Lady Eagles wake up late to win county volleyball title
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
Despite a 12-1 start to the 2022 season, the Lanesville volleyball team hit a slight speed bump in a matchup with Charlestown last Wednesday.
After sweeping Shawe Memorial just two days prior, the Lady Eagles found themselves on the receiving end of a 3-0 sweep at the hands of the Lady Pirates. Hoping to get over that aberration of a match, the Lady Eagles traveled to Ramsey the following night to face off against county-rival North Harrison.
In a match that would give the Lady Eagles a sweep of the Harrison County title with a win, the girls in purple found themselves in yet another malaise to start the contest as they dropped the opening set 25-18.
After scraping by to win the second set 25-22, the Lady Eagles’ offense woke up, soaring to win the final two sets by scores of 25-12 and 25-14 to take the match in four sets.
“Coming off the Shawe match the other night, I think we were worn out, so we played pretty sluggish at Charlestown,” Lady Eagles’ head coach Adam Belden said. “Playing North Harrison, we knew it was gonna be a good matchup, but I told the girls that we had to pick it up. We got on a bit of a service run, which I think was what got us going.”
“We really looked like the team I know that we can be in the first two sets,” Lady Cats’ head coach Caitlyn Burson said. “In the second set, we were moving on the block, covering quickly in order to set up our defense and really hitting aggressively and making smart plays.
“In the last two sets, we got tired and struggled to get quick balls,” she said. “Then, whenever we didn’t set up the block, it got pounded into the back row.”
The Lady Cats followed their loss by traveling to South Central for tournament action on Saturday, which included a 2-0 loss to Mitchell before turning around to defeat Tell City 2-1. After facing off against Jeffersonville on Monday, the Lady Cats will return home tomorrow (Thursday) to host Mid-Southern Conference powerhouse Silver Creek.
The Lady Eagles had a busy schedule going through the past weekend into the current week, starting with tournament action n Saturday in Henryville, sweeping Crothersville and Southwestern (Hanover) before falling to Christian Academy of Indiana in the championship match.
After defeating Perry Central 3-1 on Monday, the Lady Eagles got another crack at the Lady Warriors yesterday (Tuesday).
They will finish the current week tomorrow when they travel to face Southern Athletic Conference rival New Washington at 6 p.m.