BY HANSON CRAFTON
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
The Silver Creek Dragons brought home their first ever Mid-Southern Conference title with a straight-set victory over Corydon Central on Wednesday.
The first two sets were very close and the Dragons looked to their leader to carry them to the promised land.
“They were pretty tight matches, then our senior captain Danni Densford took over,” Dragon coach Jeff Zimmerman said. “She really stepped up and ended up hitting over .600.”
Densford’s performace was matched by teammate Kaitlyn Ramser, who lead the team with 27 assists and 10 digs and two aces. Liz Mann and Morgan Reining chipped in seven kills of their own to help bring home the conference title. Mann also helped on defense with five digs.
“This was our first time we ever won conference. It was a goal we set at the first of the year. To see them achieve it says alot about this group of girls,” Zimmerman stated.
Silver Creek will have a little time to soak in its glory before the Dragons begin to get ready for sectional play, which begins next Thursday at Brownstown against the host Braves.
“We have been preparing for this all year,” Zimmerman said. “We go to Brownstown — it’s going to be a battle, but we are capable of beating them.”
SILVER CREEK 3, CORYDON CENTRAL 0
Set scores: 25-20, 25-22, 25-15.
SC highlights: Densford 10 kills, 2 blocks; Ramser 27 assists, 10 digs, 2 aces; Liz Mann 7 kills, 5 digs, 2 aces; Morgan Reining 7 kills; Kendra Kirchgessner 5 kills; Kelsi Scott 3 blocks.
Next: Silver Creek vs. Brownstown Central (Brownstown Sectional first round), next Thursday.
JEFFERSONVILLE 3, SOUTHWESTERN 1
Set scores: 18-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-17.
Jeff coach Renee Stock, “We had a rough start. The last three games the girls played hard and communicated very well. I played several JV players the last three games and they stepped up and took charge. We changed our offense from a 5-1 to 6-2 and the team transitioned beautifully. Excellent defense by Bayley Whitlow and Sara Garwood. Great setting games for Grace Lowe and Mallory O’Brien. Aggressive net play by Hailey Lacy, Madison Conn, McKenna Woodard, Elizabeth Donaway and Brooklyn Garrrison.”
Next: Jeff vs. Jennings County (Floyd Central Sectional semifinal), next Saturday.
TUESDAY LATE RESULTS
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3, SILVER CREEK 2
At Silver Creek
Set scores: 16-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-10.
CAI highlights: Krista Boesing 15 kills, 5 digs, 2 blocks; Sierra Rayzor 15 kills, 9 aces; Emily Haworth 4 kills, 4 digs, 3 aces; Alex Falcone 31 assists, 6 digs, 3 aces.
SC highlights: Danni Densford 15 kills, 7 blocks, 3 digs; Kendra Kirchgessner 7 kills, 3 blocks, 2 digs; Morgan Reining 10 kills, 5 digs, 1 block.
Christian Academy coach Walter Pauly, “This was a good match. Both teams played hard and Silver Creek is a strong hitting and blocking team. They are tough and it took us nearly a set and a half to get used to the speed of their game. For us, this is the type of win that shows we are turning the corner. Tonight was truly a team effort. Our defense kicked it up a notch and we hung tough when Silver Creek battled back in the fifth set. Our serving tonight was huge. We were aggressive and tried to take them out of their system. Alex Lyons played great defense tonight and Emily Haworth’s hitting made a difference in the final set. We played three freshmen tonight - McKenzie Haworth, Abby Falcone, and Sierra Rayzor — and they all contributed.”
Silver Creek coach Jeff Zimmerman, “Hats off to CAI. They fought hard and won the third, fourth and fifth sets.”
Note: It was Senior Night for Silver Creek, who will see Aleisha Brown, Emily Crase, Danni Densford, Kendra Kirchgessner, Madi Niemann, Morgan Reining and Lauren Roberts graduate in the spring. “These seven seniors are amazing young ladies,” Zimmerman said. “Their contributions as role models, leaders and great teammates are a huge reason for the success of SC volleyball. All seven players will be dearly missed.”
Next: CAI hosts Southwestern, tonight.