Owls earn victory in tight matchup

For The Tribune

The Seymour volleyball team had its hands full Tuesday evening in their home match against Bedford North Lawrence.

The Owls had beaten the Stars in the Hoosier Hills conference tournament and knew they’d have to play at their best to insure another victory.

In a tight matchup, the Owls earned the victory in four sets 25-21, 28-26, 25-27, 26-24.

The Owls won the first set behind some kills near the end of the match by Lauren Fleetwood, Macey Chase and Jessica Blevins.

A spike by Emilee Pollmann made it 27-26 in the second set, and she was successful serving match point as the Owls won 28-26.

In the third set, with the score tied, the Stars scored on four straight serves to make it 23-19.

The Owls drew within 23-24 but couldn’t hang on for their third-set victory.

The fourth set was just as close.

With the score 25-25, Pollmann recorded two kills before serving-out the final point to clinch the win.

Owls coach Holly Birdsong said he team needs to clean up some of its play.

“We had too many plays where we made errors on our side of the net, and we weren’t able to recover on some volleys to get it back in play,” Birdsong said. “There were lots of lapses in the leads we were gaining on the other team. If we don’t eliminate those, we’ll have a lot more trouble against teams in the future.”

Birdsong said that it was a team effort to pull out the win.

“Addie Rudge came in and did a great job passing in the back,” she said. “Macey Chase came in and was a middle hitter and did a good job there, and Pollmann had a lot of kills from the right side. We’re getting big plays, but there are too many plays in between where we aren’t controlling our passes.”

Seymour had several big hitters involved in the action, with Pollmann leading the team going 38 of 44 with 17 kills.

Serving, the Owls’ Chandler Clark had a strong outing making 18 of 21 with an ace while Rudge made all 19 of her attempts with an ace and Cecily Coffman was perfect on 18 tries.

Clark also came away with 20 digs for the Owls.

The Owls (12-11) will host Bloomington South on Thursday.