New Washington beat Rock Creek in just three sets to earn a sweep over the Lions on Tuesday.
“We traded the lead in all three [sets], but they were able to pull away the last few points,” Rock Creek coach Jennifer Brown said of the match.
Mustang senior Caroline Ricks had a solid performace, pounding home 14 kills and helping conrtol the nets with three blocks. Courtney Amick played as floor general, leading the Mustangs to victory with 24 assists.
Despite getting 55 assists from Katie Clapp, Rock Creek’s struggles on defense reared its head again, making it hard for the Lions to gain any momentum.
“We have moved our lineup around a bit and we are still getting use to it,” Brown explained. “Our back row has really struggled late in the season and this change definitely helps, but tonight, we lost way too many points on tips.
“New Washington found our weakness and it was right behind the block. We will be making some adjustments in the next few days. This will be something we will be working on going into sectional play.”
Both teams are in action later this week as they prepare for next week’s Class A Sectional at Christian Academy. New Wash hosts South Central on Thursday and Rock Creek hosts Cannelton on Friday.
NEW WASHINGTON 3, ROCK CREEK 0
At Rock Creek
Set scores: 25-20, 25-21, 25-19
New Wash highlights: Caroline Ricks 4 aces, 3 blocks, 14 kills; Courtney Amick 24 assists; Lexie James 12 digs.
Rock Creek highlights: Katie Clapp 55 assists, 7 digs; Susan McCoy 8 kills, 4 blocks; Marissa Weedin 8 kills, 4 digs; Holly Whitworth 3 kills, 9 digs; Kylie Tincher 11 kills.
Records: New Wash 15-8.
Next: New Wash hosts South Central, Thursday; Rock Creek hosts Cannelton, Friday.
TRINITY LUTHERAN 3, HENRYVILLE 2
Set scores: 25-17, 17-25, 25-16, 22-25, 19-17.
Henryville highlights: Courtney Rappe 16 kills, 3 blocks, 23 digs, 2 aces; Haley Huddleston 13 kills, 31 digs, 2 aces; Emily Hollis 45 assists, 14 digs, 5 aces.
Henryville coach Shallon Hill, “Definitely a tough loss. Aside from the first set, my girls played all-out great, intense volleyball that was fun to watch. We’ve told the girls to carry that heart and fight into the sectional, and if they do that, we will no doubt be pleased with our postseason performance.”
Next: Henryville at Providence (Sectional 46), next Thursday.
CORYDON CENTRAL 3, CLARKSVILLE 0
Set scores: 25-13, 25-21, 25-21.
Clarksville highlights: Ali Sparkman 8 kills, 3 blocks; Carol Hawkins 4 kills; Hannah Elder 15 assists; Bailey Sharp 12 digs; Kayla Wallace 11 digs; Bri Brown 2 aces.
Clarksville coach John McEwen, “Tonight was Senior Night and senior Hannah Elder got the start due to an injury to our starting setter. She really did a nice job in her first full match in that role this year. I think we really pushed Corydon to the limit in [sets] two and three. The difference in the match was our top three hitters all hit negative and we only hit .013 for the match. Defensive specialist Bailey Sharp came of the bench and played her best match of the season.”
Records: Clarksville 15-15.
Next: Clarksville at Scottsburg, Thursday.
MONDAY LATE RESULTS
SOUTH CENTRAL 3, CHARLESTOWN 2
At South Central
Set scores: 25-11, 25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 15-12.
Charlestown highlights: Megan Brooks 9 kills, 21 assists, 4 blocks, 2 digs, 1 ace; Kim Knight 8 kills, 6 blocks; Cassie Martin 6 kills, 3 assists, 5 digs, 2 aces; Erika Broady 5 kills, 2 assists; Hayley Layton 2 kills, 4 assists, 2 blocks; Shelby Goedeker 3 kills, 5 digs.
Charlestown coach Tammy Nuxoll: “Tonight was a competitive match against South Central. They played very consistent and didn’t let many balls fall to the ground. We had a little bit of slow start and struggled with our serve reception and serving. Once we settled down, we started to communicate better and played more aggressive. The last three sets of the night we played well, but we couldn’t pull it out in the end. I am encouraged with the way that we have been playing, and that’s a good feeling going into sectionals next week.”