BY HANSON CRAFTON
After winning the opening set of the match, the New Washington volleyball team soon found itself in a bad spot after dropping the next two to Jeffersonville in a showdown on Thursday night at Johnson Arena.
But the Mustangs settled down and took control by winning the final two sets to take the match, 25-16, 11-25, 15-25, 25-17, 15-9, in what turned out to be a very competitive night for the teams.
Senior Caroline Ricks led New Washington with 21 kills, 19 digs, six service aces and three blocks. Teammate Courtney Amick dished out 17 assists, and Mustang senior Ashley Johnson had three blocks.
Jeff looked to have the match under control midway through, but allowed New Washington to rally, thus stealing the next two must-win sets.
Even though Jeff let this one slip away, Red Devils’ coach Renee Stock had some pleasant thoughts after the match.
“Mary Pat Geary had a great net game. She was very aggressive hitting and blocking,” Stock said.
Stock also credited Jeff setter Jena Reinhardt.
“She hustled and played well on offense and defense,” Stock said.
NEW WASHINGTON 3, JEFFERSONVILLE 2
Set scores: 25-16, 11-25, 15-25, 25-17, 15-9.
Record: New Washington 5-3.
Next: New Washington hosts Scottsburg, Tuesday; Jeff hosts Louisville Ballard, Monday.
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 3, NEW ALBANY 1
Set scores: 25-20, 21-25, 25-16, 25-16
New Albany highlights: Brooke McCoy three service aces, 13 kills, 13 digs; Alexis Lete two aces, 12 kills, six blocks; Sadie Meyer 32 assists.
Quotes: New Albany coach John Breeding, “Sometimes we played well — sometimes we didn’t. We’d get up and get back down. As a team, we all have to play well to beat a team like Brownstown.
Record: New Albany 6-1
Next: New Albany hosts Floyd Central, next Thursday.
SILVER CREEK 3, CHARLESTOWN 0
Set scores: 25-21, 25-23, 25-9.
Silver Creek highlights: Morgan Reining nine kills; Danni Densford seven kills, six aces; Liz Mann six aces; Caitlin Andrews 21 assists; Taylor Williams four digs.
Quotes: Silver Creek coach Jeff Zimmerman, “We’ve got to get a lot better or we’re in trouble this weekend.”
Next: Silver Creek at Brebeuf Invitational, Saturday; Charlestown hosts Christian Academy, Tuesday.
HENRYVILLE 3, EASTERN 0
Set scores: 25-17, 25-13, 25-15.
Henryville highlights: Courtney Rappe 10 kills, two blocks; Cassidy Mull seven kills; Emily Hollis four aces, 26 assists; Kelsey Johnson 12 digs; Haley Huddleston 11 digs, two blocks.
Quotes: Henryville coach Shallon Hill, “I’m certainly pleased with the girls’ efforts tonight. They came out each game, worked hard and played with intensity.”
Records: Henryville 6-4
Next: Henryville hosts Providence, Tuesday; Eastern at Lanesville, Tuesday.
ROCK CREEK 3, BORDEN 1
At Rock Creek
Set scores: 25-14, 25-13, 18-25, 25-23.
Rock Creek highlights: Kylie Tincher 12 kills, 11 digs; Susan McCoy 10 kills, 10 blocks; Marissa Weedin six kills; Brittney Page 10 kills, nine blocks, five digs; Holly Whitworth 11 kills, nine digs; Katie Clapp 32 assists.
Quotes: Rock Creek Academy coach Jennifer Brown, “I was extremely proud of the girls’ play tonight. I was thrilled with the way we stayed with it in the fourth. We were down 21-22, but didn’t give up. That’s the mental toughness I have been waiting to see. Susan McCoy was a great leader tonight. I was glad to see someone step up into that role.
Next: Rock Creek at South Central, next Thursday.
NORTH HARRISON 3, CLARKSVILLE 0
At North Harrison
Set scores: 25-16, 25-9, 25-18.
Clarksville highlights: Ali Sparkman seven kills, 12 digs, 3 blocks; Maiya Sutton four kills; Kayla Wallace 10 digs; Carol Hawkins two kills; Danielle Pace 10 digs; Cheyenne Bledsoe 14 assists.
Quotes: Clarksville coach John McEwen, “North Harrison’s serve was the best we have seen all year. They really took us out of our offense with their aggressive serving. You can tell they are a program that really works hard in the offseason. I expect they will win a lot of matches this years. Hats off to their coach.”
Records: Clarksville 5-3 (3-2 Mid-Southern Conference).
Next: Clarksville at Jeff, next Thursday.
JEFFERSONVILLE 6, MADISON 2
J — Alex Duckworth (Ben Mann), fourth min.
J — Isiah Salazar (Leonard Kwitonda), sixth
J — Ben Mann (Eric Martinez), 38th
J — Salazar (Duckworth), 44th
M — Buddy Lemen, 53th
J — Yered Lara (Salazar), 57th
J — Mann (Kwitonda), 58th
M — Dalton Grossman, 67th
Quotes: Jeff coach Carson Webb, “I’m very proud of the way we are finishing games. Some other guys got to get some minutes tonight. No matter what the time or score was my guys kept working. The best compliment I can say is we are working. I’m proud of them.”
Records: Jeff 6-1 (2-0 Hoosier Hills Conference).
Next: Jeff in the Hoosier Cup at Bloomington North, today.
SILVER CREEK 3, SCOTTSBURG 2
At Silver Creek
No. 1 — Andrej Halasa (Sc) d. Nick Sprinkle 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 — Brennan Thompson (Si) d. Brandon Boswell, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3 — Jake Steele (Si) d. Logan Amburgey 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 — Gabe Bauer-Isaac Corum (Si) d. Tyler White-Braxton Soloe 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
No. 2 — Isaac Everett-Mayson Noble (Sc) d. Anthony Less-Max Moore 6-3, 6-4.
Notes: Silver Creek handed Scottsburg its first MSC loss.
Records: Silver Creek 4-2 (4-0 MSC), Scottsburg (4-1 MSC).
Next: Silver Creek in doubleheader at New Palestine vs. University and New Palestine, Saturday.
PROVIDENCE 5, CLARKSVILLE 0
At Community Park, New Albany
No. 1 — Will Andres d. Adam Bryant 6-0, 6-3.
No. 2 — Jacob Quinkert d. Griffin Foley 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 — Landon Carrico d. Ethan Tackett 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 — Default
No. 2 — Default
Next: Providence at New Albany, today; Clarksville at New Washington, Tuesday.
NEW ALBANY 5, BORDEN 0
At New Albany
No. 1 — Logan Charbonneau d. Josh Vollstedt 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 — Alec Bates d. Joseph Vollstedt 6-1, 6-4.
No. 3 — Nathan Johnson d. Kamden Hurst 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 —Tanner Goller-Jake Kennard d. Cody Craddock-Dylan Scott 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 — Nick White-Zach Daniel d. Elijah Franklin-Dawson Nale 6-3, 6-2.
Next: New Albany hosts Providence, today.
WEDNESDAY’S LATE RESULTS
PROVIDENCE 201, SOUTH CENTRAL 277
At Chariot Run Golf Course, Laconia, par 36
Medalist: Colleen Geldermann 44
Providence: Geldermann 44, Alexa Wilson 56, Brooklin Grantz 52, Mary Ann Fitzpatrick 49, Nicole Kruer 57.
Next: Providence hosts Charlestown and Borden, Tuesday, at Covered Bridge.
NEW WASHINGTON 5, TRINITY LUTHERAN 0
At Trinity Lutheran
No. 1 — Jake Zimmerman d. Henry Welker 6-3, 6-7, 10-3 (super tiebreaker).
No. 2 — Logan Miles d. Aaron Black 7-5, 6-4.
No. 3 — Miles Mathews d. Conner Galyen 6-3, 6-3.
No. 1 — Travis McKim-Collin Schindler d. Jack Lucas-Andrew Rodriguez 6-2, 7-6.
No. 2 — Dakota Dieterlen-Caleb Ellison d. Brett Burbrink-Job Willman 7-6, 6-3.
Quotes: New Washington coach Wayne Davis, “We weren’t sharp today, but still managed to win. It’s not ideal, but it’s part of the process of an evolving team.”
Records: New Washington 4-1
Next: New Washington at Corydon Central Invitational, Saturday.