Crawfordsville met Attica for the second time in two weeks Thursday.

 

After disposing of the Red Ramblers 25-11, 25-5, on Aug. 22 to help them claim the North Putnam Invitational, the Athenians again swept their visitors, 25-14, 25-16, and 25-18.

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After leading 18-12 midway through the first set, Crawfordsville scored seven of the final nine points for the win.

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Attica kept things interesting in set two. They held a slim 5-4 lead before Caroline Schueren recorded one of her seven kills on the night to knot things up at five. Big sister, Paige, would record one of her four aces to give the Athenians a 7-5 lead.

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The teams would trade points before Crawfordsville went on a run to open things up. Leading just 14-11, the Athenians would score 11 out of the final 16 points, on two kills by Hannah Hungerford and strong serving from Kim Hampton and Faith Fyffe to win 25-16.

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“We tried to use a little bit of everyone tonight,” said Athenian head coach Kelly Johnson. “It was fun to get some kids in that don’t get a lot of playing time.”

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“Give Attica credit, they played well against us,” she continued. “Sometimes it’s hard to shift gears when a team doesn’t play a set offense, but we played well and got some good experience.”

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The third set was almost a mirror image of the second. Attica (0-8, 0-2 Wabash River Conference) played well at the start of the set, actually holding an 8-6 lead, before six straight points off the serve of Caroline Schueren gave the Athenians a 13-8 lead.

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A Madison Wendelin kill made it 16-11. However, Attica wasn’t going to go quietly. They got as close as 23-18 before the Athenians closed it out on a Hannah Hungerford ace to improve to 8-4, 0-1 in the Sagamore Conference, on the season.

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“We look to get better every time out, and I thought we did that tonight,” said Johnson. “The girls all did their job, which was nice to see.”

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Emily Cullen, Hungerford, and Caroline Schueren all had seven kills, while Hampton had six. Faith Fyffe finished with 14 assists and C. Schueren 13. Hampton, five, and Paige Schueren, four, led the team in digs.

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The Athenians are back in action Tuesday as they travel to Cayuga to take on the North Vermillion Falcons.