NEW MARKET—It took more than 32 years for Southmont to put their name atop the county Volleyball mountain, but the Lady Mounties planted their flag there Tuesday night by claiming a five game thriller over rival Crawfordsville, 3-2.
Southmont prevailed 13-25, 27-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-13.
“Someone sent me a paper of the last time Southmont won County.” A thrilled Lauren Nichols said. “It was 1984, I wanted something tangible that I could post in the locker room.”
Ultimately, the motivation worked, but may have fired the Mounties up a bit too much at the outset, dropping the first set to the Athenians.
“Sometimes, you want it so badly that your nerves kind of take over.” The head coach said.
Crawfordsville hoped to take command in the second, leading 15-9, but a three-score rally by the Mounties knotted the score at 15. Southmont then outlasted the Athenians in a marathon second set 27-25, when Carolin Schueren’s sideline hit dropped just outside the line.
Southmont took the third set, too, but failed to lock out the Athenians in the fourth game, when Schueren lobbed a little dink shot over the Mounties’ blockers to give Crawfordsville a four-point lead and ultimately the game 25-20.
“We were more aggressive, tonight, than we have been all year.” Crawfordsville head coach Kelly Thompson said. “Especially early on, considering we don’t have the upper-class experience, we battled—we played good volleyball tonight.”
The match and the title was up for grabs in the fifth and deciding game, all knotted up at 5-5. But then a tough dig by Karsyn Mussche on a hard kill attempt by Madison Wendelin provided the leverage for the Mounties to build a three shot lead.
Veda Emerson’s three service aces in the final two games helped lock up the title.
“Sometimes one side of the court seems to get more of the runs in a game.” Johnson surmised.
“Crawfordsville never gave up tonight. How could they? This was a great match.” Nichols said. “And I would never expect less from one of Kelly’s teams.”