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Lady Cats fall to Silver Creek in three


September 26, 2012
The North Harrison Lady Cats put up a heat shield against the visiting Lady Dragons of Silver Creek Thursday night in a Mid-Southern Conference matchup. North Harrison gave Silver Creek all it could handle during the first two games but faltered in the third as the Lady Dragons got the three-game sweep.

"The first two games, we played great," North Harrison coach Alexis Speer said. "I'm seeing so many improvements all across. We are improving, and I even had an official come up to me and say he's seen a difference from the first time he reffed us to tonight. We're making improvements. We're going in the right direction. We've just got to get over that little hump. We will."

North Harrison came out blasting, racing to an 11-2 lead in game one with four kills and two aces. Silver Creek also had five errors to help the Lady Cat cause.

Silver Creek, however, slowly began to chip into the Lady Cat advantage, and the game came to a 17-all tie following a North Harrison error. Haley Garr put the Lady Dragons out in front with a kill at 19-18. Carlie Burson countered with a Lady Cat kill, but Garr tipped for a point as the Lady Dragons went on to win, 25-20.

"They were smart," Speer said. "Truly, they didn't kill us with kills. They were a lot bigger than us, and I tell you my setter, Jill (Book), was very aggressive tonight. Those girls were six inches taller than her and she was up there ready to block every single punch and wasn't scared of anything. I'm very proud of her effort tonight."

Silver Creek led through the first part of game two, but North Harrison got a foothold for four straight points on offensive attacks and a 13-8 lead. The Lady Cats pushed their lead to 16-10, but Silver Creek made a run with six straight points, tying the game at 16.

The Lady Dragons hit into the net on their next sideout, handing North Harrison the lead. From that point, however, the game belonged to Silver Creek, which got the next nine points to win, 25-17.

"In the second game, (Brooke Lamon) is not used to playing the back line," Speer said. "We're still trying to get her moving and being quicker to the ball. We've just got to get her moving and being quicker. We have to be quicker to the ball."

Burson, a freshman middle hitter, also put some time in on the back row in game two.

"Her shoulder is still hurting her some, too, so I'm trying to take it easy on her," Speer said. "But I need her back. I need her back 100 percent. She's given me 100 percent whenever she's in that front line."

There were three lead changes and five ties to start game three. Silver Creek pulled out to a 10-7 lead following a kill by Madi Neimann. North Harrison closed the gap to two, but the Lady Dragons went on the attack for five quick points and a 16-9 lead.

Silver Creek kept the pressure on despite North Harrison's attempt to get back in the game. The Lady Dragons went on to finish the game with Garr getting the kill for the 25-17 match win.

"Silver Creek is a very good team," Speer said. "They deserve a lot of credit. They're a very good team, but so are we. The first two games, we played awesome. The third game, it's just like we missed five serves there right in a row, and every single serve just kills your momentum each time. Once you're down, it's hard to fight back in volleyball. Once that momentum's over on the other side, it's hard to get it back. But we can, and we did."

Kendra Lambert led North Harrison with seven kills, while Book and Burson finished with six each. Lamon had four kills. North Harrison missed seven serves, had five aces and made 16 errors.

"Carlie Burson, a freshman, played very well," Speer said. "We've started out every game pretty well really. We just lost it. We just made mistakes and just silly little errors that we're better than."

Speer said the missed serves in game three proved to be very costly.

"They were going just right into the net," the North Harrison coach said. "It wasn't even close to going over. They've got to learn to drop the ball. If you don't like the toss, just drop. If you don't like it, let it go. I think they were just getting tired because it was one right after the other. I was getting tired of seeing it."

Garr led Silver Creek with 18 kills, and Kendra Kirchgessner had six. Liz Mann and Morgan Reining each had five kills, and Sammi Smith added four. The Lady Dragons missed just two serves and tallied nine service aces. Silver Creek had 21 errors for the three games.

"When we get down, we make the errors that we can't afford," Speer said. "They played very hard and gave it their all and played very hard. Silver Creek is a very good team, but I know we can play right there with them, and we did. But I know we can beat them. It was a good conference match, but I think we can beat them."

"I'm going to make some changes," Speer said. "It's coming, because, maybe with another rotation, we might be able to get over that hump. Just a different one to try to mix it up a little. We've just got to cut out the silly mistakes."

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