By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Silver Creek earned another big win in 2013 on Thursday with a 25-12, 25-15, 18-25, 25-19 home triumph over New Albany on its “pink out” night for breast cancer awareness.
It was the first win for the Dragons under coach Jeff Zimmerman.
“This was a huge win for our program,” Silver Creek coach Jeff Zimmerman said. “To get a win against a team like New Albany says a lot about the growth of our program.”
The Dragons had little trouble winning the first two sets. They opened with a 25-12 victory and followed it with a 25-15 win.
“The first two games, we didn’t play well at all,” New Albany coach John Breeding said. “SC gets a lot of the credit. They served well and played hard. We’re having a hard time right now putting a whole match together.”
The Bulldogs showed some toughness with a third-set win by a 25-18 count.
“The third and fourth games, we played with a lot of heart and played pretty well,” Breeding said. “The kids played hard and come together as a group.”
“We knew going into the third set that they weren’t going to quit,” Zimmerman said. “They have way too much tradition just to lay down.”
Silver Creek put the match away with a gutty 25-19 win in the fourth and final set.
“I have an awesome bunch of kids who decided to leave it all on the court,” Zimmerman said. “They are truly like sisters. The leadership on this team is incredible.”
Liz Mann led the Dragons with 12 kills, 10 digs and a pair of aces. Katelyn Ramser had 35 assists and nine digs. Bailee Popp had a team-best four aces.
“We had some great contributions from a lot of players,” Zimmerman said. “Our coaches — Beth Hogan, Todd Zimmerman and Liz Cooper — have really worked their tails off on preparing this team for the postseason.”
New Albany was led by Audrey Donastorg’s 13-kill, two-block performance. Alexis Lete had seven kills and four blocks, while Brook McCoy added five kills and 16 digs. Sadie Meyer led the Bulldogs with 16 assists.
SILVER CREEK 3, NEW ALBANY 1
At Silver Creek
Set scores: 25-12, 25-15, 18-25, 25-19.
New Albany highlights: Audrey Donastorg 13 kills, 2 blocks; Alexis Lete 7 kills, 4 blocks; Brook McCoy 5 kills, 16 digs; Madison Dibble 19 digs; Kelsey Guess 2 blocks; Sadie Meyer 16 assists; Lindsey Harper 10 assists.
Silver Creek highlights: Liz Mann 12 kills, 10 digs, 2 aces; Katelyn Ramser 35 assists, 9 digs; Morgan Reining 9 kills, 15 digs; 1 ace, 1 assist; Kelsi Scott 9 kills; Bailee Popp 4 aces; Brynn Ware 11 digs.
Next: New Albany at Heritage Hills Invitational, Saturday; Silver Creek hosts Christian Academy, Tuesday;
NEW WASHINGTON 3, CLARKSVILLE 0
Set scores: 25-18, 25-9, 25-15.
New Wash highlights: Caroline Ricks 11 kills, 3 blocks, 3 aces; Courtney Amick 13 assists, 11 digs.
Clarksville highlights: Maiya Sutton 6 kills; Carol Hawkins 5 kills, 2 blocks; Kayla Wallace 9 digs; Bri Brown 8 digs; Ali Sparkman 8 digs, 2 blocks.
Quotes: Clarksville coach John McEwen, “New Washington was too solid and composed tonight. We had spots where we were competitive, but overall we lacked consistency. I am hoping we can get focused before Saturday. Freshmen Bri brown and Carol Hawkins both played really great and were aggressive. That is fun to see out of freshman. Junior Maiya Sutton was also really great tonight.”
Records: New Wash 14-8, Clarksville 13-13.
JV: Clarksville 24-26, 25-23, 15-5.
Next: Clarksville and New Wash at New Washington Tournament, Saturday.
FLOYD CENTRAL 3, MADISON 0
Set scores: 25-19, 25-19, 25-18.
Floyd Central highlights: Brooke Hinton 20 digs; Gwynn Jones 11 kills, 3 digs; Hannah Joly 3 digs; Kayli Dempster 6 digs, 1 ace, 1 kills; Mikaila Humphrey 10 kills, 2 digs; Remi Bowman 34 assists, 8 digs, 5 aces, 3 kills; Riley Kaiser 10 digs; Sydney Engle 5 kills, 4 aces, 18 digs; Tierney Flaherty 7 kills, 2 aces, 4 digs.
Next: Floyd hosts Brownstown Central, Thursday.
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3, TRINITY LUTHERAN 0
Set scores: 25-21, 25-22, 25-15.
CAI highlights: Krista Boesing 16 kills, 4 digs; Sierra Rayzor 7 kills, 5 aces, 1 block; Alex Falcone 28 assists; Emily Haworth 6 kills, 5 aces, 4 digs; Clara Koch 6 aces, 7 digs; Alex Lyons 6 aces, 3 digs; Abby Falcone 2 digs; Ezra Staggers 3 aces.
Quotes: CAI coach Walter Pauly, “Trinity Lutheran is a solid, well-coached team and this was a tough match. We worked hard to control the game and get them out of their system. Our middles did a good job holding their block and opening the outside for us. Clara Koch played a phenomenal game defensively and her serving was on. Krista Boesing had a strong night hitting.”
Records: CAI 22-6.
JV: CAI 21-25, 25-12, 15-8.
Next: CAI hosts Crothersville, Monday.
HENRYVILLE 3, SOUTHWESTERN 0
Set scores: 27-25, 25-16, 25-20.
Highlights: Courtney Rappe 9 kills, 3 blocks; Haley Huddleston 8 kills; Emma Hendricks 6 kills; Kelsey Johnson 17 digs; Emily Hollis 30 assists.
Quotes: Henryville coach Shallon Hill, “All of my girls are working hard and getting better each game — and that’s the goal. We want to be great, not just good.”
Records: Henryville 19-9.
Next: Henryville at Barr-Reeve Invitational, Saturday.
ORLEANS 3, BORDEN 0
Set scores: 25-18, 25-15, 25-17.
Borden highlights: Kristen Nestor 7 assists, 2 aces; Shelbie Farvour 7 kills; Haley Shouse 6 kills; Meg McNew 5 assists.
Quotes: Borden coach Gary Timberlake, “We’re looking for a leader to step up on the court. We played well at times, but Orleans is a well put together team.”
Next: Borden at Salem, Tuesday.