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Perry Central sweeps Crawford in 3

September 18, 2013
The Perry Central Lady Commodore volleyball team brought its hitting power to Ron Ferguson Gymnasium last Tuesday night and roared by host Crawford County in a three-game sweep. The Lady Pack had some good moments to start each game, but their Patoka Lake Athletic Conference rivals were too much.

"We've got some really nice hitters," said Perry Central coach Becky Genet, whose team improved their record to 11-3 for the season. "I wasn't real pleased with the serve-receive. Once we got in control of the game and our hitters took place, it was good. They do a good job."

Perry Central's 6-3 middle hitter Jordan Sprinkle, right, hitting against Kayla Elsea, is too much for Crawford County to handle, punching in 15 kills in the Lady Commodores' three-game win. Photo by Wade Bell
"Perry's just a good team," Crawford County coach Angie Allen said. "They're an all-around good team, and they had so many girls that are capable of doing so much. Our girls just couldn't handle it. They were showing two girls to hit and then have somebody come from the backside and totally take our girls by surprise with a wide-open shot for them. They did well."

Perry Central took the initial lead in game one, but Crawford County rallied as Brooke Sauer and Katie Tincher punched in kills and Sauer aced on serve, giving Crawford County a 6-5 lead.

Perry Central senior Sydney Goffinet slapped in a pair of kills, giving her team a 9-8 lead. Tincher killed to tie at 9, but then the Lady Commodores went on a terror, scoring next 16 straight points for a 25-9 win.

Crawford County was also dealing with some injuries. Carly Allen was playing with 10 stitches in her forehead after a collision in an earlier practice. Tincher was dealing with pinched nerves and spasms in her back, and Alexis Bowling was not playing due to an automobile crash earlier in the day.

"My intentions was not to put (Carly Allen) on the front row at all because I didn't want them coming down and smacking her in the head with a ball," Angie Allen said. "I had (Morgan) Puckett going in for her and at times have to put Carly back in.

"This was probably the first game where (Puckett) has got more varsity playing time. So, I knew going in that she wasn't necessarily going to have the experience and the confidence, but she came in and did what we needed her to do."

Crawford County played Perry Central close once again in the early going of game two, leading twice at 3-2 and 7-6. The Lady Commdores picked up the momentum again, getting kills from Goffinet, Hannah Harpenau and Grace James to lead 18-11. Crawford County failed to gain any ground and fell 25-16.

Perry Central took the initial lead in game three 2-0, but the Lady Pack fought back with seven unanswered points to lead 7-2. Crawford County held the advantage until three costly errors put the Lady Commodores back in front 13-11. The momentum went back to Perry Central advancing its lead to 17-11. From there, the Lady Commodores cruised a 25-14 game and match win.

"We're pretty aggressive, even if we have a messed up ball, we'll get it to someone that are pretty aggressive when they get the ball," Genet said. "We don't give very many free balls. Even when it's from the back, we try to make it a hit that goes over. Our hitters, we have some nice hitters. We do have some girls, in the digging part, that do really well in getting to the ball and bringing it up."

"Our girls have talent," Allen said. "They have the ability. They just don't realize it yet. They let the little things bother them and they don't always do the little things which add up to big things. That's where we're hurting. I'm really hoping by the end of the season they'll see the big picture. Light bulbs will come on. The big thing is just getting them to communicate with one another, meet in the middle after every point win or point lost and just working together as a team."

Jordan Sprinkle, at 6 foot, 3 inches, led the Lady Commodores with 15 kills and Goffinet followed with 11 kills and two services aces. Harpenau had ninw kills, while Madeline Hubert finished with five aces and three kills. James and Brittany Parker had five and four kills, respectively. Perry Central had just 10 errors for the match, but misfired on 10 service attempts. The Lady Commodores had nine aces on serve.

"There were several there," Genet said of the missed serves. "We try to serve a little more aggressive; therefore, that does happen. That's not good. Sydney had two or three there. After she served a while, they took time-out then she came back and missed. We'd rather not have that to happen. She has a nice serve, though."

Sauer, Tincher and Kayla Elsea had four kills each for the Lady Pack (2-5, 0-3 PLAC). Crawford County missed five serves, had three service aces and committed 13 errors.

"Right now, we pretty much have the rotation of what girls we'll be rotating in and out and who they'll be rotating in and out for," Allen said. "I think that's a big thing. I think that, since, for the most part, we have that pinned down, we can start working with the girls working together, and once they're playing together and working together, they're going to get to feel each other and understand each other and, hopefully, be able to pull it out of the woodwork."

Crawford County also has to get healthy again.

"We've had five rolled ankles already this year," Allen said. "We've have some back injuries, two girls with back injuries and five with ankle rolls. One girl in an accident today. It's just all those things. It's just hard to get all the girls together in one whack and be healthy enough to be able to practice them altogether."


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