News and Tribune

October 25, 2013

H.S. VOLLEYBALL: Floyd, New Albany win on thrilling opening night at Floyd Sectional

Highlanders win nailbiter over Seymour; Bulldogs shock BNL

By KEVIN HARRIS
kevin.harris@newsandtribune.com

FLOYDS KNOBS — It was an exciting night in the opening round of the Class 4A Floyd Central Sectional on Thursday night at Highlander Gymnasium.

The first match was a barnburner, while the nightcap provided an upset.

Class 4A No. 6 Floyd Central defeated seventh-ranked and Hoosier Hills Conference rival Seymour in the sectional opener, 22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 14-25, 15-11. It was the third time the teams have played each other this season with the Highlanders winning two of them.

New Albany followed by surprising Bedford North Lawrence in Thursday’s second match, 20-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-23.

The Bulldogs and the Highlanders will square off in Saturday’s first semifinal at 10 a.m. The second semifinal will pit Jeffersonville against Jennings County at about noon. The championship match will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday.



SEYMOUR-FLOYD CENTRAL

The Owls (30-4) had the momentum entering the fifth set. They closed out the fourth set with five consecutive points to win by 11 and tie the match at two games apiece.

The final set was nip-and-tuck with the largest lead being four points. The Highlanders (26-8) put some daylight between them and Seymour in the closing moments of the match. With Floyd Central up 12-11, junior setter Remi Bowman delivered a kill to extend the lead to two.

Bowman followed that up with a service ace to give the Highlanders a 14-11 advantage. The match ended when Seymour junior Audrey Speer spiked the ball into the net, as the Floyd Central players celebrated on the court in pulling off the hard-fought victory. It was the second time this season the squads have played a five-set match.

“I gave them my best Knute Rockne speech between Games 4-5 and we held on,” Highlanders’ coach Bart Powell said. “We knew Seymour was coming in to rock us.”

Tierney Flaherty led the Floyd Central hitters with 13 kills, while teammate Mikaila Humphrey had eight kills. Highlander senior Sydney Engle had a solid all-around match with 19 digs, seven kills and four blocks. Bowman dished out 35 assists.

As for the Floyd Central defense, Brooke Hinton made 33 digs and Kaylie Dempster ended up with 22.

Seymour senior outside hitter Hayden Dailey delivered a match-high 25 kills along with four aces. Teammate Megan Kimbley chipped in 13 kills and six blocks.

The match was the last for long-time Owls’ coach Angie Lucas, which Powell praised afterwards.

“She’s an outstanding coach,” Lucas said. “She’s got I’m going to guess around 600 wins as a coach in her 25-30 years.”



BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE-NEW ALBANY

Bulldog middle hitter Alexis Lete paced New Albany (15-18) to probably its biggest victory of the season. The junior ended up with match highs in kills (17) and blocks (three).

Bulldog junior Audrey Donastorg chipped in 10 kills and three aces, while teammate Brook McCoy had eight kills and five aces. The key set for New Albany was the third. Bedford (24-8) built a 23-21 lead after back-to-back kills by junior Lexie Scott.

The Bulldogs scored four straight points to take the game and a one-set advantage entering the fourth set. The key points during the set-ending 4-0 run was a kill by Kelsey Guess and an ace by Madison Almon.

The Stars led 12-10 midway through Set 4. New Albany turned the tables with a 7-1 spurt to go up 17-13. During that run, McCoy served three consecutive aces.

With the Bulldogs up 24-21, Bedford pulled to within one after back-to-back kills by Gabriele Arthur and Rilee Knight. Donastorg sewed up the upset with a kill to set up the Floyd County matchup on Saturday morning.

“Last week in practice, the kids finally bought into what the coaching staff was talking about all season,” New Albany coach John Breeding said. “The girls did a nice job. We’ve had a tough season and we’ve preached about having heart and fighting through things. It was a huge win for us.”



CLASS 4A FLOYD CENTRAL SECTIONAL

At Floyd Central

FLOYD CENTRAL 3, SEYMOUR 2

Seymour            25 20 16 25 11

Floyd Central    22 25 25 14 15

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS


    Aces — Seymour: Hayden Dailey 4, Chandler Clark 2, Katy Nolting 2; Floyd Central: Kaylie Dempster 4, Brooke Hinton 4.

    Assists — Floyd Central: Remi Bowman 35.

    Blocks — Seymour: Megan Kimbley 6, Jessica Lucas 2, Audrey Speer 2; Floyd Central: Sydney Engle 4, Bowman 2.

    Digs — Floyd Central: Hinton 33, Dempster 22, Engle 19, Riley Kaiser 11, Tierney Flaherty 8, Bowman 7, Mikaila Humphrey 7.

    Kills — Seymour: Dailey 25, Kimbley 13, Clark 11, Speer 6, Emilee Pollman 4, Lucas 3; Floyd Central: Flaherty 13, Engle 7, Jones 7, Humphrey 8, Bowman 6, Lauren Koopman 6.



NEW ALBANY 3, BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 1

Bedford NL     25 17 23 23

New Albany    20 25 25 25

MATCH HIGHLIGHT
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    Aces — Bedford NL: Alyssa Spears 3, McKenzi Abel 2, Gabrielle Arthur 2; New Albany: Brook McCoy 5, Audrey Donastorg 3, Madison Almon 2.

    Blocks — Bedford NL: Abigail Brim 1; New Albany: Alexis Lete 3.

    Kills — Bedford NL: Lexie Scott 16, Arthur 12, Rilee Knight 8, Spears 3, Hannah Dotts 3; New Albany: Lete 17, Donastorg 10, McCoy 8, Lindsay Harper 4, Kelsey Guess 3.