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August 25, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Hornets end up fifth in Bethany Burrier Invitational

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BORDEN — 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.

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