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3A Sectional 29 Semis- Lawrenceburg 3, Greensburg 2

Batesville-  Prior to the tournament draw, most believed it was never a question of “if” but rather “when.”  When would Greensburg and Lawrenceburg face off for a third time this season in 3A Sectional 29 at Batesville?  It proved to be during Saturday’s second semifinal and, wow, did the match live up to its billing.

In five sets, Lawrenceburg defeated Greensburg: 18-25, 25-19, 12-25, 25-16 and 15-10.

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

This match had a couple of great story lines.  In 2018, Lawrenceburg beat Greensburg 3-0 and 3-1 during the regular season.  The two teams met again in the sectional championship where the Pirates upset coach Staci Knigga’s 30-win Tiger team, 3-1, to capture the 3A-29 title.

In 2019, the two teams again played twice during the regular season.  As it turned out, Lawrenceburg’s 3-2, non-conference victory in Greensburg on August 27, was the only loss coach June Rigney’s Pirates suffered during the regular season.  GCHS went on to sweep and win the EIAC for the first time since 2001.  That run included a 3-1 rematch victory in Lawrenceburg on September 19.

Fast forward to Saturday’s semifinals.  Greensburg entered play 27-1, having won an incredible 17 straight matches.  Meanwhile, Lawrenceburg had an eight-match winning streak snapped by East Central in the finals of the Union County Invitational, the last LHS match of the regular season.

In the first set, Greensburg jumped out to a 5-nothing lead and never trailed.  Lawrenceburg tied the game at 8-8 but the Pirates repeatedly turned away each additional run by the Tigers and won 25-18.

In the opening frame, Greensburg’s Anna West netted six kills and two blocks to lead all players.

In game two, it really looked like the Pirates might pull away from the Tigers as Greensburg went on a 6-1 run to go up 16-11.  However, Lawrenceburg rallied with nine straight points to surge ahead 22-17 and finished off the frame 25-19.

Cora Taylor recorded six kills and a half-block to spearhead the Tiger attack in game two.

The third and fourth sets were very similar in how they were played but with different results.  Greensburg dominated the third, 25-12, and earned 20 of their points.  The fourth was vastly controlled by Lawrenceburg, 25-16, where the Tigers earned 19 points.

In set three, Aliyah Evans amassed six kills for Greensburg while teammate Josie Nobbe added four kills and one ace. In the fourth for Lawrenceburg, Taylor tallied six kills, two aces and a half block while fellow Tiger Juliana Kemper contributed four slugs, one block and an ace.

That took us to game five.  Lawrenceburg never trailed and the only tie came at 1-1.  When LHS led 6-5, the Tigers grabbed the momentum scoring six of the next seven points to make it 12-6.  They went on to win 15-10.

Kemper saved her best set for last earning six of the Tigers’ 15 points on five kills and one ace.  West kept the Pirates in the set with four put aways and one put back.

Story continues.

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