Madison’s Hannah Imel (6) fires an outside attack over the net as Scottsburg tries to put up a double block while Kelsey Preocanin (31) and Madelyn Thomas back up the play. The Cubs outlasted the Warriorettes in five sets to improve to 16-6 on the season. (Staff photo by James Pence)
Madison’s Hannah Imel (6) fires an outside attack over the net as Scottsburg tries to put up a double block while Kelsey Preocanin (31) and Madelyn Thomas back up the play. The Cubs outlasted the Warriorettes in five sets to improve to 16-6 on the season. (Staff photo by James Pence)
After playing eight matches in a span of six days — including five on Friday and Saturday — it’s understandable for any team to feel a little fatigued.

But fatigued or not, Madison volleyball still knew how to push through against a stubborn opponent.

With Tuesday’s match with Scottsburg tied 2-2, the Cubs gave a final push to hold off the Warriors 25-27, 25-12, 25-21, 19-25, 15-8 at Salm Gymnasium.

“(Scottsburg) came to win and played hard and gave us everything we had,” Madison coach Jeff Lawson said. “I’m proud of the girls for coming through in a match like that with all that we have been through the last four or five days.”

Both teams were in a tight battle in the first set. Madison looked to be in control leading 9-4, but Scottsburg scored 10 of the next 12 points to lead 14-11. Madison then scored four straight points to retake the lead 15-14 and the set was tight the rest of the way. Scottsburg had set point leading 24-22, but a Madelyn Thomas kill and a double block from Hannah Imel and Hope Miller tied the game 24-24. Tied later at 25-25 after point exchanges, a kill and a service ace by the Warriorettes ended the set 27-25 and put the Cubs in a 1-0 hole.

Madison played with a vengeance in the second set. The Cubs jumped out to a 7-3 lead and extended it to 11-5 before Scottsburg battled back to 14-11. The Cubs then went on a tear to finish off the set win with an 11-1 run.

The third set was deadlocked most of the way with neither team holding more then a four-point advantage, including a 15-11 Scottsburg lead before the Cubs roared back to tie the set at 17-17. Scottsburg then picked up two points to lead 19-17, but the Cubs answered with a big 8-2 rally to close the third set out 25-21.

Neither team gave an inch in a tightly-contested fourth set. Leading 15-14, Scottsburg went on a 4-1 run to push ahead 19-15, but the Cubs fought back to tie the game 19-19. The Madison comeback fell flat at that point and the Warriorettes scored six straight points to win the set and knot the match 2-2 to force a decisive fifth set.

In the fifth set, the Cubs led 3-0 before the Warriorettes cut it to 3-2 and the teams then traded points until Madison led 7-5. From that point on, the Cubs dominated play by going on a 8-3 run to finish the set and match in a wire-to-wire 15-8 win.

“After the fourth set, we came out strong and didn’t let down and played smart,” said Madison senior Kelsey Preocanin.

Kingsley Hanson served 19 for 21 with an ace and 13 digs, Hannah Imel went 19 for 21 serving with two aces and six kills, Addy Hill was a perfect 16 for 16 serving to go along with 11 digs, five blocks and three kills and Ainsly Liter served 14 for 16 with 20 kills and five blocks. Kelsey Preocanin served 13 for 15 with two aces, six kills and 45 assists, Madelyn Thomas went 12 for 14 serving with 14 digs and 18 kills and Hope Miller finished with nine blocks.

The Cubs, now 15-6, won’t have much time to rest as they travel to Henryville at 7 p.m. Thursday.



Lady Pacers now 9-6

Switzerland County volleyball had host New Washington down two sets but the Mustangs refused to go quietly and battled back to win the second and third sets and square the match 2-2 on Tuesday.

But in the end the Pacers (9-6) had enough to get the job done and rolled through the Mustangs 15-8 in the tie breaker for a 25-18, 26-24, 22-25, 15-25, 15-8 win.

Ally Furnish had 14 kills on 92 percent spiking with five solo blocks for the Pacers and Kinley Morton had 11 kills on 86 percent spiking and a block. Emerson Schroer had two aces and served 91 percent with 15 kill assists while Kalli Morton had an ace, seven kills on 92 percent spiking and a block and Delanie Swanson had six kill assists.

Emma Graebe led the Mustangs (3-9) with 15 kills while Audrey Eurton had 43 assists and Yasmine Webster posted 23 digs.

The Pacers were coming off a perfect 3-0 run while winning the Oldenburg Academy Invitational on Saturday.

Switzerland defeated South Decatur 25-12, 25-19, Waldron 25-16, 25-14 and host Oldenburg 25-22, 17-25, 15-11 in the championship game.

Kinley Morton had six aces, 100 pecent serving with 21 kills and three blocks, Furnish had nine kills and four blocks and Kalli Morton had eight kills and five blocks. Schroer served six aces on 90 percent serving with 21 assists

Kinley Morton, Schroer and Furnish were named to the All-Tournament Team.



Lanesville beats Shawe


Shawe volleyball was no match for Lanesville in a 25-16, 25-12, 25-22 loss on Tuesday night at Meny Gym.

“Had too many coverage break downs in the first two games before playing the third game much better,” said Shawe coach Tim Torrance.

Shawe (3-7) hosts South Decatur tonight.



Other Games ...

Carroll County defeated Grant County 2-1 on Tuesday in Dry Ridge, Ky.

The Panthers (7-5) dropped the first set 22-25 but then bounced back to fend off defeat 26-24 in set two and then closed out the win 25-21 in set three.

Trimble County lost 25-12, 25-8, 25-11 to Oldham County (16-4) on Tuesday as the Raiders saw their losing streak reach 10 games this season and 12 overall.