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3A Sectional 29 Title- Lawrenceburg 3, Batesville 2

Batesville-  It took 10 sets in one day to get it done, but Lawrenceburg coach Staci Knigga’s Tigers defeated both Greensburg and host Batesville in five sets Saturday to claim the 3A Sectional 29 volleyball championship.  It was the program’s seventh title and first since 2016.

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

Batesville came into the title tilt the fresher of the two teams.  Coach Kateri Paul’s Bulldogs dispatched a scrappy Connersville club in three sets during the morning semifinal.

Meanwhile Lawrenceburg had tourney favorite Greensburg in the second semi.  The Tigers defeated a previous one-loss Pirate crew in five physically and emotionally depleting games.

And just like the afternoon five-setter, the sectional final saw the Tigers recover from a 2-1 deficit to win 3-2.  The championship scores were: 23-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-17 and 15-12.

Batesville’s last volleyball sectional title was in 2013, coincidentally, the last time the Bulldogs beat the Tigers.  BHS topped LHS in a pair of 3-2 matches in October of that year.  Lawrenceburg has won all 16 meetings since then.  While the Tigers have the series winning streak, most of those matches have been uber competitive.  Saturday’s final was no exception.

Game one began with an early 4-1 edge for Lawrenceburg.  Batesville scored nine of the next 10 points to lead 10-5.  After a series of four to six-point runs by both teams, the lead was traded four more times.  The last came after the Bulldogs trailed 20-19.  BHS went on to win 25-23.

Batesville setter Kylie Laker had two aces, one kill and a half block which led a pack of eight different Dogs who scored points in the set.  Most of Lawrenceburg’s production came from Cora Taylor (4 kills, 2 aces, half block) and Juliana Kemper (3 kills, 2 aces, 1 block).

Lawrenceburg took over set two, 13-8, as part of a 6-0 run.  Batesville got as close as three, 23-20, before the Tigers posted the final two points to win 25-20.

Kemper amassed five kills, one block and one ace to lead the floor.  Macy Prickel turned in a nice game for Batesville with three hammers, three aces and a half block.

On the fifth lead change of game three, Batesville held the advantage after going up 12-8.  The Bulldogs kept Lawrenceburg at a four to seven-point deficit the rest of the way and won 25-19.

It was a very impressive set for the hosts who earned 21 of the 25 points.  Lawrenceburg committed only four errors. Katie Bedel unloaded for six put aways and two put backs for the Blue and White.  Taylor posted four kills for the Orange and Black.

At 9-9 in frame four, LHS scored five in a row and maintained a decent lead for the rest of the game, eventually prevailing 25-17.

At was a rather dynamic set for the Tigers who earned 19 of 25 points with the Bulldogs providing just six on miscues.   Kemper carded six kills and a half block while Taylor followed with four hammers, one ace and a half block.  Shelby Westerfeld and Prickel kept the Bulldogs in the game with six and five kills respectively.

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