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Lady Rebels trampled by Mustangs

Lady Rebels trampled by Mustangs
Lady Rebels trampled by Mustangs
South Central junior Kendall Kiper tries to lift the ball over the hands of New Washington’s Megan Snelling during the first round of the Rock Creek sectional on Thursday. Photo by Brandon Miniard
Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

The South Central volleyball team struggled throughout the 2021 season, finishing the regular season with a 2-16 overall record and went winless in Southern Athletic Conference play. As the Lady Rebels entered the postseason, they hoped to turn their fortunes around as they confronted SAC-rival New Washington in the first round of the Indiana High School Athletic Association sectional at Rock Creek Community Academy on Thursday.

Hoping to avenge a three-game sweep at the feet of the Lady Mustangs eight days earlier, the Lady Rebels, instead, saw history repeat itself as the Lady Mustangs once again broke out the brooms in three sets, 25-9, 25-13, 25-19.

The Lady Mustangs burst out of the gate with a 6-1 run before Lady Rebels’ head coach Chelsea Thomas called the first timeout of the match. The brief break brought no reprieve for the Lady Rebels as the Lady Mustangs powered their way to a near effortless first-set victory 25-9.

The second set brought little change for the Lady Rebels as they fell behind 7-1. While their level of play improved somewhat, it wasn’t enough to catch the surging Lady Mustangs as they raced out to a 2-0 edge courtesy of a 25-13 victory.

With their season on the verge of its curtain call, the Lady Rebels rallied to start the third set, winning 10 of the first 16 points. Not wanting their chance of sweeping to slip away, the Lady Mustangs surged ahead with a 19-9 run to finish off the Lady Rebels 25-19.

With the loss, the long Lady Rebels’ season came to an end, as did the careers of their quartet of seniors: Emily Huda, Ellie Wibbels, Georgia Faith and Parker Thomasson.

Despite the first-round exit, junior outside hitter Kendall Kiper was selected as the Lady Rebels’ representative to the all-tournament team.