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Floyd chills Jeff volleyball


October 09, 2019
The Floyd Central Lady Highlanders volleyball team celebrated its final home game of the regular season with a senior-night celebration and clean sweep of the visiting Lady Red Devils of Jeffersonville. Jeffersonville tried to be a spoiler, but the Lady Highlanders were determined to finish the night with a "W" in their three-game win.

"Jeff's improved a lot, and (coach) Wes (Briscoe) has done a nice job with that program," said Floyd Central coach Bart Powell. "Normally, we call on our seniors on senior night, and I wasn't apprehensive to do it but, in the back of my mind, I was, 'Ooooh, we've got to win a conference here, too.' The seniors saw that and stayed in that first set and did a really nice job."

The Lady Red Devils made a fight of it during the first two games. Floyd Central took an initial 6-2 lead to start game one, but Jeffersonville gnawed its way back into the game and took a brief lead, 7-6, when the Lady Highlanders hit into the net. Floyd Central freshman Kylie Minnis was firing on all cylinders during the game and later punched in a shot for a kill putting the Lady Highlanders back on top.

Both teams scrapped and clawed at each other through the next several side-outs with the Lady Red Devils holding a slight edge. Minnis and Ellie Boehnlein fired off four straight kills to put the Lady Highlanders up by three, 18-15. Jeffersonville later came back to tie the game at 19 but never led again as the Lady Highlanders got the 25-20 win.

"We didn't warm up very good," said Powell. "They were more focused on (senior night), and that's part of it. There's mental obstacles that you've got to overcome in every match, and that was a major obstacle to overcome."

Minnis had six kills for the Lady Highlanders in their first game win.

"She was huge," Powell said. "They were only single-blocking the middle that first set, and the setter was doing a nice job of getting her the ball. A couple of times there was no block there, so she should be able to hit around one block and she did."

The two teams traded the lead through the first five side-outs of game two, then Jeffersonville had four errors in its next five side-outs, allowing the Lady Highlanders a 7-2 advantage. The lead later went to 11-4 following a service ace by Boehnlein. Floyd Central then had four straight misfires, the gap closing to three. Later in the set, the Lady Red Devils scrapped away their deficit to just a single point when Jenna Lake hit for a kill. The Lady Highlanders responded with a 5-1 run that proved to be the back-breaker with Floyd Central going on to win 25-20.

"Ellie made some really nice plays," said Powell of Boehnlein. "Courtney (Hilbrich) is hurt. She's got a bad big toe, so I let Lizzie (Kane) set all the way around tonight. We're underhanded with her blocking at the net, but she did an awesome job. All three seniors did phenomenal jobs."

The Lady Highlanders started out game three with intentions of finishing the job, racing to a 7-1 lead to start the set. That advantage later ballooned to 11-2 as the Lady Red Devils committed four straight hitting errors. Jeffersonville was never in the game, and Kayden Holcomb punched in the final word with a kill for a 25-14 game and match win.

"The third set it was pretty solid until the end and they started getting a little complacent," said Powell. "It's been really good, and the other night against Male it was real, real good. It's got to be real, real good to beat these good teams. We keep working on it every day."

Holcomb led the Lady Highlanders with 10 kills and four service aces, and Minnis finished the night with eight kills. Kyra Sharp had six kills, while Boehnlein and Natalie Lostutter added five kills apiece. Floyd Central missed five serves on the night, delivered seven service aces and had 19 errors.

Alayna Lacy led the Lady Red Devils with 13 kills. Lake finished the night with seven kills, and Hannah Thibideau added five. Jeffersonville missed eight serves and had just a single ace. The Lady Red Devils had 21 errors.

"I think our mindset is really, really good," said the Floyd Central coach. "We've won 10 in a row now, and we've got a chance to share for the conference championship if we beat Madison next Thursday night. Then, we go to Indianapolis and play four real good teams. We beat a real good Male team the other night, and we beat a real good Castle team. We've beaten a real good Columbus East team. We're playing really well right now, and our mindset is better than it's been in a long time, several years. So, I'm pretty excited."

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