Photo by Lori PoteetAlly French (left) and Kim Hampton battled each other back and forth Saturday.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Ally French (left) and Kim Hampton battled each other back and forth Saturday.
LINDEN -- The volleyball season came to an end for Crawfordsville Saturday in the sectional semifinal thanks to North Montgomery. The Chargers beat the Athenians in four sets, 25-19, 9-25, 25-19, 25-17, to advance to Saturday night's sectional championship against Western Boone. The Stars went on to win the sectional in four sets.

"It was well played by both teams," Crawfordsville head coach Kelly Johnson said. "I'm so proud of the girls. I hate it for the seniors. It breaks their heart and it breaks my heart for them. Our aggressiveness was there today. We wanted to win today and we proved that with our effort. Can't say enough for our girls."

Between the Montgomery County rivals, it was a battle at the net. Ally French, Cortney Kolger and Lindzy Sabens came out swinging for North Montgomery and Kim Hampton and Mackie Edwards did their best to turn them back at the net.

"As long as we kept swinging, that was a big thing for us," North Montgomery head coach Jodi Webster said. "It was an exciting time this morning and it's been carrying through this whole week."

Crawfordsville was successful getting hands on the ball early on, but they didn't pick up enough clean blocks to make an impact. Hampton and Edwards finished with five and three blocks, respectively, but Kolger, French and Sabens tallied 14, 13 and nine kills on the day.

The teams turned 180s in the second set. Crawfordsville had great serving that cause North Montgomery to be struggle with offensive flow. The Athenians dominated the set, but the Chargers bounced back and took the last two, ending Crawfordsville's season. Before the third set, Webster took the team out of the gym to refocus them and deliver a message.

"We just made errors in that second set. That's not our game. They had to let it go. We went out and had a nice heart to heart and told them let it go. Be tough. This is what we've trained for," Webster said. "We told them to relax and hit the ball. The biggest thing was that they came back."

Crawfordsville graduates six seniors from this year's squad.