The Silver Creek volleyball team inched one step closer to the Mid-Southern Conference championship on Monday night with an easy 25-6, 25-5, 25-12 home victory over Salem.
Junior Liz Mann led the Dragons (18-11, 7-0 MSC) with a team-high 10 service aces and a team-high eight kills.
Silver Creek’s Danni Densford, Morgan Reining and Kelsi Scott each spiked five kills. Mann and teammates Emily Crase and Brynn Ware paced the Dragons’ defense with five digs apiece. Densford made four blocks and Scott chipped in three. Dragons’ junior setter Kaitlyn Ramser dished out 20 assists.
For the match, Silver Creek delivered 21 aces.
“Tonight, we were really focused. We served real well,” Dragons’ coach Jeff Zimmerman said. “Liz Mann played real well tonight — she was on. We’re just trying to keep getting better and we’re getting ready for sectionals.”
The Dragons are two wins away from claiming the outright conference title. Their remaining MSC matches will be at home against Austin tonight and at Corydon Central on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Silver Creek also will host New Albany on Thursday in a “Pink Out” match to raise breast cancer awareness.
SILVER CREEK 3, SALEM 0
At Silver Creek
Set scores: 25-6, 25-5, 25-12.
Silver Creek highlights: Kendra Kirchgessner 2 kills, 2 assists, 2 blocks; Danni Densford 2 aces; Sammi Teegarden 2 assists; Bailee Popp 2 aces; Morgan Reining 2 aces; Kaitlyn Ramser 2 kills, 2 aces; Kelsi Scott 2 assists, 3 aces; Morgan Reining 3 digs.
Records: Silver Creek 18-11 (7-0 MSC).
Next: Silver Creek hosts Austin, Tuesday.
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3, JEFFERSONVILLE 0
Set scores: 25-20, 25-23, 31-29.
Christian Academy highlights: Emily Haworth 12 kills, 3 digs; Krista Boesing 12 kills, 7 digs, 2 blocks; Sierra Rayzor 11 kills, 2 blocks, 2 aces; Alex Falcone 27 assists, 5 digs, 4 kills, 3 aces; Alex Lyons 6 digs, 5 aces; Hannah Staggers 8 digs; Clara Koch 7 assists.
Jeff highlights: Brooklyn Garris 6 aces; Jena Reinhardt 10 digs, 4 kills; Hannah Samuel 11 digs, 6 kills; Bayley Whitlow 8 digs; Sara Garwood 8 digs.
Quotes: Christian Academy coach Walter Pauly, “Our attack was balanced, and Emily Haworth had a huge night hitting. Although we did not have a lot of stuff blocks for points, our blocking was effective in funneling the ball to our defenders, which allowed us to generate our offense. We did a good job running down balls. We hung tough in the third set, fighting off a few set points and winning points when we had to. We tried to serve aggressively, but we need to reduce the number of service errors. Congratulations to Jeffersonville, they played hard and showed a lot of determination.”
Jeff coach Renee Stock, “I was very proud of my team. Even though we lost, we kept fighting hard. Both teams played hard, and it was a close and exciting game.”
Record: Christian Academy 21-6.
JV: Christian Academy 25-17, 25-13.
Next: Christian Academy at Rock Creek, tonight; Jeff at Jennings County, tonight.