Photos by Lori PoteetNorth Montgomery and Crawfordsville will undoubtedly be a barn burner.
Photos by Lori Poteet

North Montgomery and Crawfordsville will undoubtedly be a barn burner.
Sparks will fly Saturday at North Montgomery as the Chargers and Crawfordsville Athenians meet at volleyball Sectional 25.

The sectional opens with Western Boone and Lebanon Thursday at North Montgomery. North Montgomery is 17-16 and finished 6-1 in the Sagamore Athletic Conference, tying for first with Western Boone and Lebanon. Crawfordsville is 15-15.

"What a cool draw. To draw your county foe, your conference rival," North Montgomery head coach Jodi Webster told The Paper. "You can't get a bigger rivalry coming into the sectional. You're also going to see it in the first game with Boone County in the first match. What a great sectional and what a great atmosphere going on here at North Montgomery."

The Chargers were victorious 3-0 when the teams met at Crawfordsville during the regular season. The win clinched the Montgomery County title for North.

Both schools know that records and previous history is irrelevant when the postseason rolls around.

"We will start tomorrow. North Montgomery's a good team. They have some good players and play good defense. We need to be prepared mentally to have a chance to win Saturday," Crawfordsville head coach Kelly Johnson told The Paper Monday after the team's regular season finale.

Crawfordsville's offense flows through Hannah Hungerford and Kim Hampton, both juniors. Hungerford has 159 kills and a team-high 43 aces on the year.

Hampton leads the Athenians with 221 kills, has 35 aces and is more than capable on defense with 258 digs and 47 blocks.

Lacey Garrett anchors the defense from her libero position with 438 digs.

"I know way to well that anything can happen in the sectional. It is who is ready, who is on fire and who wants it. We're ready to roll. It's that moment. We've all waited on this for a year," Webster said. "Sectionals - it's everything. And you never know who's going to be that person to step up. That's what's so cool about it."

North Montgomery has a pair of juniors that can swing it too. Ally French (204 kills) and Cortney Kolger (201 kills) are second and third on the team to senior Lindzy Sabens' 219 kills.

Kolger and Sabens are deadly from long-range as well. Kolger has 58 aces on the year and Sabens has 42. They both fall short of senior libero Brook Karle's 59 aces.

Karles is the center of the defense with 472 digs. Conner Norman (45), French (40) and Carli Cahill (37) lead the way in blocks and can clog up the net very quickly.

The Chargers and Athenians will meet at 11 a.m. The winner will go to the championship at 6 p.m. against the winner of Western Boone / Lebanon vs. Frankfort. Lebanon won the regular season matchup of Boone County schools and Frankfort was winless in the conference.