FRANKFORT — Crawfordsville got out to a 2-0 lead against Frankfort in Sagamore Conference volleyball action, but lost the momentum and the match 25-21, 25-15, 19-25, 18-25, 11-15 to the Hot Dogs.
The Athenians drop to 16-7 overall and 4-2 in the conference with one match left.
The Hot Dogs move to 11-13 for the season and they sit alone in second place in the Sagamore now with a 4-1 record.
“We let Frankfort take charge in that third game,” Crawfordsville coach Kelly Johnson said. “We had the momentum in the first two games, but gave it back. You can’t do that to a good team like they are at their place.”
The Athenians took the first two sets, and made it look like they were going to spoil Senior Night at Frankfort.
Jumping out to a 9-5 early lead, they took advantage of several Hot Dogs errors to take the first set.
A 7-0 run midway through the second set was all the Athenians needed as they cruised to the second set win.
Fortunes changed immediately though.
Frankfort jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the third set, behind the powerful net game of Ericka Ham.
The junior was either punishing a ball over the net or dropping short shots between Crawfordsville hitters, as she led her team to the third, and momentum-changing, third set,
“She’s (Ham) a good player,” Johnson said, “and she really played well the last three sets.”
The Hot Dogs finished the fourth set on a 13-6 run, coming from behind to win and get the home crowd all fired up.
A five-point run in the fifth set was the difference for Frankfort.
“We didn’t change much of anything in the last three sets,” Hot Dogs coach Kia Rushton said. “We just stopped making so many mistakes. I told the team that we had been down two sets before, and that all we had to do was concentrate and win that third one before anything else. I’m really proud of how the team came back. We played a really good, really tough Crawfordsville team well.”
Ham finished the match with 29 kills, followed by Madyson Corrie with 15. Senior Kaitlyn Emery had 48 assists.
The Athenians were led by Taylor Luft with 21 kills, while Bryanna Brooks had nine. Kassidy Bonebrake had 12 kills and 34 digs. Channing Miller had 23 assists and Paige Schueren added 21. Lacey Garrett had 23 digs.
“Things like this will happen,” Johnson said. “It is exactly what we did to Frankfort in the regular season and the sectionals last year. We lost the first two sets and then won the last three. We played hard through the last point, and I’m proud of the girls for that. I also know we learned that even if you do win those first two sets, you can’t let down, you have to bear down even harder in that third set.”
The Hot Dogs travel to Danville for another conference match Thursday and have to play North Montgomery to finish the conference season.
The Athenians entertain Covington Thursday and finish Sagamore play at Tri-West next Monday.
Frankfort won the junior varsity match 25-20, 25-15.