By KEVIN HARRIS
The Henryville volleyball team finished fifth in the Bethany Burrier Invitational on Saturday at Borden High School.
The Hornets went 2-2 in the tournament. They lost their first two pool-play matches to Madison (25-11, 24-26, 15-12) and Seymour (25-10, 25-12) before finishing pool play with a victory over Hauser (25-22, 25-27, 15-11).
In the fifth-place match, Henryville knocked off Borden, 25-5, 25-22.
For the Hornets in the tournament, Cassidy Mull had 16 kills and five blocks and Courtney Rappe recorded 18 digs, 14 kills and six blocks. Also for Henryville, Emily Hollis dished out 40 assists, Kerri Cochran spiked 14 kills and Emma Hendricks and Audrey VanMeter each registered 10 service aces.
“I have to applaud Emily’s setting. She’s literally been setting three weeks, but her athletic abilities and her competitiveness make her look like she’s been doing it forever. She’s just a natural athlete and is going to do amazing things for us,” Henryville coach Shallon Hill said. “I have a group of girls who are so much different than any group I’ve ever had — different in a lot of ways. They’re going to do great things this season, no doubt.”
The host Braves earned a sixth-place finish in their loss to the Hornets. No other details on Borden were provided at press time.
NEXT: Henryville (2-4) at Charlestown, Wednesday.
• New Albany wins both matches in Bulldog Invite: New Albany won each of its two matches in the Bulldog Invitational on Saturday at The Doghouse. The Bulldogs defeated Jennings County (21-25, 25-17, 25-27, 25-17, 15-13) and Castle (17-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22).
Leading New Albany in the tournament was Alexis Lete with 26 kills and five blocks. Teammate Sadie Meyer had 52 assists, while the Bulldogs’ Madison Dibble made 52 digs. Also for New Albany, Audrey Donastorg had 30 digs and 23 kills and Brook McCoy had 20 kills and seven service aces.
“It was a great team effort,” Bulldogs’ coach John Breeding said.
NEXT: New Albany (3-0) hosts River City Invitational, next Saturday.
• Generals split pair of MSC matches: Clarksville rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat host Charlestown in five sets on Saturday, 16-25, 19-25, 25-14, 25-15, 15-5. But the Generals lost their other match in a Mid-Southern Conference doubleheader at Charlestown Sports Arena against defending conference champion Brownstown Central, 25-7, 25-7, 25-9.
Against the Pirates, Ali Sparkman led Clarksville with 11 kills, while teammate Bri Brown had nine kills. Generals’ setter Chey Bledsoe made a career-high 31 assists, and Clarksville libero Kayla Wallace had 16 digs.
“I was really happy with the play of junior Dani Pace, who had been previously utilized as a defensive specialist,” Generals’ coach John McEwen said. “Charlestown is much improved this year under the helm of coach Tammy Nuxoll. Her team came out strong and really took us out of our game plan.”
Versus the Braves, Wallace made nine digs.
The Pirates lost to Brownstown, 25-3, 25-5, 25-6. Against Clarksville, Charlestown’s Cassie Martin had 12 service points, eight kills and five aces.
“In the first two sets, we played with a lot of intensity,” Nuxoll said about the loss to the Generals. But when we started to get a few points down, we have not learned to fight our way back. We have to learn that we have the ability to come from behind.”
NEXT: Clarksville (2-2, 1-1 MSC) at Eastern, Tuesday; Charlestown at New Washington, Tuesday.
• Highlanders win Jasper Invitational: Floyd Central shot a team score of 350 to take first place in the Jasper Wildcat Invitational on Saturday at Jasper Municipal Golf Course.
Senior Eliza Hudson paced the Highlanders with an 83, followed by teammate Morgan Stanley with an 84. Floyd Central senior Scarlett Hartlage had an 85, and the Highlanders’ Ashley Dankovich and Jessica Ingram each shot a 98.
Even though the Floyd Central golfers struggled throughout their round, they will take the win according to coach Lenny Hartlage.
“We did not play very well. This golf course is kind of tricky for girls. It’s tight and hilly,” he said. “[The Highlanders] were disappointed with the way they played, but they got the victory. We’ll take it and move on to the next one.”
NEXT: Floyd Central in Sunnyside Classic on Tuesday at Valley View and Wednesday at Champions Pointe.
• Red Devils fifth in Jeff Invite: Jeffersonville scored 22 points to place fifth in the Jeff Invitational on Saturday.
The Red Devils’ tandem Kooper Falkenstein and Justin Padgett won the No. 2 doubles title, while teammates Jack Reilly and Chase Kayrouz placed second at No. 1 doubles. Jasper won the tournament with 36 points, winning all three singles positions.
“It was a great weekend for tennis at the Jeffersonville High School tennis courts,” Jeff coach Mark Reilly said. “Seven teams in the top 25 of last year’s final [state coaches] poll merged to compete in a major battle. Eleven of the 40 matches went to three sets and many matches went well beyond two hours.”
NEXT: Jeff at Jasper Triple Dual, next Friday and Saturday.
• Highlanders go 0-3 in Indy: Floyd Central lost all three of its matches during a visit to Indianapolis this weekend.
On Saturday, the Highlanders suffered setbacks to Brebeuf Jesuit (3-2) and North Central (5-0). Against Brebeuf, Floyd Central scored both of its points at doubles. At No. 1 doubles, Ryan Plunkett and Jack Stoner won 6-0, 6-2. The Highlander No. 2 doubles team of Austin Ivey and Alec Saxon prevailed 6-0, 7-5.
On Friday, Floyd Central fell at Cathedral, 4-1. Freshman Chris Boone scored the lone point for the Highlanders in a 6-3, 6-1 victory at three singles.
NEXT: Floyd Central (1-3) at Center Grove, Wednesday.
• Floyd Central edges East Central: Visiting Floyd Central picked up a narrow win on the road at East Central on Saturday, 2-1.
Henok Jones scored the Highlanders’ first goal in the fourth minute of the match. Teammate Zach Lewis had the assist.
Lewis then scored Floyd Central’s second goal in the 43rd minute off an assist from Sean Brown.
NEXT: Floyd Central hosts Providence, Tuesday.
• Lions stay undefeated with 3-1 win at Lanesville: Rock Creek remained unbeaten with a 3-1 victory on Saturday at Lanesville.
Scoring goals for the Lions were Ronald Karenzi, Immanual Malumba and Will Brown. Rock Creek junior Gedeon Nzombi had an assist on Brown’s score.
“I thought our defense did a great job today of maintaining control of the ball,” Lions’ coach Chris Brown said. “We played well and our defense protected our goalkeeper well, while also providing some opportunities in transition for our offense. I thought Blake Joseph and Dontrez Jessup had solid games today.”
Micah Lane collected the Eagles’ only goal on a penalty kick.
NEXT: Rock Creek (2-0) at Louisville Evangel, Monday.
• Warriors prevail in home opener: Cole Ragland made two goals in the second half to lead Christian Academy to a 3-0 victory over Scottsburg in its home opener on Saturday.
Ragland’s goals came in the 41st and 65th minutes of the match. The Warriors’ first goal happened in the 26th minute by John Park. CAI’s Minho Lee dished out two assists.
Warriors’ coach Wil Lorigan lauded the play of two of his defenders — Trenton Kastensmidt and Ryan Potter — in recording the shutout.
NEXT: Christian Academy (2-1) hosts Austin, Thursday.
• Dragons play to 1-1 tie at South Ripley: Visiting Silver Creek battled South Ripley to a 1-1 tie on Saturday, as both goals were scored on penalty kicks. Caleb Scarbrough booted in the Dragons’ goal in the second half.
Silver Creek coach Colin Bell said a big factor in the match was Dragons’ sweeper Kolton Eddy had to leave the match because of an injury.
“That forced some players to play out of position, which hindered us offensively,” Bell said. “I thought that we controlled more of the possessions and created more opportunities. We just lacked the composure in front of their goal today.”
NEXT: Silver Creek hosts Madison, Tuesday.
• Dragons fall at South Ripley: South Ripley scored in the 22nd minute of the match and held on to defeat visiting Silver Creek on Saturday, 1-0.
“We outshot them 14-7, but they capitalized on a defensive mistake,” Dragons’ coach Patrick Anderson said. “We passed the ball very well and got better today even though we lost.”
NEXT: Silver Creek at Southwestern, Tuesday.
• Pioneers split matches in District 5 tourney: Providence went 1-1 in the District 5 Tournament on Saturday at Columbus North.
The Pioneers suffered their first loss of the season in their opening match, suffering a 2-1 setback to Lawrenceburg. Alyssa Jones recorded Providence’s only goal in the second half.
The Pioneers bounced back in their second match with a 3-2 win over New Castle. Trailing 1-0, Providence tied the game in the latter half at one when Sarah Posante connected on a 25-yard diagonal shot. Jones then put the Pioneers in front at 2-1 with a goal shortly thereafter.
After the Trojans deadlocked the game at two, Posante got her second goal with five minutes left in regulation to give Providence the lead for good.
NEXT: Providence (2-1-0) hosts Forest Park, Tuesday.
• Warriors blank Southwestern: Amy Leffler and Autumn Kastensmidt each scored two goals in Christian Academy’s 9-0 victory over visiting Southwestern on Friday.
Teammate Brittany Albert each had a goal and two assists, while CAI’s Makenzie Wingham and a goal and an assist. Also kicking in goals for the Warriors were Kiersten Carruthers, Rachel Wright and Shannon Millar.
NEXT: Christian Academy hosts Salem, Monday.