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Lady Cats rally to top Perry

September 02, 2009
After getting a wake-up call early in their volleyball match against visiting Perry Central Thursday, the North Harrison Lady Cats scrapped their way back to earn a four-game win. With his team having played well against power teams earlier in the season, North Harrison coach Wes Briscoe was hoping for a better performance.

North Harrison senior Deidre Book played a major role in North Harrison’s win against visiting Perry Central Thursday night. Here, Book blocks Perry Central’s Jessica Huber in game one. Photo by Wade Bell
"I'm not really sure what's missing," Briscoe said. "It's a communication thing maybe more than anything else. We're not doing as much talking as is required to play volleyball on the floor. There's so much that needs to be communicated. The girls haven't bought totally into that yet."

The Lady Cats came out sluggish to begin the match, and the Lady Commodores took advantage, racing out to an 8-2 lead.

North Harrison scrapped its way back into the game, with Caitlyn Janes drilling three straight aces to pull the Lady Cats within one at 11-10. North Harrison then stayed in the hunt through the remainder of the game but never got over the hump, dropping the opener, 25-23.

"We really haven't started a single game in a match this year on fire yet," Briscoe said. "I guess we're waiting for the explosion. I think we were down 9-2 and my captain, (Deidre) Book, comes over and says, 'Can you call timeout and rip (us)?' I said, 'No, you all have to make up your mind that you're going to step up on the court and dominate teams.' Well, we didn't do that in game one."

Perry Central also got the jump on the Lady Cats in game two, going up 5-1. The lead later went to 10-5, then North Harrison finally started to find some grip and pulled within one, 18-17, following a kill by Vicky Summer, two service aces by Book and two Perry Central errors. The Lady Commodores pulled back in front by three but then suffered some errors that allowed Book to push her Lady Cats out in front with two kills. Book also got the final tip for the 25-23 win.

Game three saw the Lady Cats jump in front 14-7. Perry Central fought to within four, 15-11, following an ace by Jennifer Kemp, but North Harrison scored the next five points to lead 19-11. The Lady Cats cruised from that point for the 25-18 win.

"After the third game, I think we were more frustrated, and I think they (North Harrison) were getting physically tired," Perry Central coach Becky Genet said. "I thought if we could get to the fifth game, we could have got them. We just struggled there. Somebody's got to take charge and make things happen. We've got some young girls on there."

There were four ties to begin game four, but North Harrison then pulled to a 10-6 lead as Perry Central misfired on a serve. The Lady Commodores later bounced back to tie the game at 13, but Perry Central then hit short to push North Harrison in front. There was another tie at 18, but from there it was all North Harrison, which went on to win, 25-22.

"After we get way behind and get caught up, we play teams pretty even. We don't really want to keep that going on all season long. We're a better team than that. We don't need to start that way," Briscoe said.

"They are playing hard and they are hustling," he said. "We proved to be a little scrappy tonight. We did make some amazing saves to keep rallies going and some long rallies. We've got some girls that can hit, but we don't have that hitter than can emerge, that can rip people down and dominate games for us."

Janes led North Harrison with 10 kills and three aces, and Book had seven kills and three aces. Halle Jacobi had seven kills, and Angela Casabella and Summer had six kills each. North Harrison missed 11 serves, but recorded 14 service aces. Errors were a problem, especially in game one, however, as the Lady Cats had 37 misfires for the match.

"Deidre Book really did play well, really great on defense," Briscoe said. "She was able to make adjustments halfway through game one so that when she was in the back row, she played the ball up instead of running to set real quick. She realized she had to play her position and did an excellent job."

"(North Harrison) is a scrappy team," Genet said. "They have an awesome setter (Book). She's good. They can hit the ball everywhere. You have to be on your toes, and we just kind of got a little frustrated. I wish we could have got that fourth game."

Megan Hedinger finished with nine kills for the Lady Commodores, and Jessica Huber added eight. Perry Central missed six serves, but had eight aces. The Lady Commodores committed 39 errors.

"We've just got to focus on the game that we're in, in each point one at a time," Briscoe said. "We're going to be in good shape. We're going to be in real good shape."

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