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Sectional 29 Round 1- Batesville 3, Rushville 0

Batesville- 3A Sectional 29 host Batesville opened the 2019 state volleyball tournament with a solid performance Tuesday.  The Bulldogs defeated Rushville 25-14, 25-16 and 25-15.

This match was part of our Margaret Mary Health Fall Sports Webcast Schedule and can be seen again in 720p HD by clicking here.

Coach Nan Scanlan’s Lions played the Dogs tough in a 3-1 loss at Rushville during their September conference meeting.  The Lions had one convincing set victory and, while losing the other three, finished with 22 points in each.

But Tuesday’s postseason opener was different.  Almost half of the Bulldogs’ points in their 25-14, first-set victory were handed to them due to Rushville errors.

On the plus side for the Lions, their errors went down in sets two and three, but coach Kateri Paul’s Batesville bunch elevated their play earning 15 points in game two’s 25-16 final and 20 points in a deciding 25-15 set three.

Both teams played better as the night went on, but Batesville started a step ahead and remained a step ahead.

Our Southeastern Indiana REMC Power Player of the Match was Bulldog senior Macy Prickel.  The all-around player had nine kills, three aces, eight digs and no errors on 15 serve receptions.

Teammate Cayman Werner had a match-high 10 hammers. Kerigan Haskamp and Kylie Laker both had three blocks.  Laker also notched 32 assists and three aces.  Laney Walsman served three aces, tallied 13 digs and matched Prickel with 15 serve receptions.

For Rushville, Kourtney Ash and Kendra Hamilton both logged four kills.  Abby Buckley picked up a pair of blocks.  Macy Hoeing had 15 digs.  Olivia Yager added seven assists while Jama Barnes netted 18 serve receptions.

Batesville, now 18-10, advances to Saturday’s semifinals and will play Connersville at 11 am.  Thursday’s round one winners will follow in match two. The championship is scheduled for 7 pm.

SEI Local Sports will have live coverage Saturday beginning at 10:35 am for both semifinal then return at 6:35 pm for the championship.  We will resume our first round coverage Thursday at 5:35 pm as Franklin County plays Greensburg in match one followed by South Dearborn and Lawrenceburg in match two.

Please go support these teams in person if you can. But if you can’t be there, join us on our website, Livestream or Facebook.

Rushville ends a much-improved season at 12-14.  The dozen victories in 2019 double last year’s total of six.  It also is more than the eight total matches won during the program’s previous three years combined.

“I have to say this hurts,” said Scanlan.  “I feel bad for the girls.  It was just one of those nights where nothing went our way.  I told the players in the locker room they cannot let this loss define them or what they have accomplished in the last two years.  I had three seniors who in their first two years of high school volleyball had only two wins and had not won a conference game.  When we started this journey together last year, we talked about changing this program and making a difference.  They have done that and it is something they can be proud of.”

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