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September 19, 2013

H.S. ROUNDUP: Highlanders squeak by Creek in four sets

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Last week, Silver Creek beat Brownstown Central for the first time in 24 years.

On Thursday, the Dragons had a chance to pull another upset but fell short against Class 4A No. 5 Floyd Central in four sets, 25-22, 25-9, 24-26 and 25-20.

“To be in a match with the No. 5 team in 4A says a lot about our program,” Silver Creek coach Jeff Zimmerman said. “We have high expectations for the kids. The problem has been getting across to our players that they’re capable of accomplishing those expectations. After beating Brownstown and now playing with Floyd Central, we feel like maybe we’re turning a corner.”

The Dragons led 22-20 late in the first set, but after leading the set nearly the entire way, the Highlanders came back for a 25-22 victory.

Floyd showed why it has one of the best volleyball programs in Indiana in the second set with a 25-9 win for a 2-0 lead.

Floyd led most of the way in the third before the Dragons came back for a 26-24 third-set win.

“We talked about having some court and stepping up and competing against some of these bigger teams,” Zimmerman said.

Sophomore Emily Reed came off of the Dragon bench for three kills and three aces in the Creek’s victorious set.

“She came in and gave us a nice little spark,” Zimmerman said of Reed. “Taylor Williams also came in and played some big-time volleyball.”

Silver Creek led again in the fourth set. This time, it held a 19-16 lead before Floyd coach Bart Powell called a timeout that led to a match-ending 9-1 run for the HIghlanders.

“We really felt like we were in it,” Zimmerman said. “Neither team they played as well they possibly could. Both teams were kind of flat.”

Danni Densford and Morgan Reining led the Dragons with nine kills apiece. Densford had four blocks and Reining added seven digs. Also for Creek, Kaitlyn Ramser finished with 32 assists, Kendra Kirchgessner had seven kills and Liz Mann led with four aces.

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