The Brownstown Central volleyball faced a very tough New Albany team Thursday night at Brownstown.
While the Braves led the game several times in the first set, they couldn’t match New Albany’s 6-foot-1 sophomore striker Cathey Allyson.
The Braves lost the match in three sets, 25-23, 29-27, 25-17.
The Bulldogs had four players listed at 5-foot-10 or taller.
With the score at 8-8, New Albany started a run to take a 12-8 lead.
The Braves came back and tied the score at 17-17, and the lead fluctuated after that, but Allyson was able to record a kill with the score 23-23 and then recorded another kill to give the Bulldogs a 25-23 win.
In the second set, the Braves stormed out to a 4-0 lead before the Bulldogs called timeout.
The Bulldogs inched their way back and tied the score at 10-10.
Neither team had more than a two point lead after that.
The Braves’ Brooke Meyer scored on a dink to make it 26-26, but the Braves made errors on the next two plays as New Albany won the second set 29-27.
The third set was tied at 6-6 before the Bulldogs pulled away to win 25-17.
Leading the Braves’ serving unit was freshman Brooklyn Snodgrass who made all 11 serves with two aces.
Danielle Meyer made 28 of 33 hits with 14 kills, while Morgan Wehmiller was 26 of 31 with 6 kills.
Coach Jennifer Shade said she thought her team could have played better despite New Albany being a very good team.
She said she feels the team needs to play better under pressure, and when playing against a good hitter like Allyson, the Braves should come back with the same intensity and mode of attack.
“We welcome these kind of games,” Shade said. “They are a good team. We had 18 hitting errors and 11 serving errors, and that was the difference.”
She said she felt it was too many errors to beat a good team like the Bulldogs.
The Braves are 8-2, and play their next game at Providence on Friday.