CROTHERSVILLE

On Tuesday night, the Crothersville volleyball team closed out its home schedule with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-21 Southern Athletic Conference win against Lanesville.

“I thought we had much better transition tonight,” Tigers coach Linda Luedeman said following the Cancer Awareness match.

“That is something we’ve been working hard on in practice. I complimented the girls that their transition was much better. Their coverage was better tonight. I’m proud of that.”

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In the first set, the Eagles held a 14-13 lead before the Tigers went on a 6-0 run.

Sparked by back-to-back tips by Maddie Riley, they then moved on top 19-14.

The Tigers went on a 4-0 run and used a kill by Riley and three straight aces from Chasta Lamb to take a 23-16 lead. Riley had a kill for the set point.

The Eagles held a 9-7 lead in the second set when the Tigers went on a 6-0 run to take over at 14-9. After Lanesville scored a point, the Tigers went on another 6-0 run to take control of the set.

The third set was tied at 8-8 before the Tigers scored three straight points to take an 8-11 lead on an ace by Lacey Hall.

The Eagles rallied back to take a 14-12 lead, and the set was tied 16-16 before Crothersville took the lead for good. Match point came on an attacking error by the Eagles.

Luedeman said her team did a good job serving, going 68-for-73 with 13 aces.

“We were serving aggressive tonight,” Luedeman said. “We have servers that serve just barely over the net, and then we have some that it’s like a cannon coming at you. It was a good blend tonight. Chasta stepped in there had had some real rockets. Kashmir (Kelshaw) can do that too.”

Lamb serving six aces and Lacey Hall four.

Luedeman said she had to change her lineup in the first set because of some illness.

“We were doing better at (play at the net),” she said. “We had a couple different formations. We’ve had some sickness, Abby (Mains) has been out for a while. That first game she didn’t go in; she usually plays in the middle for us. We had to move some people around. We saw Chasta play in a different role in the first game; we didn’t use a libero.

“Once we get over that tipping a lot we’ve got to get settled in and get that first pass to our setter with some height to it and then our hitters can attack. We get into a routine of that. It seems like when we get into that is when our youth is up there. We need to get control of that. That has a purpose, but not every play.”

The Tigers had 20 kills with Riley leading with six and Hickman had five.

The Tigers (7-16) will travel to Austin on Thursday night.

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