Ranked volleyball teams take lessons from stiff competition: Brownstown Central comes in second at Carmel Invitational



By Tribune Staff Reports

CARMEL

Brownstown Central’s volleyball team had a solid win against Columbus East to open Saturday’s Carmel Invitational.

The Class 3A No. 4 Braves defeated 4A No. 3 Olympians 25-23, 21-25, 26-24, 26-28, 15-10 and then beat Terre Haute South 25-15, 25-23, 25-20 to move into the championship game against 4A No. 2 Carmel.

The Braves, though, lost that match, 25-20, 25-16, 25-15.

“We started out playing very well against East, and we really frustrated them and went on to beat them in five,” Braves coach Jennifer Shade said. “Terre Haute South, we beat them decent in three, and then we had to turn around and play Carmel after 20 minutes. I think if we would have had more legs (it could have been a closer match). We led a couple of those games for a while.”

Shade said she received compliments from Carmel coaches about the Braves’ defense against the Greyhounds.

“This was 6-1 players pounding the ball, and we were digging them and keeping balls off the floor,” Shade said. “I’m just proud of the girls. We probably grew and improved more than we have in the past few weeks. I feel really good going into sectional, and (the girls) do, too. They’ve got confidence.”

Abbi Shade led the Braves in kills on the day with 35, and Riley Wischmeier had 21. Trinity Booher led with six aces.

The Braves are 27-5 heading into Thursday’s Corydon Central Sectional match against Scottsburg.

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