Crothersville’s volleyball team didn’t have enough strength to match Henryville in the finals of the Henryville Invitational on Saturday, and fell to the Hornets 25-11, 25-25.
Rock Creek Academy edged Medora 26-24, 25-17 in the battle for third place.
In pool play in the morning, Crothersville topped Medora 25-19, 25-12; Medora beat Lanesville 25-15, 25-19; and the Tigers downed the Eagles 25-19, 25-18.
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In the finals, the Tigers used a 4-0 rally to trail the Hornets 11-8 in the first set before Henryville pulled away.
The second set was close all the way as it was tied six times with the final knot coming at 22.
Henryville held a 15-11 lead before Chasta Lamb served the Tigers into a 15-15 tie. They moved on top 22-19 before the Tigers scored the next three points.
After Henryville scored the next two points, the Tigers made it 24-23 before the hosts scored match point when the ball fell between two Crothersville players.
Tigers coach Linda Luedeman said her team lost to a strong opponent in the finals.
“Henryville is a strong team, and we knew that coming into it,” she said. “I was very proud of them especially the second game that they picked themselves up and they came back from a deficit and actually went ahead and stuck with it.
“It didn’t end pretty but I was proud of the way they stuck with this one. We struggled a bit at the net mainly because they are such a strong hitting team. Sometimes they’d get a quick hit or sometimes they were just hard hitting.”
Clem topped the Tigers in serving with 26-28-6. Lamb had four of the Tigers’ 19 aces in the tournament.
Maddie Riley led in kills with 9 and Christian had 8.
Medora let the first set against Rock Creek slip through its fingers.
The Hornets held a 23-15 lead following an ace by Lillie Hatfield, and a Rock Creek passing error.
After the Lions scored two points, the Hornets moved to within one point of a win on a Rock Creek passing error.
The Lions got a kill on their next point and turned that point into momentum and score the final nine points.
In the first set, the Hornets cut a Rock Creek lead to 9-7 on back-to-back aces by Katie Stewart.
Medora trailed 13-12 before Rock Creek increased its lead to 17-12. The Hornets were unable to put any strong rallies together down the stretch.
“The high point was that they realized that they could do it, and that last game with Rock Creek they actually started to win,” Hornets coach Sara Todd said.
“Then when we started to win we couldn’t keep it going. We let our guard down and that was it. We’ve got to have more confidence in ourselves.”
Katie Beesley topped the Hornets in attack kills with seven, Stewart hadsix and Kailen Flynn five. Flynn was 26-26-4 in serves as the Hornets served 17 aces for the day.
“I thought the communication could have been better and improved throughout the day, but the passing was good all around,” Todd said. “I think they did a good job passing today.”
Medora (4-9) will travel to Eastern Tuesday night, and Crothersville (4-8) will be home to Trinity Lutheran that same evening.