Owls win on senior night

A win on senior night was a non-negotiable.

Seymour’s volleyball team held home court for a 25-16, 25-9, 25-13 Hoosier Hills Conference victory against visiting Jeffersonville on Monday.

With the final HHC win, Seymour is currently tied for second place in the final standings for the season.

They finish 5-2 in league play with losses to Columbus East and Floyd Central.

The first set opened with a number of unforced errors on either side before Seymour’s Addie Rudge served five-straight winning points, including an ace, to put the Owls up 11-6.

Seymour rattled-off seven straight points to take a 23-13 advantage before a serving error by the Red Devils finished the set at 25-16.

Between crossovers, it was announced that Cecily Coffman had surpassed the school’s single-season dig record (previously 455). She finished with 15 in the contest to move to 470 in 2016.

“The defensive players usually don’t get a lot of credit on the court,” Owls coach Holly Birdsong said. “Every touch that they make counts, and she was able to make one of those unnoticed records.”

The Owls took advantage of the Red Devils’ unforced errors in the second set to pull away early.

A kill by the Owls’ Lauren Fleetwood forced Jeffersonville to take a timeout as the Owls lead 6-1.

After the break, the Owls’ attack kept coming as they bolstered their lead to 11-2 off a kill from Makenna Fee.

The Owls’ lead grew to 23-7 before a dink by Fee closed it at 25-9.

Jeffersonville took their first lead of the match at 6-5 in the third set, but it would prove short-lived as Seymour went back on top at 8-7 following a block by Jessica Blevins.

The Owls never looked back as they went on to win the final set by taking 17 of 23 points.

“I think the girls really came out ready to play,” Birdsong said. “We knew we wanted to finish this conference game off in three straight. They were pretty focused to doing that.”

As a team, the Owls had 60 digs, 10 blocks, 11 aces and 33 kills.

Prior to the match, Fleetwood, Rudge, Coffman and Hannah Sipe were honored for their time on the floor with the program.

“They’re a great group of girls,” Birdsong said of the seniors. “They’ve played many positions for us and we’re going to miss them after the season — especially the defense they add to our game. Something we haven’t had here for a long time is the high-level of defense we have going on.”

Today, the Owls (19-12) will travel to Columbus North to end the regular season.

Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.