ROACHDALE — The Southmont Volleyball team began their quest for a second straight sectional title on Thursday when they took on Cloverdale in the opening round of the Class 2A Sectional 44 Tournament hosted by North Putnam. The Mounties were able to make quick work of their opponent with a 25-9, 25-13, 25-10 sweep.
Coming in as the reigning sectional champions, Coach Lauran Nichols knew there would be pressure on her team to perform.
“I think the girls put a lot of pressure on themselves to perform coming in,” Nichols said. “I did like that we didn’t get the bye to Saturday. It feels nice to just come in and play. We’ve talked about coming in and playing every game as hard you can because now a loss means your season is done.”
Sidney Veatch ended the night with 4 kills, 11 assists and an ace. Chelsea Veatch recorded nine assists and eight aces. Kaley Remley led the way in kills with 11 and also five aces. The Mounties in total recorded 25 total aces in the three-set win. Makia Pierce also contributed with seven aces.
The Mounties (12-8) controlled the match all night long, however service errors, mental mistakes and some miscommunications allowed Cloverdale to hang around. Nichols knows that area of will have to be cleaned up moving forward.
“We didn’t allow them to get a ton of points tonight, but the points they did get were more off our errors than the points they earned,” Nichols said. “In the first set we had way too many communication errors. That did get better as the game went along as we started to put the ball where we knew there open spots on the floor.”
With the win the Mounties move on to the sectional semi-finals Saturday. They will be matched up against host-school North Putnam who back on Aug. 24 picked up a 3-0 win over the Mounties. That was only Southmont’s second match of the season. These two teams also met in the sectional title game last season.
“There is definitely some history between us,” Nichols said. “We’re a completely different team that what we were back then. They are a very intense team and they work hard and are very scrappy. We’re going to have to be able to match their intensity and hustle on defense.”
The game between the Mounties and the Cougars will begin at 11 a.m. If Southmont is able to pick up a win, they would play in the sectional championship which begins at 7 p.m.
Indians to advance
The Crawfordsville volleyball team swept Twin Lakes 3-0 (25-4, 25-7, 25-8) on Thursday to advance to Saturday’s IHSAA Sectional semifinal against Frankfort at Benton Central.
Laine Schlicher led the Athenians with 14 assists, five digs and four kills. Macy Bruton had 21 kills, seven digs and four aces, while Shea Williamson added 15 assists, five digs, and four aces.
Hallie Gayler has six kills and two aces, while Olivia Reed had 10 digs and an assist, while Allyson Barton has four aces and a dig. Alyx Bannon had four kills, two blocks and a dig, while Lindy McCarty had one dig.
The Athenians and Hot Dogs will square off at 11 a.m. The winner will play the winner of Benton Central and North Montgomery in the championship at
7 p.m. Saturday.