By GREG MENGELT
Brownstown Central has dominated Mid-Southern Conference volleyball like few teams have dominated a conference.
The Braves have won every MSC title since 1989.
However, after a 26-24, 25-14, 25-22 upset of the Class 3A No. 7 Braves, Silver Creek is currently sitting in the MSC driver’s seat.
“I told the girls that we still have some work to do [to win the league crown],” Dragons’ coach Jeff Zimmerman said. “North Harrison has a very good team and Corydon Central has a very good team.”
The win over the Braves is the first in the seven-year Zimmerman era.
“We’ve taken them to four sets a couple times — never even to five — but they stepped up,” Zimmerman said. “Going in we felt like we had an opportunity and the girls got the job done.”
The Dragons trailed 23-20 in the first set before scoring six of the final seven points to take control.
“The girls fought back and showed a little heart and finished,” Zimmerman said. “That’s what we’ve been preaching all year long: We need to finish against these good teams.”
Liz Mann had a big night for the Dragons with 10 kills, five digs and four aces. Kendra Kirchgessner had seven kills, two blocks and a service ace, Danni Densford added seven kills and three blocks, Morgan Reining finished with eight kills, nine digs and a pair of aces and Kaitlyn Ramser had 29 assists and eight digs.
Zimmerman knows his team will likely see the Braves again. Brownstown has won 16 straight sectional crowns and won’t give up its title easily.
“We know we’ll need to be ready to come to play at sectional time,” Zimmerman said. “They’ll want some revenge and that’s the big one.”
SILVER CREEK 3, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 0
At Silver Creek
Set scores: 26-24, 25-14, 25-22.
More Silver Creek highlights: Danni Densford 7 digs; Bailee Popp 7 digs; Morgan Knies 3 aces.
Records: Silver Creek 9-5 (3-0 MSC).
JV: Silver Creek 20-25, 25-17, 15-8.
Next: Silver Creek at Jeffersonville Invitational, Saturday.
NEW WASHINGTON 3, HENRYVILLE 1
Set scores: 25-9, 25-19, 18-25, 27-25
Henryville highlights: Kerri Cochran 16 kills; Courtney Rappe 12 kills, 22 digs, 5 blocks; Emily Hollis 49 assists, 3 kills, 14 digs; Haley Huddleston 7 kills, 23 digs; Audrey VanMeter 18 digs, 4 service aces.
New Wash highlights: Caroline Ricks 22 kills, 3 aces; Courtney Amick 20 assists; Ashley Johnson 21 digs.
Quotes: Henryville coach Shallon Hill, “Looking at just the stats, I had various girls really bring solid games tonight and it showed. We just came up on the wrong side tonight. New Wash is a solid team and are contenders in both the [Southern Athletic Conference] and the [Class] 1A sectional. The [New Wash coaching] staff has done an excellent job continuing the legacy coach Gary Graham started years ago. I always knew Gary would have his team ready, regardless of the amount of talent he had”
Quotes: New Wash coach Michelle McCutcheon: “This game was an intense conference rivalry. Both teams played as hard as they possible could. We made some mental errors, but I am extremely proud of my team. They battled back in [the fourth set] after being six points down, overcame the errors and fought to win. I loved to see their intensity and teamwork.”
Records: Henryville 6-6 (0-1 SAC); New Washington 7-3 (1-0 SAC).
Next: Henryville at Jeffersonville Invitational, Saturday; New Washington at Corydon Central Invitational, Saturday.
JEFFERSONVILLE 3, CLARKSVILLE 0
Set scores: 25-10, 25-13, 25-18
Jeffersonville highlights: Makenzi Johnson 16 digs, 10 kills; McKenna Woodard 4 aces; Brooklyn Garrison 11 kills, Hailey Lacy 5 blocks.
Quotes: Jeff coach Renee Stock, “We had a very strong offensive game tonight. We played with heart and were very aggressive. ... McKenna Woodard played great defense tonight. ... Brooklyn Garrison had a fantastic game with 11 kills. ... Sara Garwood and Bayley Whitlow worked hard on the back row passing and did not let much drop.”
JV: Jeff 25-18, 24-26, 15-11.
Next: Jeffersonville at Jeffersonville Invitational, Saturday; Clarksville at Rock Creek Academy Invitational, Saturday.
PROVIDENCE 3, HOLY CROSS (KY.) 1
Set scores: 25-19, 24-26, 25-20, 25-13
Records: Providence 8-3.
JV: Providence 21-19, 21-17.
Next: Providence hosts Clarksville, Monday.
ROCK CREEK 3, SOUTH CENTRAL 1
Set scores: 25-19, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21.
Rock Creek highlights: Susan McCoy 9 kills, 7 blocks; Kylie Tincher 8 kills, 6 digs; Marissa Weedin 6 kills; Brittney Page 7 kills, 7 blocks; Holly Whitworth 7 kills, 7 digs; Katie Clapp 35 assists; Ahyenday Thornton 6 digs.
Quotes: Rock Creek coach Jennifer Brown, “South Central scraped everything we threw at them, and they were more mentally prepared for the first [set] than we were. The girls rallied in the second game, coming from behind to win. We took over in [the third set] and then made mistakes again in [the fourth], but we were still were able to pull it out. We definitely have a lot of work to do, but I do see improvements each game. I was very happy with their play in [sets] 2 and 3, but we have to learn to play more consistently.”
Next: Rock Creek at Rock Creek Invitational, Saturday.
JEFFERSONVILLE 5, JENNINGS COUNTY 0
No. 1 — Austin Hunt d. Owen Land 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 — Brock Winchell d. Tod Brown 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 — Connor Buntin d. Avery Johnson 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 — Sam Coward-Jack Reilly d. Colton Pifer -Adam Jackson 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 — Kooper Falkenstein-Chase Kayrouz d. Conner Wheeler-Jacob Woods 6-1, 6-0.
Quotes: Jeff coach Mark Reilly, “I am pleased with how the boys continue to work on a daily basis. This team is very focused and knows that the [Hoosier Hills Conference] and state tournament will be here very soon. They show confidence, but also know that each one of them need to work on specific things in their game.”
Records: Jeffersonville 9-1.
Next: Jeffersonville at Floyd Central, Wednesday.
NEW WASHINGTON 3, SOUTH CENTRAL 2
At New Washington
No. 1 — Parker Gabhart (SC) d. Jake Zimmerman 6-3, 6-4.
No. 2 — Logan Miles (NW) d. Tanner Stark 6-4, 6-4.
No. 3 — Miles Matthews (NW) d. Austin Schoen 6-1, 6-0.
No. 1 — Henry Hentrup-Jack Turner (SC) def. Travis McKim-Collin Schindler 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).
No. 2 — Dakota Dieterlen-Caleb Ellison (NW) d. Dakota Lambert-Logan May 6-4, 7-5.
Notes: After starting the season 7-2, this was New Washington’s Southern Athletic Conference opener.
Quotes: New Wash coach Wayne Davis, “We didn’t play very well today overall, but learning to win those types of matches is very important. It’s a conference win and I’ll take that any day of the week.”
Records: New Wash 8-2 (1-0 SAC).
Next: New Wash at Southwestern, today.
BORDEN 5, PAOLI 0
No. 1 — Josh Vollstedt d. Jeff Kenney 6-2, 6-1.
No. 2 — Joseph Vollstedt d. Logan Cook 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3 — Kamden Hurst d. Kyle Street 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
No. 1 — Cody Craddock-Dylan Scott d. Jacob Tuell-Evan Marshall 7-5, 5-7, 6-1.
No. 2 — Elijah Franklin-Dawson Nale d. Trey Yother-Michael Fullington 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.
Next: Borden hosts Brownstown Central, Monday.
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 4, CLARKSVILLE 1
No. 1 — Adam Bryant (Cl) d. Justin Brown 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 2 — Bradley Gay (CAI) d. Griffin Foley 6-1, 6-4.
No. 3 — Seth Delbridge (CAI) d. Ethan Tackett 6-0, 6-1.
Notes: Christian Academy won both doubles matches by default.
Quotes: Clarksville coach Steve Welcher, “I thought Adam Bryant did a good job getting the win in a tough match. I still feel the guys are improving a lot.”
Next: Christian Academy at Southwestern Tournament, Saturday; Clarksville at Charlestown, Monday.
FLOYD CENTRAL 7, CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1
At Floyd Central
F — Henok Jones (unassisted), 10th min.
F — Zach Lewis (Garrett Crawford), 12th.
F — Sean Brown (Lewis), 30th.
F — Lewis (Tyler Menne), 47th.
F — Lewis (Jones), 50th.
F — Hunter Poff (penalty kick), 53rd.
F — Noah Wright (unassisted), 56th.
C — Garrett Couch (unassisted), 60th.
Shots: Floyd Central 25.
Quote: Floyd Central coach Tim Rice, “The boys played together and played like we have asked them to play.”
Next: Floyd Central hosts Seymour, Tuesday.
ROCK CREEK 14, HENRYVILLE 1
R — Ronald Karenzi (unassisted), 2nd min.
R — Gedeon Nzombi (unassisted), 7th.
R — Will Brown (Nzombi), 11th.
R — Immanual Malumba (Trenton Dethy), 15th.
R — Nzombi (Brown), 22nd.
R — Nzombi (Blake Joseph), 25th.
R — Nzombi (unassisted), 32nd.
R — Malumba (Nzombi), 35th.
R — Reggie Bailey (Jonny Wiers), 37th.
R — Karenzi (unassisted), 48th.
R — Brown (unassisted), 50th.
R — Karenzi (unassisted), 54th.
R — Joseph (unassisted), 57th.
R — Dethy (penalty kick), 62nd.
H — Koleton Frietas, 62nd.
Quotes: Rock Creek coach Chris Brown, “It was a good game for us. [We] got the opportunity to play some kids in different positions. I thought our midfield did a good job of maintaining possession of the ball and distributed well to our forwards making runs.”
Records: Rock Creek 6-0.
Next: Henryville at Silver Creek, Monday; Rock Creek hosts Austin, Wednesday.
SILVER CREEK 2, CORYDON CENTRAL 2
At Silver Creek
Halftime score: Silver Creek 1-0.
Silver Creek goals: Alan Cruz, Caleb Scarbrough.
Silver Creek assists: Gabriel Masso 2.
Saves: Silver Creek — John Osterhoudt 9.
Note: The Dragons led 2-0 before the Panthers scored two goals in the final 10 minutes.
Quotes: Silver Creek coach Colin Bell, “We played well in the first half of the game and got rewarded by being up 1-0 at half. We got a little taste of the win and began to play not to lose instead of playing to win. Thankfully, John Osterhoudt was on his game tonight or we could have easily lost. The majority of [his saves] were in high-pressure situations.”
Next: Henryville at Silver Creek, Monday.
CHARLESTOWN 5, SALEM 3
S — Jason Lewis (unassisted), 1st min.
C — Rodrigo Martinez (Michael Navetta), 8th.
S — Lewis (unassisted), 15th.
S — Lewis (unassisted), 18th.
C — Esdras Hernandez (Navetta), 22nd.
C — Navetta (Trent Wright), 25th.
C — Navetta (unassisted), 28th.
C — Bryce Shreve (Alfredo Arredondo), 76th.
Quotes: Charlestown coach Andrew Smith, “This is two games in a row that we have had to grind out results with sloppy, poor play and lethargic passing and off-the-ball movement. I am proud of my team for being able to comeback and get these results, but I really wish they would stop.”
Next: Charlestown at Southern Indiana Soccer Classic, Saturday at Southwestern.
SEYMOUR 6, NEW ALBANY 4
Halftime score: Seymour 4-2.
New Albany goals: Rachel Geveden 3, Stephanie Iglesias.
Notes: Geveden scored the Bulldogs’ final three goals for a hat trick. All four New Albany goals were unassisted.
Quotes: New Albany coach Tim Quakenbush, “The girls continue to make improvements in possession and in the attack. We’re still losing focus as a whole in the defensive third, but we will resolve that issue before tournament time. Rachel Geveden has been stellar up top this year and had a great game tonight.”
Records: New Albany 3-5.
JV: Tie, 1-1 (New Albany record 2-2-1).
Next: New Albany at Salem, Monday.
SILVER CREEK 4, CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1
S — Olivia Scarbrough (Alexis Bennett), 10th min.
S — Scarbrough (unassisted), 15th.
C — Brittany Albert (unassisted), 15th.
S — Natalie Jones (Scarbrough), 4th.
S — Scarbrough (unassisted), 52nd.
Shots: Silver Creek 28, CAI 11.
Saves: Silver Creek 7, CAI 19.
Quotes: Silver Creek coach Patrick Anderson, “Olivia played a very good game. But as a team, we could have done better. Their goalie played very well, but we didn’t make her work for most of her saves. Our placement on shots and passes needs to improve as we prepare for some really tough games coming up.”
Records: Silver Creek 3-2-1.
Next: Silver Creek hosts Corydon Central, Silver Creek Tournament, Saturday; Christian Academy hosts Silver Creek, Monday.
WEDNESDAY’S LATE RESULTS
MADISON 162, SILVER CREEK 181
At Hidden Creek G.C., Sellersburg, par 35
Medalist: Amanda Detmer (Madison) 33.
Madison: Detmer 33, Hannah Holt 41, Carmen Velasco 41, LeAnn Fox 47.
Silver Creek: Charlotte Seaton 42, Liv Schmidt 45, Emily Christman 47, Ashton Crutcher 47.
Quotes: Silver Creek coach Joe Ledbetter, “Madison is really good. They are just about on the same level as Floyd Central. It was a good match and they are a good team to watch. I think they are going to do well in their sectional, and I hope we are going to do well in our sectional. Our scores are getting closer to our target scores of the 170s. I think we’re making progress on that. We got beat by a really good team.”
Next: Silver Creek at MSC meet, Saturday at Old Capitol.
CRAWFORD COUNTY 3, EASTERN 2
No. 1 — Alex Doebler (E) d. Tim Knieriem 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 — Grant Newcomb (E) d. Drake Melton 6-1, 6-1.
No. 3 — Adam Beasley (C) d. Jordan Gray 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 1 — Ty Stevens-Tyson Sloan (C) d. Clayton Marshall-Terry Chism 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).
No. 2 — Brennan Kannapel-Brent Smith (C) d. Payton Sparks-Trace Myers 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Quotes: Eastern coach Greg Heldman, “Alex and Grant did a good job of taking care of business by maintaining their momentum throughout their matches. We worked hard at the other three positions, but we were unable to win some big points that could have changed the outcomes of those matches.”
Next: Eastern hosts North Harrison, Monday.