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August 18, 2010

VOLLEYBALL: Lady Indians hold off Southern rally

BEREA — At the conclusion of his team’s loss to district rival Madison Central on Tuesday, Madison Southern coach Bill Yarnall was already thinking about the next showdown between the two schools.

“I know the scoreboard doesn’t say we won, but my girls can walk away knowing that they can beat that team any time they want,” Yarnall said.

However, this time around Central (2-1) got off to quick starts in both games and then held on for a 2-0 (25-20, 25-20) win in Berea.

The Lady Indians jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the opening game and then went on top 7-2 in the first few minutes of the second game.

“Our serve-receive was awesome,” Central coach Elizabeth Morrow said. “That’s the best serve-receive we’ve ever had. That’s been my main complaint for years. They were awesome.”

Southern (1-2) rallied from those big deficits to get back in both games, but behind the serving off Brooke Morrow, Katie Lamb and Carrie Campbell, Central never trailed.

Brooke Morrow put the Lady Indians on top early, ripping a series of serves that gave her team a double-digit lead.

“She’s always served pretty well,” Elizabeth Morrow said of Brooke Morrow. “That’s her strongest attribute. I’m proud of her. But, I’m proud of all them.”

Sarah Shaffer and Gabriella Bowling each had kills as that lead expanded to 15-2.

Strong serving by Shaina White fueled a Southern comeback. The Lady Eagles got back to within three points (18-15), but Central pulled away when Bowling served a pair of aces.

“The girls beat themselves on serve-receive,” Yarnall said. “In every other aspect and in every other category, we beat that team. Hands down. We beat them. We just could not get it going on serve receive.”

Lamb and Campbell gave Central an early lead in the second game, but Southern rallied once again. The Lady Eagles cut the lead to 13-9 before Bowling delivered a block and a kill that gave Central some breathing room.

“You could tell her confidence was up in that second game,” Morrow said of Bowling, who is still recovering from an ankle injury. “It’s still a little tender and a little sore. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Southern is set to return to action Thursday at home against  North Laurel.

Central is set to return to action Thursday at Rockcastle County.

The rematch between Central and Southern is set for Sept. 23 in Richmond.

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