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3A Sectional 29 Round 1- Greensburg 3, Franklin County 0

Batesville- Greensburg defeated Franklin County 3-0 in Thursday’s first round volleyball match of 3A Sectional 29 in Batesville.  The Pirates prevailed 25-9, 25-20 and 25-7.

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

The now 27-1 Pirates were a heavy favorite entering the rematch with the Wildcats.  When Franklin County was healthy during the September 14 pairing with the Pirates, Greensburg won in three sets.  For their second meeting at the sectional, coach June Rigney’s Pirates had an even easier night as GCHS held the Cats to under 10 points in two of the three sets played.

Franklin County coach Jill Mergenthal was in scramble mode missing two key players and having a third who was playing far less than 100 percent.  Her lineup was further compromised when she lost another player to injury in game one.  It was a tough night.

But to Franklin County’s credit, the Wildcats played hard and played well in the second set.  There were several flashes of solid play with really good effort and hustle.  The Wildcats led 14-11 and 18-17 before the Pirates took back the advantage for good and won 25-20.

In sets one and three, Greensburg was just too much as the Pirates cruised to wins of 25-9 and 25-7.

Our Southeastern Indiana REMC Power Players of the Match were Anna West and Josie Nobbe of Greensburg.  West had a match-high 17 kills plus two blocks.  Nobbe notched 15 kills and 13 digs.

Other highlights for the Pirates included three aces each and perfect serving from Jenna Foster who was 22 for 22 and Hannah Messer who was good on 17 of 17.  Raegan Rigney also had a trio of aces during a 12 for 13 effort.

Rigney, Nobbe and Foster all finished with double digit digs- 42 combined.  Taylor Cooney logged 35 assists and never missed a serve on 10 tries.

“Strong serving came from Jenna Foster, Hannah Messer and Raegan Rigney,” said coach Rigney.  At the net, Anna West had 17 kills and Josie Nobbe had 15. Taylor Cooney did her job well putting up 35 assists. Defensively, Raegan Rigney, Josie Nobbe, Jenna Foster, and Hanna Messer worked hard in the back row. Our role players did a great job. Ella Chapman swung well while Hanna Messer and Jenna Foster served well and played great defense. It’s going to take all members of the team to be at their best to make a run in the postseason. This was a solid start for us.”

For Franklin County, Rachel Bischoff had four kills and 17 digs.  Makyah Richardson posted three kills, two blocks and three aces.

“We played very well against a great team but fell to Greensburg in three sets,” said coach Mergenthal. “During set two, the team played so well together (led 18-17) despite all of the injuries we have had this season. Anna Sacksteder (middle hitter) has been out since September 14th with an ACL sprain.  Jalynn Rogers (libero) went out two weeks ago with an ankle injury.  Mercedez Waddell played well with a hip flexor injury. Rae Ertel (outside hitter) went out early in set one with an ankle injury (bad sprain).  So with all of that going on, the team pulled together and learned a few new lineups. Sophomores Alex Gillman and Saige Mergenthal stepped up, filled right in and caught on quickly.  This group of young ladies played very hard and left everything they had on the court.  I couldn’t be more proud of their play!”

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