Seymour sweeps Brownstown in rivalry matchup

Owls pounce early on attacking errors by Braves in 1st set, surge to win

Seymour’s volleyball team swept Brownstown Central 25-15, 25-17, 25-15 Tuesday night in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.

The Owls took advantage of two attacking errors by the Braves to take a 5-0 lead in the first set.

An ace by Brooklyn Snodgrass left the Braves trailing 11-6 before the Owls doubled the score at 16-8 on a kill by Claire Myers.

The Braves couldn’t get any closer than seven points, and set point came on a kill by Makenna Fee.

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Seymour jumped on top 3-0 in the second set before the Braves closed to trail 7-6 on a kill by Claire Pace.

Brownstown remained close at 11-9 before the Owls went on a 3-0 run to hold a 14-9 on an ace by Hannah Sipe.

The Braves cut the Owls’ lead to 16-12 before Seymour scored five straight points to lead 21-12.

Brownstown scored three straight points to make the score 21-15 before the Owls finished on a 4-2 run with set point coming on a kill by Fee.

The third set was tied three times before the Braves moved on top 7-4, then stretched its lead to 9-5.

Seymour charged back to tie the score at 11-11 on a kill by Lauren Fleetwood.

The Braves’ regained a 12-11 lead before the Owls moved on top 19-14, then outscored the Braves 6-1 down the stretch.

Seymour coach Angie Lucas was pleased with the Owls’ performance, while Braves coach Jennifer Shade was disappointed with the Braves’ start.

“We were very happy,” Lucas said. “The last couple matches we played at a very high level and continued to play at a high level tonight. I felt like serving was very aggressive tonight it kept them out system. It hurt them and (made it) hard for them to get going their offensive hitters into play. Our serving was really great. I felt that our defense played extremely well. I am talking blockers at the net and defenders in the back row, we made some great plays.”

Fleetwood led the Owls’ attack, pounding 21 hits with seven kills while Sipe had a pair of aces serving.

“When you get down 5-0 in the first game, it shows that you mentally did not prepare yourself,” Shade said. “Our girls got to learn to come on to the court and how to show to play from one point. That is something we are going to work on here on the next couple of weeks getting ready before tournament time.

“Seymour played good defense. It was hard to find a hole on their side of the court. We have spent a lot of time trying to pick apart Seymour so it was a little disappointing that we did not do the things that we should have that we worked on in practice. We’ve just got to keep digging and keep working and at this point we’ve got to play our best volleyball. It’s almost tournament time, and there are a lot of good matches ahead of us, and we will work hard to start competing in those matches.”

The Braves were 74-for-97 with 21 kills in attacks with Pace leading with nine kills and Keeli Darlage had seven.

Seymour is 16-11 and Brownstown dropped to 7-15.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.