Cubs roll Tigers on senior night
Teams could face again in IHSAA sectional finals
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:00 AM
Madison coach Jeff Lawson viewed Tuesday's senior night match with Lawrenceburg as a possible preview of the upcoming sectional finals. If that's the case, then the Lady Cubs have something to look forward to as they rolled to a 25-23, 25-19, 25-14 win.
VOLLEY: Madison coach Jeff Lawson (above) called a timeout to regroup while trailing Lawrenceburg in Tuesday’s senior night match at Salm Gym. The Cubs responded by rolling to a 3-0 win over the Tigers as Madison started slow but finished strong in the win. Abigail Demaree (below) hammers a serve. (Staff photos by David Hill)
"It took us most of that first set to get any kind of tempo going," Lawson said. "They dictated the pace of the match in the early-going. We came out flat and they came out to win the match.
"I'm proud of the way we hung in there tonight," Lawson continued. "We rallied around our seniors (Samantha Knox and Alison Murdock) and those two girls played a whale of a game."
The two teams traded leads several times in the first game before Lawrenceburg held a 13-8 lead, forcing Lawson to call his only timeout of the match.
His words of wisdom seemed magical as Madison got off the mat behind the serving of junior Whitney Wynn, who scored six-straight points to give the Cubs an 18-15 lead.
The Tigers weren't finished yet. They battled back to tie the game at 22 and trailed 24-23 before Madison scored the final two points.
Game two was close in the early-going until Murdock's serving took over midway through the contest. Murdock scored eight-straight points to put the Cubs up by a 16-8 count.
Madison never looked back, despite allowing Lawrenceburg to score nine points late in the game and draw to within six before the Cubs scored their final point.
Madison dominated the third game from start to finish, opening up a 10-4 lead before the guests called timeout. The Cubs continued their dominance after the break to win easily.
"The tempo of the match really changed in the second game when we began serving and receiving better," Lawson said. "That enabled us to get the ball to the setter quicker.
"I think the turning point of the match was when Alison (Murdock) scored those six or eight points in a row."
Murdock finished the match 12-of-14 serving with three aces, four kills, six digs and four blocks. Knox was 9-of-10 serving and had 15 kills, three digs and a block.
Wynn had 25 setting assists and was 11-for-13 serving with five kills and five digs. Emily Holland had 10 kills and two blocks. Macky Hecox was 8-of-11 serving with five kills and seven digs, Abigail Demaree was 11-for-11 serving with an ace and 16 digs, and Olivia Crozier was 7-for-9 serving with an ace, four kills and five blocks
Madison ends the regular season with a 23-7 record and now has the luxury of getting a first round bye in the sectional tournament. The Cubs will face the winner between Greensburg and Batesville in the semifinals a week from Saturday.
"It feels good," Lawson said. "Now we can watch the other teams beat each other up. I think there's a really good chance we'll be seeing (Lawrenceburg) in the championship."
Shawe falls 3-2 to Twisters
Shawe Memorial went the distance with Oldenburg Academy before falling in five games in volleyball action on Tuesday.
The Hilltoppers lost the opener 25-13 but rallied to win the next two by scores of 25-21 and 25-22. Oldenburg put together its own rally and closed out the win with victories in games three and four by scores of 25-16 and 15-11.
Kalyn Robison collected 24 kills on 43-for-50 hitting and was also 29-for-36 passing for Shawe. Sarah Sanders was 22-for-23 serving with four aces and 22-for-22 setting with five assists. Angela Goley was 24-for-27 hitting with seven kills, Megan Goebel was 33-for-38 hitting with kills and 13-for-18 serving with four aces, Stephanie Snodgrass was 16-for-18 serving with four aces and 21-for-25 passing, Lauren Goebel was 45-for-46 setting with 12 assists, and Taylor Grote was 58-for-67 passing.
Shawe, now 6-20 on the season, hosts Charlestown on Thursday.