When Seymour and New Albany meet on the volleyball court, fans of the schools have come to expect a highly competitive match.
Thursday night’s battle in the Class 4A Sectional 15 at Seymour didn’t disappoint. The No. 10 Owls won, 25-12, 24-26, 25-23, 25-19, to advance to Saturday’s semifinal against No. 13 Floyd Central.
Seymour started out strong in the first set. Chandler Clark served a pair of aces to make it 2-0; a kill by Hayden Dailey set the score at 5-0, and a kill by Megan Kimbley increased Seymour’s lead to 9-2.
Michelle Hoene, Dailey, Clark and Abby Speer came up with strong kills to help the Owls extend their lead, and Kimbley had kills on the final two points of the set.
“Good teams are going to come back hard, and that is exactly what New Albany did,” Owls coach Angie Lucas said.
The Owls broke a 2-2 tie in the second set with a string of six-straight points, but the Bulldogs rallied back to cut its deficit to 11-10. Seymour led 23-20 on a block by Jessica Lucas before New Albany scored four-straight points. The score was tied at 24 before the Bulldogs scored the final two points.
The Owls trailed 21-18 in the third set when Lucas called a timeout. Seymour rallied to even the score at 22, and then Kimbley had an attack for a 23-22 lead. Set point came as a result of New Albany hitting out of bounds.
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