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Perry sweeps Crawford in 3


September 14, 2011
The Perry Central Lady Commodore volleyball team swept the host Lady Pack of Crawford County in three games last Tuesday night in a Patoka Lake Athletic Conference match-up. Both coaches believed the three-game match should have gone longer, with Perry Central coach Becky Genet feeling lucky to escape in three while Crawford County coach Kim Allen said her team let some points get away.

"It's all about momentum over and over and over, and we have a tendency to let the other team roll off four or five points in a row and lose our momentum, then we are our own worst enemy," Allen said. "We start playing the game, and I try to tell these girls there's a big difference in playing to win and playing not to lose. We played that third game not to lose."

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Neither Crawford County’s Katie Tincher, front, nor Lindsey Cate can handle this kill by Perry Central’s Victoria Lutgring in the Lady Commodores’ three-game win. Photo by Wade Bell
"They're human nature," Genet said. "You tell them to go out there and work even harder, and they kind of let up a little bit. We just made errors. We made errors and didn't pass the ball well and then, finally at the end, as far as serving well, we got back into our game. We were down quite a bit, but they came back, so that's the good thing."

Game one was a tug of war between the two teams early, with the lead swapping four times until a Crawford County hitting error allowed the Lady Commodores to take a 15-14 lead. Perry Central then earned four straight points with attacks at the net for a 19-14 lead.

Crawford County's Emily McIntosh aced on serve and Alivia Newton tipped in a kill to close the gap to two, 21-19. From there, the game belonged to the Lady Commodores, who went on to win, 25-21.

Crawford County was getting help from freshmen Brooke Sauer and Katie Tincher, who had moved up from the junior varsity team.

"They've got to start somewhere because they've got to learn it," Allen said. "I'm hoping these upperclassmen are going to be encouraging them and help them. If they find their role, Brooke and Katie may come in and take the spot of an upperclassman. That upperclassman then needs to find their role."

Perry Central dominated game two with a 25-16 win. Game three, however, turned completely around as the Lady Pack jumped out in front for an 11-1 lead. Perry Central slowly chipped at the deficit, closing the gap to 15-9 following an ace by Sydney Goffinet. The Lady Commodores then made another run to close to within two, 16-14.

The Lady Pack extended their lead back to five following a pair of Perry Central errors and a kill by Lindsay Cate. The Lady Commodores, however, raced back to take the lead, 22-21, following back-to-back kills by Goffinet. From that point, Perry Central controlled, going on for a 25-23 win to take the match.

"We lost concentration," Genet of the early part of game three. "Our passes, they didn't communicate in the end line, and we have to tell them who's going to get it and who's not. They just didn't communicate well at the beginning. Then, they started passing well, and we set our hitters up and they hit."

"We should have won the third game," Allen said. "We should have won the first game ... Right now, they're a little bit discouraged with some losses we feel like we should have had."

Sauer led the Lady Pack with 12 kills, and McIntosh finished with five kills and two service aces. Cate had two kills and two aces. The Lady Pack missed two serves and had four aces. Crawford County finished with 23 errors.

"What I love about Katie and Brooke is they don't seem to get down on themselves when they make a mistake," Allen said. "They keep going. They kind of shake it off, which is good. It's not that they don't care they made a mistake, but they just kind of shake it off, which is a good thing."

"Emily may not be one of my stronger hitters, but she's one of my smarter hitters because she hits to open areas," Allen said. "She knows when to tip. We can look back as a coach to see where there's an open area and tell Emily where it's at and Emily will make that attempt."

Goffinet led Perry Central with 15 kills and two aces, while Ashley Gengelbach had 14 kills. Hannah Harpenau finished with eight kills and four aces. Perry Central missed seven serves and had eight aces but totaled up 27 errors.

"I said, 'We just have to pass the ball. You've been passing better and you're coming back. You've just got to keep passing so we can set the ball to our hitters,' " Genet said. "If you can do that, we'll be pretty hard to beat."

Allen is getting help from a new assistant coach, former Springs Valley standout Jolene (Stackhouse) Cruz, and hopes for positive results.

"Jolene is doing a great job helping me," Allen said. "She's showing them some things that are completely different but things that are better, things that will help them improve and get better. It's going to take a little bit of time. Hopefully, as the season goes on, we'll be playing our best volleyball at the end of the season, which is what you want anyway."

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