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Crawford falls in four to Lady Jeeps

August 28, 2013
Like two pugnacious fighters in a boxing ring, the Crawford County Lady Pack and Northeast Dubois Lady Jeeps battled back and forth through four games until the Lady Jeeps took home the win. The 3-1 final was not indicative of how many bodies hit the deck on both sides of the net and how big of a slugfest the match actually was.

Crawford County's Brooke Sauer (13) and Mikayla Bowman throw up a tandem up against Northeast Dubois hitter Kendra Jacob, with Bowman getting the block in game one of the Lady Jeeps' 3-1 win. Photo by Wade Bell
"Our girls, compared to where they were at last year, coming into this year, it's a huge difference," Crawford County coach Angie Allen said. "I don't have a reason why other than they're determined. They want to do well and they want to win. We will get there. This was our first game. Realistically, they did not play bad at all."

The Lady Pack raced to a 12-6 lead in game one, getting some help from the Lady Jeeps, who committed nine errors through the first half of the game. Mikayla Bowman later blocked for a kill, increasing Crawford County's advantage to 14-7, and Dubois erred on the next play for an eight-point Lady Pack lead.

The Lady Jeeps called time-out at that point and regrouped, countering with a 7-0 run, closing the gap to one. Dubois' Kendra Jacob hit into the net then Bowman aced on serve, pushing Crawford County's lead back to three.

The Lady Jeeps later went back in front as Crawford County committed three errors. Crawford County came back to lead on a Tylynn Allen ace but the Lady Jeeps rallied back to lead and go on for a 25-23 win.

"We're hitting a lot of different hits this year compared to where we were last year," the Crawford County coach said. "We're not focusing on the high balls or the outside balls. We're doing some short balls and some slides, some backsets, things along that line, and also some back rows."

Dubois raced to a 7-2 lead to begin game two. Crawford County rallied to within one, 11-10, following a kill by Brooke Sauer. Jacob and Haley Brinkman later sparked the Lady Jeeps with three straight kills to lead 15-10. Dubois controlled from that point on, getting three service aces from Brinkman in the final five sideouts for a 25-12 win.

It looked like the Lady Jeeps were going to run away with game three, again jumping to an 8-3 advantage in the early going. However, Dubois hit into the net on its next sideout and Crawford County senior Kayla Elsea followed with a kill to start a 6-3 Lady Pack run, with Carly Allen tying the game at 11 with a service ace.

Sauer and Katie Tincher later punched in four straight points for a 16-12 Crawford County lead. The Lady Pack made two errors to allow Dubois back within one, but the Lady Jeeps then misfired on serve. Crawford County finished the game with a 6-1 burst to win 25-18.

The two teams slugged their way through five lead changes through the first part of game four. Crawford County led 8-5 following an Elsea kill, but the Lady Jeeps followed with a barrage in a 10-0 run to lead 15-8. The Lady Pack failed to regain their footing, and Dubois went on to get the game and match win 25-14.

"The fourth match our girls were exhausted," Allen said. "That's where we as coaches need to figure out who on our bench is capable of coming in and filling one of those spots or holes when our girls are tired, that we can bring them out and put somebody in to give them a break. That's kind of where we're at with it at this point."

Sauer led Crawford County with 12 kills and three service aces. Elsea followed with seven kills, and Katie Tincher finished with six kills and two aces on serve. Crawford County missed just two serves but served up eight aces. Errors were a problem, with a tally of 31 for the four games.

"Brooke did well," Allen said. "Kayla Elsea didn't do too bad. They hustled tonight. They were just exhausted and tired. This summer, we came in and had two camps. We had a few girls that went out of state to a camp. Kayla Elsea, she was Union, she went out of state. We had Tylynn (Allen), Brooke and Katie (Tincher) that went down to Tennessee to Martin Methodist College. They were down there for four days, three nights. They played well down there."

Jacob led the Lady Jeeps with 18 kills and four aces on serve. Brinkman followed with 10 kills and four aces, and Emily Lueken finished with nine kills. Katelyn Helming and Talia Terwiske had six and four kills, respectively. Northeast Dubois aced on serve nine times, but misfired on serve 10 times in the four games. The Lady Jeeps had 28 errors.

"Our focus right now is to take this game as a so-called training game," Allen said. "Find out where we need to work and what we need practice in practice, and set ourselves up so we can come back to win (the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference)."

"I really see us surprising a lot of different schools this year," she said. "I'm just hoping the girls all hang together and keep working hard throughout the entire season. That's what we're going to need."


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