BY HANSON CRAFTON AND GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Last week, Silver Creek beat Brownstown Central for the first time in 24 years.
On Thursday, the Dragons had a chance to pull another upset but fell short against Class 4A No. 5 Floyd Central in four sets, 25-22, 25-9, 24-26 and 25-20.
“To be in a match with the No. 5 team in 4A says a lot about our program,” Silver Creek coach Jeff Zimmerman said. “We have high expectations for the kids. The problem has been getting across to our players that they’re capable of accomplishing those expectations. After beating Brownstown and now playing with Floyd Central, we feel like maybe we’re turning a corner.”
The Dragons led 22-20 late in the first set, but after leading the set nearly the entire way, the Highlanders came back for a 25-22 victory.
Floyd showed why it has one of the best volleyball programs in Indiana in the second set with a 25-9 win for a 2-0 lead.
Floyd led most of the way in the third before the Dragons came back for a 26-24 third-set win.
“We talked about having some court and stepping up and competing against some of these bigger teams,” Zimmerman said.
Sophomore Emily Reed came off of the Dragon bench for three kills and three aces in the Creek’s victorious set.
“She came in and gave us a nice little spark,” Zimmerman said of Reed. “Taylor Williams also came in and played some big-time volleyball.”
Silver Creek led again in the fourth set. This time, it held a 19-16 lead before Floyd coach Bart Powell called a timeout that led to a match-ending 9-1 run for the HIghlanders.
“We really felt like we were in it,” Zimmerman said. “Neither team they played as well they possibly could. Both teams were kind of flat.”
Danni Densford and Morgan Reining led the Dragons with nine kills apiece. Densford had four blocks and Reining added seven digs. Also for Creek, Kaitlyn Ramser finished with 32 assists, Kendra Kirchgessner had seven kills and Liz Mann led with four aces.
FLOYD CENTRAL 3, SILVER CREEK 1
At Silver Creek
Set scores: 25-22, 25-9, 24-26, 25-20
Records: Silver Creek 11-8, Floyd Central 8-5.
JV: Silver Creek 25-10, 25-17.
Freshmen: Silver Creek 25-20, 25-17.
Next: Floyd Central and Silver Creek at New Albany Ultra Ankle Challenge, Saturday.
PROVIDENCE 3, NEW WASHINGTON 0
Set scores: 25-18, 25-15, 25-10
Providence highlights: Taylor Wilson 16 kills; Jacquie Hornung 9 kills, 3 blocks, 6 digs; Haley Libs 6 kills, 6 digs; Carlie Combs 4 kills, 2 digs; Patricia Mattingly 33 assists; Abby Spitznagel 17 service points, 4 aces, 4 digs; Audrey Shannon 16 digs, 12 service points, 3 aces.
New Wash highlights: Caroline Ricks 9 kills, 2 aces; Courtney Amick 11 assists; Kerri Cochran 14 digs.
Quotes: Providence coach Terri Purichia, “I felt that we started a little flat through the first set and part of the second set after an emotional five-set win [over Floyd Central on Wednesday]. We were able to get more focused as the match went on. [New Wash coach] Michelle [Ricks] has done a great job and they have some great athletes.”
Records: Providence 14-3.
JV: Providence 2-0.
Freshmen: Providence 2-0.
Next: Providence at Ben Davis Invitational, Saturday; New Washington at Christian Academy, Monday.
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3, CLARKSVILLE 0
Set scores: 25-11, 25-22, 25-10.
CAI highlights: Krista Boesing 9 kills; Sierra Rayzor 7 kills, 2 blocks; Emily Haworth 3 kills, 3 digs; Hannah Staggers 6 aces, 12 digs; Ezra Staggers 3 aces; Clara Koch 7 digs; Alex Lyons 3 digs; Alex Falcone 31 assists.
Clarksville highlights: Hannah Elder 11 assists; Ali Sparkman 8 kills; Kayla Wallace 2 aces, 10 digs.
CAI coach Walter Pauly: “Tonight was not our best effort, especially the second set where we lost focus. Fortunately we regrouped in the third set. We picked up the defensive intensity and our serving kept them off balance. Hannah Staggers was great in the back row with 12 digs, and Clara Koch made som incedible defensive plays. Emily Haworth, Ezra Staggers, and Alex Lyons all had good matches. Clarksville’s Ali Sparkman was fantastic tonight, Clarksville played well and they dug a lot of balls.”
Clarksville coach John McEwen: “Christian Academy is a solid volleyball team. We had them down 20-17 in game two, and we just haven't figured out how to close out a game. As soon as the girls decide to fight and give 100 percent no matter what, we will be a more successful team. Senior Hannah Elder did any amazing job coming off the bench as setter. Her enthusiasm and attitude on the floor makes everyone better. Ali Sparkman also had a great match offensively. She is great when she is aggressive like she was tonight.”
Records: Clarksville 7-8, Christian Academy 10-6.
Next: Clarksville at Borden Tournament, Saturday; CAI hosts Shawne Memorial, Saturday.
MADISON 3, HENRYVILLE 0
Set scores: 25-21, 25-19, 25-17.
Henryville highlights: Kerri Cochran 7 kills; Haley Huddleston 4 kills, 7 digs; Kelsey Johnson 9 digs, 4 aces; Emily Hollis 17 assists, 5 digs.
Quotes: Henryville coach Shallon Hill, “We played really hard. We had a few points throughout the night that are among the best points and plays we've had all season. They're really learning to play all out and never stop. Emily Hollis specifically is working her tail off setting and doing work for us every night.”
Records: Henryville 9-9.
Next: Henryville hosts Henryville Invitational, Saturday.
SALEM 3, CHARLESTOWN 0
Set scores: 25-11, 25-11, 25-13.
Charlestown highlights: Cassie Martin 4 kills, 1 block; Megan Brooks 2 kills, 6 assists, 1 block; Lauren Crowe 1 kill; Kim Knight 2 kills, 4 blocks; Haley Layton 1 block; Erica Broady 1 ace.
Quotes: Charlestown coach Tammy Nuxoll, “Tonight I was very proud of our Lady Pirates. We were having difficulty with our PA system and not going to be able to do announcements or the National Anthem. Both teams collaborated and stood together alternating Lion, Pirate, Lion, Pirate and led the crowd in singing the National Anthem to honor our country. It was truly a great act of patriotism and team work. ... We were flat tonight in our match against Salem. We did not communicate very well and did not pull together as a team. Passing has been our nemesis for most of the season and that didn’t change tonight.”
Next: Charlestown hosts Austin, Monday.
FLOYD CENTRAL 5, NEW ALBANY 1
At New Albany
F — Zach Lewis (Henok Jones), 1st min.
N — Angeles (unassisted), 20th.
F — Lewis (unassisted), 38th.
F — Lewis (penalty kick), 39th.
F — Lewis (unassisted), 50th.
F — Tyler Menne (corner kick), 76th.
Notes: The hat trick was Lewis’s third of the year. He now has 15 goals on the season. His first goal came on a corner kick. Menne’s goal came on direct kick on a corner.
Quotes: Floyd Central coach Tim Rice, “They played well and it was a tough game until until the fourth coach from Zach. That took a little of of the air out of them. It was a good win for us. ... [Lewis] has been playing tremendous for us.”
Records: Floyd Central 7-0-3.
JV: Floyd Central 5-0.
Next: Floyd Central hosts Columbus East, Saturday; New Albany hosts Jennings County, Saturday.
JEFFERSONVILLE 5, CLARKSVILLE 0
No. 1 — Austin Hunt d. Adam Bryant 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 — Brock Winchell d. Griffin Foley 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 — Connor Buntin d. Ethan Tacket 6-0,6-0.
Notes: Jeffersonville won both doubles matches by default.
Records: Jeffersonville 11-1.
Quotes: Jeff coach Mark Reilly, “This weekend we play in the eight-team Jeff Classic. [Eighth-ranked] Evansville Memorial, who just knocked off No. 6-ranked Jasper this week 4-1, will be there.”
Next: start Jeffersonville hosts Jeff Classic, today and Saturday.
• Borden at New Washington boys’ tennis was postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced.
WEDNESDAY’S LATE RESULTS
CORYDON CENTRAL 3, EASTERN 2
No. 1 — Quenton Coffman (C) d. Alex Doebler 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 — Grant Newcomb (E) d. Jeremy Buess 6-2, 6-1.
No. 3 — Jordan Gray (E) d. Clatyon Schreck 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 — Ryan Price-Nick Keith (C) d. Terr Chism-Clayton Marshall 6-1, 6-3.
No. 2 — Kyle McPhillips-Jackson Taylor (C) d. Payton Sparks-Trace Myers 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Quotes: Eastern coach Greg Heldman, “We are knocking on the door but just have not been able to get that third point that we need. However, it is not for lack of effort [and] I am pleased with our focus and determination. We are competing at every position and that is the first step to winning more matches. Now we need learn how to win some crucial points that could turn a game and set around in our favor.”
Records: Eastern 3-6 (2-4 MSC)
JV: Corydon 2-0.
Next: Eastern at Jeffersonville Invitational, today and Saturday.
ROCK CREEK 9, AUSTIN 0
At Rock Creek Academy
R — Gedeon Nzombi (unassisted), 5th min.
R — Nzombi (Will Brown), 13th.
R — Ronald Karenzi (Brown), 27th.
R — Nzombi (Brown), 36th.
R — Reggie Bailey (Tanner Gerth), 36th.
R — Nzombi (unassisted), 37th.
R — Karenzi (Brown), 43rd.
R — Karenzi (Gerth), 50th.
R — Blake Joseph (unassisted), 53rd.
Notes: Nzombi and Karenzi each had a hat trick, while Brown had four assists.
Quotes: Rock Creek coach Chris Brown, “I thought we did a good job of working the ball and creating opportunities to score on both through-balls and from crossing the ball toward the mouth of the goal. It was a good opportunity to get some of the younger guys some experience in the second half.”
Records: Rock Creek 7-0.
Next: Rock Creek at Corydon Central, Monday.