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Lady Cats sweep Scottsburg

October 09, 2013
The North Harrison Lady Cat volleyball team held off the visiting Warriorettes of Scottsburg Monday night, Sept. 30, in a Mid-Southern Conference match-up in a three-game sweep. After coming out flat early, the Lady Cats dominated the day before North Harrison was to take on county rival Corydon Central.

North Harrison's Maddie Janes hammers in this kill off the block of Scottsburg's Kaylee Thomas, left, and Cara Bullington. Photo by Wade Bell
"Last week, I think we thought ahead to Silver Creek," said assistant coach Caitlyn Janes, who was subbing for head coach Alexis Speer, who was out on maternity leave. "(T)hey've been excited. They've been tie-dying socks. They've been painting sheets. So, they were really excited, and I think that could have possibly been it, but we just had to get our focus back, and I think we did that."

The Lady Cats struggled early in game one and Scottsburg took advantage, racing to a 12-5 lead following a service ace by Emma Waskom. North Harrison quickly countered with a 6-1 run, with Maddie Janes ripping three straight kills, as the Lady Cats closed to within two.

Carlie Burson later tied the game at 19 with a kill on a block. Kasen Mount countered for Scottsburg, but Burson killed again. North Harrison erred on its next two side-outs, then Janes slapped in a kill. Scottsburg made an error, tying the game at 22. Brooklyn Sanders put the Lady Cats out in front with a tip. Scottsburg again misfired, then Janes got the final kill for the 25-22 win.

"We tend to do that on Mondays especially, and we've had a rough past week," Janes said. "I think they really don't adjust to changes sometimes, and with the coach being gone, I think it was something new for them to adjust to. But we worked really hard in practice on Friday, and I think they came out and showed that once they got over that little slump."

Scottsburg played the Lady Cats tight through the early part of game two, with North Harrison holding just a one-point lead following a kill by Macy Lakins. The Lady Cats got some momentum with a 6-2 burn, Sanders acing twice on serve. Scottsburg closed the gap again to one as North Harrison erred twice. Waskom delivered two aces and Cara Bullington delivered a kill, and the Warriorettes' deficit was back to just one.

Scottsburg then made three hitting errors to allow North Harrison back in front at 24-20. The Warriorettes got two of those back, but Brittany Rudolph delivered the final kill for a 25-22 Lady Cat win.

"I just told them they were the better team as long as they work hard and hit the floor," Janes said. "They were going to have to pass the ball up in order to get kills. It was shaky, but I think it improved once they realized they had to pass the ball in order to get the kills they wanted."

North Harrison held a slight edge to begin game three. Scottsburg then made three straight errors to push the Lady Cats out in front by seven, 13-6. North Harrison continued to dominate the game while Scottsburg struggled on serve, missing on three attempts. North Harrison went on to get the 25-16 game and match win.

"I think we let our guard down sometimes, but Scottsburg is a good team, and I've seen them play really well," Janes said. "So, we just had to adjust and make any adjustments that we needed to get the ball over the net and get it in play and reduce our errors."

Janes led North Harrison with 10 kills and 10 assists, and Rudolph had nine kills and two aces on serve. Burson had nine kills and 24 digs. Kaylin Bright had 20 digs, and Jill Book had 12 digs and 31 assists. The Lady Cats missed four serves, delivered six aces and had 26 errors for the match.

Mount, Waskom and Lakins all had five kills for Scottsburg, and Waskom added four aces on serve. The Warriorettes had eight aces on serve but misfired 11 times. Scottsburg finished with 20 errors.

"We were passing well," Janes said. "Carlie Burson had a great dig on the line that just kind of got all the momentum and Carlie and Maddie Janes just had some huge kills. Maddie had a big night, and I think it showed that she's a senior. We talked a lot about leadership and the team. I think she was trying to lead them to victory and get them out of their slump."


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