Madison volleyball scores 20th win in split with 4A No. 12 Bedford NL, No. 6 Seymour
Monday, September 30, 2013 11:00 AM
Madison volleyball acquitted itself very well on Saturday, splitting a pair of Hoosier Hills Conference matches against two ranked opponents in Seymour.
The Lady Cubs, who picked up votes in this week's Class 3A coaches poll, defeated Class 4A No. 12 Bedford North Lawrence 25-16, 25-23. Madison then dropped a tight battle to Class 4A No. 6 Seymour 25-20, 25-22.
It was the second time this season Madison has fallen to Seymour, which is responsible for two of the Lady Cubs' three losses. The third loss was a forfeit.
Emily Holland collected 14 kills and seven blocks over the two matches while Olivia Crozier had 10 kills and 13 blocks. Katie Hartman had eight kills and was 18-for-18 serving, Abigail Demaree was 16-for-17 serving and had 10 digs, Whitney Wynn had 40 assists and Macky Hecox had 10 digs.
Madison, now 20-3 on the season, travels to Jennings County on Tuesday. The Lady Cubs have eight matches left in the regular season and currently sit four wins shy of the school record 24 set last year.
Rebels finish third in own invitational, Shawe goes 0-3
Southwestern and Shawe volleyball competed in the Southwestern Invitational on Saturday.
Southwestern split four games to earn a third place finish. The Rebels won their first two matches, defeating Shawe 25-16, 25-21 and Rock Creek 25-21, 25-19.
Hoping to play for a championship in its own gym, Southwestern faltered in the final two matches, losing to South Decatur 25-18, 25-22 and Christian Academy 23-25, 25-17, 15-5.
"We played all right over the course of the day," Southwestern coach Chris Johnson said. "We definitely had more positive points than negative points. We simply made too many mistakes at critical times to win more of those matches. I didn't feel like we played our best game against South Decatur. The first set against Christian Academy was our best set all day but we were not able to maintain that level of play during the next two sets."
Karli Long had 37 kills, 26 digs and two aces throughout the four matches. Sarah Anderson had 53 assists, 14 digs and three aces and Skyla Judkins had 18 kills, 21 digs and six aces. Kelsi Brierly added 36 digs and six aces.
Looking to rebound from its loss to the Rebels, Shawe got off to a fast start in match two versus Rock Creek, winning the first set 26-24 but struggled to sustain momentum in the final two sets to lose 25-14 and 15-9.
With fatigue beginning to factor in, Shawe lost its final match of the afternoon to Austin, 25-16, 25-22.
"We played well at times but we were not consistent and missed a lot of opportunities throughout the day," Shawe coach Kelly Hill said. "We are still playing with several girls out with injuries but overall we feel like the team is making some improvements."
Jenna Armstrong led Shawe on the day, going 27-of-33 attacking, 89-of-93 setting, 47-of-53 passing and 21-of-23 serving. She also added four kills and two aces.
Megan Goebel added 12 kills while Shelby Greene and Claire Higgins had nine and four kills, respectively. Higgins also totaled nine digs.
"Each girl has improved their individual skills," Hill said. "Now we just need to pull it all together. It would be really nice to get a win."
Southwestern (11-11) travels to New Washington on Tuesday. Shawe hosts Switzerland County on Tuesday for an Ohio River Valley Conference match.