The Class 3A No. 4 Brownstown Central volleyball team came out strong in its first pool game in Saturday’s New Albany Invitational, and the Braves claimed two more wins before defeating the host team in the title match.
The Braves knocked off 4A No. 13 Floyd Central 25-17, 25-23; Castle 25-14, 25-21; 3A No. 11 Silver Creek 25-19, 25-17; and 4A No. 10 New Albany 25-15, 25-20.
“We had to play Floyd Central right off the bat, so we knew we needed to get off the bus ready to play, and we came out so strong. We played our best game of the year against Floyd Central,” Braves coach Jennifer Shade said. “We took a 9-0 lead right off the bat and just got our game going, and it seemed like all day long, we just dominated. Our defense was phenomenal, and we made some hustle plays and just plays that frustrated the other team because we kept (the ball) off the floor.”
The Braves also are coming along offensively, Shade said, and that showed against New Albany when they went 49 of 49 in serving with five aces and 47 of 53 in hitting with 31 kills. The Braves got some revenge after falling to the Bulldogs in five sets on Aug. 30 at New Albany.
On the day, Abbi Shade led the team by going 83 of 95 in hitting with 44 kills, and Trinity Booher had nine aces.
The Braves are now 19-2 and on Thursday will play host to Austin for a Mid-Southern Conference match.
Seymour 3, Edinburgh 0
After two tough losses to Columbus East and Martinsville last week, Seymour got back on the winning side by handling Edinburgh 25-7, 25-8, 25-18.
“It has been a very tough week for us and there were hard lessons that had to be learned, and to come out today and be as focused as we were, it was an improvement over what I saw this last week,” Owls coach Angie Lucas said.
Megan Kimbley led with eight kills on 12-of-13 hitting, and Taylor Sutton was sharp in serving, going 27 of 27 with nine aces.
The Class 4A No. 8 Owls will take a 16-4 record into Tuesday’s match at 3A No. 11 Silver Creek.
Brownstown wound up with 30 points and finished third in the eight-team Scottsburg Invitational, which consisted of matches on Friday and Saturday. Franklin won with 48 points, while Austin was second with 38.
Placing second for the Braves were Chris Allman at No. 2 singles and William Ollo and Kent Criminger at No. 2 doubles. Skylar Thompson and Skylar Luedeman at No. 1 doubles lost to Franklin in three sets before beating Henryville 6-0, 6-0 to finish third, while Cole Borden at No. 1 singles won both of his matches on Saturday to finish fourth, and Riley Carlin at No. 3 singles was seventh.
Chaz Schneider has been the Braves’ No. 1 singles player this season, but he is trying to recover from an injury, so coach Ron Slaton had to move up some players.
“Even though we changed our positions, we still were able to win in the tournament and get points to make us finish third,” Slaton said. “The competition is always good, and when we get down close to sectional and you play somebody tough, that will push you.”
Brownstown is now 18-4 and today will play host to Charlestown for a Mid-Southern Conference match.
Crawford County Invitational
Brownstown’s Ryan Franklin placed fourth in the junior race of the Crawford County Invitational, while Ryan Swartwood finished fourth in the freshman race.
Franklin’s 17:30 was a personal record by 47 seconds, Braves coach Otha Smtih said, and Swartwood’s time was 18:08. Jake McCullough, a freshman, posted a PR of 19:50, which was his best by more than a minute. Rob Fox (20th) led the Brave sophomores.
For the Brownstown girls, Jacqueline Ollo was 14th in the junior race with a season-best time of 22:55, while Kari Brown was 15th and Kaitlin McPike was 16th. Miriah Lasher (16th) was the top freshman finisher, and Brielle Schumpe (14th) led the sophomores.
On Tuesday, Brownstown will run in the Silver Creek Invitational.
Crothersville’s girls placed third (51 points) and the boys (65) were fourth in the Edinburgh Invitational at Hoosier Horse Park.
Lea Grissmer paced the girls with a sixth-place finish in 24:26, and Micah Mains led the boys with a seventh-place finish in 19:32.
“It was the second meet in a row the girls got team ribbons for third at an invitational, so we were pretty excited about that,” Tigers coach Carl Bowman said. “A lot of the guys told me they had PRs, so that was a pretty good thing. Caleb (Minton) did not run again, and we know we would have had a shot at third if he would have been able to run, so hopefully he’ll be back on Thursday at Paoli.”
The FlashRock Invitational at Carmel changed this year. The championship races consisted of teams that finished in the top 25 in the 2011 meet, and then there were invitational races.
Zoey Johnson and Madison Hays represented Seymour in the girls championship race. Johnson placed ninth with a personal-best time of 18:57, and Hays was 118th in 20:52. The rest of the team ran in the invitational and placed 13th out of 22 teams with 288 points, and Megan Winter led the way by placing 35th in 22:00.
The Seymour boys competed in the championship race, and the Owls placed 24th with 625 points. Jack Tormoehlen was the first finisher, placing 74th in 16:42.
Seymour’s next meet is Tuesday’s Silver Creek Invitational.
Seymour 4, Salem 0
Seymour recorded its fourth shutout of the season, winning 4-0 at Salem.
Clare Lenart had one goal and assisted Brielyn Tidd and Lindsay Swindell on scores, while Elizabeth Davis assisted on Devon Joray’s goal.
Seymour outshot Salem 20-7, and goalkeeper Zoe Cummings made seven saves.
“It was probably one of the best possession games we’ve played all season,” Owls coach Greg Musser said. “It was actually a complete game that we played today, which was nice to see. We had a couple of games with lackluster performances, and it looks like we’ve righted the ship, and we look like we’re back on track now.”
The Owls improved to 6-5 and on Tuesday will play at Jennings County.
Trinity Lutheran 2, Indianapolis Lutheran 2
Indianapolis Lutheran led 2-1 at halftime, but Trinity Lutheran scored 30 seconds into the second half, and the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
Rob Setty scored on an assist from Toby VanLiew, and Iisakki Saari scored on an assist from Stone Riddle.
Indianapolis Lutheran had 15 shots to Trinity’s seven, and Cougars goalkeeper Mitch Noelker had 13 saves.
The Cougars have all week off until playing host to a four-team tournament on Saturday.
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