Crothersville starts strong, can’t keep momentum

Crothersville started out strong in Tuesday night’s volleyball game against Austin but couldn’t continue playing with good team intensity.

As a result, the visitors took the match 25-20, 25-14 and 25-20.

The first set went back and forth. Tigers junior Lacey Hall had a kill to bring the Tigers within 20-22, but the Eagles clawed back and recorded three quick kills and took the first game 25-20.

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The game was tied at 2-2 in the second set before Austin reeled off six straight service points.

Kashmir Kelshaw had a great save, and Nikki Hickman recorded a kill, but the Tigers collapsed as a team and fell behind 14-3.

Lacey Hall recorded a strong kill and Chasta Lamb scored two service points, but the Eagles continued to dominate before going up 2-0 in set score.

The Tigers didn’t fold in the third set.

Hall’s first kill made it 3-9, and her second kill brought the Tigers within 12-17.

Later, Katrina Christian recorded three service points to draw within 15-20, and Hailee Perry had a kill to make it 18-20.

Austin took four straight points and closed the game out on top 25-20.

Coach Linda Luedeman was pleased with her team’s play in the first set.

“Our first (set) was by far our best,” Luedeman said.

“We lacked intensity the other two (sets). We have to stay focused. We had some bad receptions.”

The Tigers finished 36-for-50 with seven kills in hits.

Hickman topped the hitting with seven hits on three kills, and Abby Mains made all five tries with two kills.

Serving, Crothersville finished 44 of 50 with 16 in serving.

The Tigers (1-5) and they are off the rest of this week.