For The Tribune
The Seymour volleyball team rallied from a two-set hole in a marathon match Thursday against Bloomington South
Owls coach Holly Birdsong saw more hustle out of her team in the final three sets as the Owls rallied 15-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-23, 15-12.
Birdsong said that the match reminded her of the Sept. 22 contest against Silver Creek.
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“I think this match was very similar to the match we played against Silver Creek at home earlier in the year,” she said. “We just weren’t playing well. We’re not going after the ball, we’re not talking to each other, we’re letting too many balls drop, and even though we successfully finished that match with a win, it still wasn’t a good win for us.”
The Owls held a 6-4 lead in the first set before South went on an 11-2 run to lead the rest of the way.
The second set was tied at 5-5 before the Owls moved on top 13-7.
South then went on a 10-2 run to lead 17-15.
Emilee Pollmann served back-to-back aces to give the Owls their final lead at 18-17.
A kill by Mikayla Fee put the Owls on top 10-4 in the third set, and Seymour stayed in front until South drew even at 24-24.
Set point for the Owls came on a South attacking error.
The Owls jumped on top 9-4 in the fourth set on an ace by Pollmann, but the Panthers rallied to tie the set at 18-18.
South then took a 21-20 lead before the Owls finished strong and scored set point on a kill by Jessica Blevins to set up the fifth game.
This set was tied at 11-11 until the Owls closed it out with a 4-1 run as Pollmann had kills for the final two points.
Pollmann was 49 of 53 with 17 kills in attacks for the night and made 15 serves on 17 tries with three aces.
“What it comes down to is that we’re not calling the ball soon enough so other people know what we are going to do,” Birdsong said. “We’re not confident in the balls that a certain person needs to take. We’re second-guessing ourselves, which is something we practiced (Wednesday) night. We tipped over the top of the block for an hour and a half last night, and that’s what killed us in the games.
“I think by the end of the game they were having a lot of hustle plays that we were working hard to get to the balls up. We were putting ourselves in situations where we had to work twice as hard. We weren’t willing to talk, but I do think they were hustling to go after things. They were just making it hard on themselves.”
Senior hitter Mollie Borcherding injured an ankle in the Hoosier Hills Tournament last Saturday and did not play but plans to return to practice today.
Birdsong said she had to make adjustments throughout the contest with South.
“The last couple matches we’ve consistently had the same line up,” Birdsong said. “Those same girls weren’t able to put the ball down. Macey Chase went back out tonight with the same leg injury that’s been hindering her, so I had to make a substitution there. Our libero wasn’t playing successful at all tonight, so I made a change there. We were down Mollie and Macey tonight.”