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Corydon overpowers Crawford in three


September 12, 2012
After sloshing their way through the first half of game one, the visiting Corydon Central volleyball team finally got all of its cylinders in running order to put away the Crawford County Lady Pack in three games Thursday. Both coaches were pleased as they saw improvements as they work to get ready for the post-season.

"They were still in it and hustling (at the end)," Crawford County coach Angie Allen said of her team. "They do well with that. They're just a very athletic group of girls, and they do hustle. Our big thing is, don't let the ball hit the floor. You've got to move and you've got to go for every ball."

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Crawford County’s Alexis Bowling goes deep to dig up this return against Corydon Central. “Our big thing is passing and being able to dig up the hard hits and getting the passes to the setter, just communicating,” Crawford County coach Angie Allen said. Photo by Wade Bell
"We're about there," Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. "I thought it might be October before I saw some of what I saw tonight. We did some really nice things with quick ball sets. We passed well. We served well, but we didn't come out with the choir that we have to set the tempo of the match in the first game. Maybe we'll do that in the next 10 games or so that we play."

Things didn't go so well for the Lady Panthers to start game one, and the Lady Pack had everything going for them as they took a 12-7 lead. A block and kill by Peyton Windell cut the Corydon Central deficit to four, but the Lady Panthers made two errors and were suddenly down six, 14-8.

Raegan Mosley, however, then killed for Corydon Central and Crawford County hit out of bounds. Lady Panther Ally Miller bumped in a point, and Crawford County served out of bounds again. Windell and Mosley pounded in three straight kills, and Crawford County's lead was suddenly cut to one, 15-14. Corydon Central kept the run going with six more points and a 20-15 lead.

The Lady Panthers allowed Crawford County just one more point and went on to win, 25-16.

"They did really well in that first half of the first game," Allen said. "They were communicating and they were talking, covering, doing what they were supposed to be doing."

"That's where we have our mental breakdown," she said. "We make a mistake or two. They get down and get aggravated at themselves. That's just the mental aspect of it with such a young group of girls that we've got to learn to overcome."

Corydon Central came back in game two with a full assault, scoring the first three points and going on to lead 15-4. Crawford County made only a slight gain, and the Lady Panthers went on to win, 25-7.

One strategy working for the Lady Panthers was shifting from the middle to the outside hitters.

"I had heard they had a big girl that was pretty good in the middle, so I was expecting more to be coming from the middle," Allen said. "We were expecting quick sets coming straight down instead of from the outside. So, I was caught by surprise with the outside."

Corydon Central again dominated early, taking a 12-3 lead in game three. Crawford County made a brief run at the midpoint and again at the end, but it wasn't near enough to close up the hole as Corydon Central went on to win the game and match, 25-13.

"A lot of that just falls back to our passing, trying to get our passes up and get them to the target spots so our setter's not running all over the place," Allen said. "She can be where she needs to be as far as doing the setting, to get where we need to be and get the ball where it needs to be."

Brooke Sauer led Crawford County with nine kills, and Kayla Elsea finished with four. The Lady Pack missed three serves but had no service aces and finished with 21 errors.

"The girls go in spurts," Allen said. "We have games where they play awesome and they communicate and they move and they cover. Then, it's like we have a down game … It seems like a lot of the time the girls start off really well, that the middle part of it, when they make those little silly mistakes, then they just kind of start falling apart."

Mosley led Corydon Central with 15 kills, and Miller had nine kills and four service aces. Payton Windell had eight kills and three aces, and Chelsea John had four kills. Corydon Central missed five serves but pounded in nine aces. The Lady Panthers had 15 errors.

"We've got a lot of areas to work in," Allen said. "But we are a young team. Our big thing is passing and being able to dig up the hard hits and getting the passes to the setter, just communicating. All around actually. It'll get there."

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