Cubs halt losing streak to Owls 3-0 at Seymour
SEYMOUR - Madison volleyball coach Jeff Lawson had never beaten Seymour during his tenure. Saturday, that losing streak came to an end. One big factor stood out during Saturday’s battle between the Hoosier Hills Conference squads. Madison knew how to close each set. Whenever the Owls were inching closer and closer, the Cubs were able to withstand the pressure and slam the door shut. As a result, Madison swept Seymour in straight sets 25-13, 25-19, 27-25. With the win the Cubs remain unbeaten on the season at 4-0 and also pick up a victory in their HHC opener. Lawson says the leadership of his five seniors - Madelyn Thomas, Hannah Imel, Ainsly Liter, Kelsey Preocanin and Kingsley Hanson - played a huge role in the victory. “We’ve never beat Seymour before so that right there is a big accomplishment for us,” Lawson said. “I’m proud of the way they came through and real proud of the seniors. Most importantly, I’m just glad of the way they pulled through.” Imel says the time spent together has been a factor to their great start this season. “We worked together a lot and even though we get bad passes, we always find some ways to use our athletic ability,” Imel said. “When the ball comes over, we use our thoughts and basically let each other know that we have it and trust one another.” That athletic ability showed in the first set when the Cubs built an early 6-3 lead. After both teams traded a couple of points, the scoring frenzy was on for Madison. Liter served up an ace and Thomas added a couple of kills to spark a 10-0 run for Madison to lead 17-5. Seymour did have a minor four point rally later in the set to cut the margin to 21-13 but it was too little too late as Madison scored the final four points. Seymour tried to turn the tables in the second set when the Owls started aggressive and attacked to help build a 4-1 lead. That evaporated quickly once the Cubs’ service game came through to retake the lead 5-4. The teams traded points with the Owls leading 7-6 before Madison went on another big run scoring seven of the next eight points, highlighted by the serving of Preocanin and Thomas to lead 13-8. The Owls wouldn’t go away, however, as they eventually charged back to cut Madison’s lead 19-18. Thomas, however, put an end to the rally by delivering a big kill to make it 20-18. That sparked the rest of the team and Madison finished the set by scoring five of the next six points. The third set belonged to Madison early as the Cubs jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead. Seymour charged back by going on a 7-2 run to cut the margin to 10-9 and the teams never had a lead of more than three points the rest of the set. Madison had match point leading 24-21, but Seymour battled back to score four straight points and lead 25-24. Madison the held off the Owl’s set point to tie the game and scored another point to lead 26-25. Hanson served the next ball over and when Seymour returned it, Preocanin found Thomas, who capped off the set and match with an exclamation kill. “It came down to just wanting it more,” Thomas said. “We never beat Seymour since Jeff has been the coach here so we had that initiative to beat them this year.” Liter served 16 for 18 with three aces, 10 kills, and five blocks. Hanson was 14 for 16 with two aces and seven digs. Imel went 13 for 15 with an ace and five blocks. Thomas led the team with 12 kills. Preocanin tallied 29 assists and five digs. Addy Hill added six digs and Angel Koontz added five blocks. Madison hosts Charlestown on Thursday.
Carroll 4-1 after 3-1 run at Ludlow Invitational
Carroll County volleyball ran its record to 4-0 on Saturday by defeating conference rival Lloyd Memorial 25-21, 25-21 before losing its first match of the season 25-11, 25-14 to a 6-1 Dayton squad. The Panthers went 3-1 in the Ludlow Invitational overall with wins over Silver growve and Ludlow on Thursday. The Panthers visit Trimble County Wednesday.