Owls finish third in HHC Tournament: No. 4 Columbus East trumps Floyd Central for championship

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FLOYDS KNOBS — Half of the volleyball teams in Saturday’s Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament are ranked in the top 15 in Class 4A, so the title was for the taking.

No. 9 Seymour was looking to repeat as HHC champion but it wasn’t meant to be. The Owls went 2-1 and placed third out of eight teams, and Owls coach Angie Lucas didn’t see the same team that has pulled out big wins in recent weeks.

First, Seymour defeated Madison, 25-21, 25-11. The Owls then fell behind early in the first set against No. 14 Floyd Central and couldn’t recover in losing 25-16, and they maintained the lead in the second set until the Highlanders made some adjustments, grabbed the lead and held on for a 25-19 win.

That put Seymour in the third-place match, and the Owls struggled against a determined Jennings County squad, trailing a majority of the first set before rallying late and scoring the final five points for a 25-23 win. They then scored the first three points of the second set to lead all the way and win, 25-17.

“I thought the whole day, we performed very poorly,” Lucas said. “I feel like key players did not bring their A game today, and I don’t know how you cannot bring your A game to this conference tournament as competitive as this is. We came off the great Brownstown win on Tuesday, and then to come out as flat as we played today was very disappointing.”

Seymour jumped out to leads of 6-1 in the first set and 9-1 in the second set to command Madison.

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