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Volleyball Sectional Semifinals/Final Recaps from Saturday, October 17

Volleyball Sectional Recaps from Saturday, October 17

3A-29 Semifinal at Lawrenceburg- Rushville 3, Franklin County 0

RU  25  25  25
FC  18  14  16

Edited report from Rushville coach Nan Scanlan: I felt we played one of our best games of the season against Franklin County.  The players were fired up as they knew they had something to prove since Franklin County had already beaten us twice.

The Lady Lions were fierce at the net with 47 kills.  Leading the way was Kendra Hamilton with 17 kills which tied the record for most kills in a game set by Shelbie Justice in 2008.  Emily Hadley had 14 kills and Abby Buckley had 9 kills.

The last time a Lady Lion volleyball team was in a sectional final was 2013.  The Lady Lions won sectional titles in 1978, 1985, 1987, and 1989.  The win improved the season record to 17-15.

Edited Rushville stats:

  • Jama Barnes – 16 serve receptions, 29 digs
  • Emily Hadley – 14 kills, 17 serve receptions, 29 digs
  • Olivia Yager – 2 aces, 4 kills, 20 assists, 9 digs, 1 solo block
  • Addison Ballenger – 2 kills, 1 assist, 2 digs
  • Kendra Hamilton – 8 points, 1 ace, 17 kills, 8 serve receptions, 18 digs

Franklin County information will be added when received.

3A-29 Semifinal at Lawrenceburg- Greensburg 3, Batesville 2

GB  21  25  22  25  15
BA  25  20  25  21  13

For only the second time this season, Greensburg was extended to a tiebreaking set.  The other was a 3-2 win over Lawrenceburg on August 25.  The win improved Greensburg’s record to 21-0.  Batesville’s final season record is 14-11.

Edited report with stats from Greensburg coach June Rigney: What a day! Greensburg overcame a lot of obstacle to become sectional champions.  We truly found a way to win in the first match against Batesville. They played very well and brought their A-game for sure. Luckily, we were able to battle through our troubled spots to advance to the final match.

The semifinal was full of momentum swings and the points were long and hard-fought. Many times, we were coming from behind and then, another point in the match, we had a huge lead and they battled back. We struggled tremendously with serve reception. They are very aggressive, effective servers. It gave us fits, but good teams utilize other weapons to win and that’s what we ended up doing. We were able to manage out of system offense and as the match progressed and became more scrappy defensively.

At the service line, Josie Nobbe was 31/32 with 4 aces, Taylor Cooney was 18/18 and Anna West was 17/17. Offensively, West had 22 kills, Nobbe had 15 and Ella Chapman put down 13. Hannah Messer and Nobbe both had 26 defensive digs. Taylor Cooney managed our offense with great poise and put up 45 assists.

The match was exciting, intense and taxing both physically and mentally. Thankfully, we had several hours to celebrate the win, relax and then prepare for the championship.

Batesville information will be added when received.

More recaps follow.

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