Volleyball experience propels Tigers past Hornets in straight sets


Crothersville’s experience was a big factor in Thursday night’s volleyball match against Medora.

That is the opinion of Hornets coach Sara Carney, who saw her team lose to the Tigers, 25-12, 25-17, 25-10.

The Tigers had five seniors on the floor for most of the match, while the Hornets only have two seniors on their roster.

“They’ve got five seniors and a lot of juniors, and we’ve got two seniors,” Carney said after the Tigers topped the Hornets for the third time this season. “Experience plays a part, I’m sure. We’ve got two sophomores and a freshman in our regular rotation.”

In the first set, the Tigers opened a 7-3 lead after a kill by Chandler Nehrt before Montana Wheeler put down an attack to close the difference to 8-6. Crothersville then went on a 7-0 run, and the closest Medora came after that was 23-12 on a string of three straight points. Hailey Pasley had a kill for the final point in the set.

Medora got off to a good start in the second set. A kill by Hannah Elkins gave the Hornets a 7-4 lead, and they held a 9-8 lead following a Crothersville passing error. The Tigers then gained leads of 13-11 and 17-11, and the Hornets were unable to pull any closer than five points the rest of the way.

Crothersville assistant coach Leah Gillaspy said, “Playing a team three times in a season always helps because you know what you’re facing. We started out with momentum, lost it a little in the second game, then regained it in the third, and that really helped. I’d say the girls’ passing was actually pretty good, other than the second game, and also our serving. Our serves were huge. The only time we let down was in the second game, and they were still able to bring themselves out of it.”

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