 Scottsburg run. From there, the Warriorettes cruised to a 25-16 win.
“We’re working a lot on reading holes better and figuring out when to sideout quicker, but it’s not clicking yet,” Burson said.
North Harrison’s intensity level took a downward turn in game three with Scottsburg running off a 9-0 run to lead 17-6. The Lady Cats failed to get a foothold as the Warriorettes rolled to a 25-14 win; Meagher blocked for two kills to finish the match.
Andrea Ness led North Harrison with seven kills. The Lady Cats missed 12 serves and had only two service aces. On a positive note, North Harrison had only seven errors.
“This team is a pretty gutsy group overall, and they’re pretty high energy and high motivated so it shook that characteristic of them and I think that’s why we’re struggling because that’s not who they are as individuals,” said Burson. “They’re such high energy, excited, fun people. So, I think that’s really showing in their game right now because they don’t look confident. They’re not playing confident, and that’s just where our struggle is.”
Meagher had a big night for the Warriorettes with 20 kills and four service aces. Aubrey Asdell had six kills and two aces, Means had four kills and five aces, Sophia Voiles had four kills and two aces and Haylie Smith had four kills. Scottsburg missed just five serves and dished out 14 aces. The Warriorettes had 22 errors.
“When they have lots of big hitters, like she is, on other teams it seems like that happens,” said the North Harrison coach. “I don’t know if our confidence gets down, but it seems like there’s a lack of communication (on) our blocks and our defense. If they’re not working together, it makes it a lot harder, especially on a really good hitter. Once we’re exposed, we don’t make adjustments quickly enough to pick up the next one.”
North Harrison has one last week to prep before next week’s sectional play begins.
“I think continuing to work on team building and just trying to build their confidence back up and trying to get them to enjoy it and just really work together as a group,” Burson said of what they need to focus on. “We need all six of them at their highest level before we get there in two weeks.”