The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet 
Senior Kaiti Chadd brought home some solid serving and 31 digs during South’s first win against South Putnam.
The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet
Senior Kaiti Chadd brought home some solid serving and 31 digs during South’s first win against South Putnam.

NEW MARKET – The Lady Mounties have been knocking on the door looking for their first win of the season. After taking the Lady Mustangs to five sets last Thursday, and dropping two close games to Frankfort on Saturday in the Noblesville Invitational, Southmont finally got the proverbial monkey off their backs with a25-21, 25-16, 25-17 win over the South Putnam Eagles.

“Tonight’s win was amazing,” said Mountie head coach Kristin Charles. “We’ve been close, so many times lately, so it was nice to finally finish.”

The first set was back-and-forth. The Mounties forced an Eagle timeout leading 21-15. They would extend that lead to 23-16 after a Diamond Hutchinson kill, before the Eagles clawed their way back to trail just 23-20 that forced a Mountie timeout. However, Macy Wells kill gave the Mounties set one.

The Mounties rode that momentum to jump out to a 16-4 lead midway through the second behind the strong serving of Kaiti Chadd and Kaylee VanCleave. The Eagles would get it as close as 22-16, but the Mounties would close it out to take a 2-0 lead.

“We did a nice job of stopping their runs tonight,” said Charles. “We haven’t done that this year. We’d go on runs, and then we’d let the other team go on runs that were two to three points longer. Tonight, we did a much better job of controlling that.”

The Mounties stayed hot through the start of the third set, leading 14-2. Bella McIntyre recorded three aces and Kasey Burton had two kills and a block during the run. However, the Eagles weren’t going down without a fight. They’d get it as close as 16-9, but the Mounties would close it out with their strong service game.

“We tried not to close it out in game three, but we pulled it through,” added Charles. “We dug deep and pushed through adversity, and that’s what we’ve been teaching the last several weeks. So, I was happy to see that.”

“We had excellent serving,” continued Charles. “We had five missed serves, but that’s excellent. Our aces, 15, far outweighed our service errors, and that’s what we need.”

The Mounties were led by McIntyre’s eight aces, and VanCleave’s 3. Chadd had 31 digs and Brittany Barrett added 11. Burton led the way with six kills and Emily Schultz added 3.

“I thought Emily Schultz served well and hit the ball well tonight,” said Charles. “Also, Bella (McIntyre) had a great setting and service game for us.”

The Mounties (1-13, 0-2 SAC) will look to continue their winnings ways, as they battle Sagamore Conference foe, Lebanon, at home tomorrow.