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Lady Cats drill Lady Generals in 3

September 11, 2019
The North Harrison Lady Cats volleyball squad went through some ups and downs during their home match against visiting Clarksville Thursday night. North Harrison struggled with errors but still managed to pull out a three-game sweep over the Lady Generals.

North Harrison senior Chloe Jacobi ripped a kill over Clarksville's Patcience Tetrick, right, and Savannah McClellen in the first game of the Lady Cats' three-game sweep. Photo By Wade Bell
"We had 42 errors, so we gave them almost two games in errors," North Harrison coach Caitlyn Burson said. "It was a really frustrating night. I know we were a little bit out of system. We were missing a left-side hitter. My libero was playing left-side for me. I had somebody else playing libero. But, it really didn't have anything to do with that. It was just a lot of unforced errors. We had a lot of serving errors that we don't normally have. It was a lot of just not communicating. We just fell apart several times."

North Harrison put Clarksville behind the eight ball early, racing out to a 5-0 lead, with Baylee Rudolph and Maddie Liebert punching in three straight kills in the run. Clarksville slowly worked its way back into the game with Savannah McClellan killing twice to put the Lady Generals back within three, 13-10. At that point, the Lady Cats went on a terror, scoring the next seven points for a 19-11 advantage. Clarksville never recovered, and North Harrison got the first-game win, 25-14.

The Lady Cats went on the attack again to begin game two with seven straight points to lead the set. Clarksville made a small offensive run to close the gap to five, but North Harrison continued to dominate, pushing back to lead 15-5 after three straight Clarksville hitting errors.

The Lady Generals, however, were not quite ready to throw in the towel. With Clarksville down eight, Alissa Mallot drilled a service ace to start a 6-0 run, closing the gap to three, 18-15, and North Harrison with three hitting errors in the run. The Lady Cats later countered with a 3-0 burst, with Rudolph slapping in a kill and Emma Schneider serving two aces. North Harrison later went down into one of those valleys with three straight hitting errors but held on for a 25-18 win.

North Harrison had six hitting errors in the first 10 side-outs of game three, and Clarksville raced out to a 7-3 lead. The Lady Cats had the next run to tie the game at 9-all, with Ness acing on serve and Chloe Jacobi and Schneider getting back-to-back kills. More ties came again at 10, 11, 12 and 13. North Harrison finally went back in front when Rudolph punched in a kill and Liebert aced. That turned into a 9-0 run for the Lady Cats for a 21-13 advantage. That was the back-breaker as Rudolph gave North Harrison a final service ace for the 25-16 game and match win.

"We've talked so many times about how serves build momentum because you can score some points and make runs," Burson said. "We've done a lot better job of that in the last week, and this week they just didn't. Tonight we didn't. They didn't put the ball on the court on serve when we needed to."

Rudolph led the Lady Cats with 15 kills and three aces on serve. Jacobi had eight kills and two aces, while Maddie Liebert finished with four aces and two kills. North Harrison missed nine serves but had 13 aces.

"Thank goodness Maddie Liebert had a couple of runs on serve for us there," Burson said. "That really helped get us back in the game and push us forward to be able to pull out in three."

"Baylee does a lot for us, but sometimes she tries to do too much," she said. "I think that's maybe what that was. We know we just need to get the ball back rather than trying to put it in the right spot. Just get it in the court wherever you can or wherever the holes are."

Maddie Hamilton had five kills for Clarksville, while Alissa Mallot finished with three kills and three aces. The Lady Generals missed three serves for the match while punching in four aces. Clarksville had 27 errors.

"Tomorrow we will work on unforced errors," Burson said. "We will work on serve-receive, and we work on serving."

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