By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Less than two weeks into the season, the Lady Indians have already matched up with both of their cross-county rivals.
And they’ve picked up a pair of solid victories.
Madison Central (2-0) got off two quick starts in both the first two games and rolled to a 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-18) win over Madison Southern Tuesday in Richmond.
Last Tuesday, the Lady Indians — the defending 44th District champions — defeated Berea Community 3-0 (25-5, 25-5, 25-7).
“The big thing is just getting those jitters out and that we are coming out prepared and working hard, no matter who we are playing,” Central coach Marita Kinley said.
The Lady Indians used their superior presence at the net to overpower Southern (5-4) just as they did in last year’s district championship game.
The opening set was tied (4-4) before Demetria Young ripped off a series of big serves, including two service winners, that gave Central a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Payton Templeton had an ace, Haleigh Morris added a kill and Katie Stuart added two aces as the Lady Indians wrapped up the first game.
Templeton had several kills early in the second game as Central jumped on top 5-1. Southern battled back within four points (11-7) before kills by Morris and Katherine White sparked another run.
Young once again got hot at the service line and Templeton finished off the game with a service winner.
“We kind of dug ourselves a hole in the first two games and we had to fight back,” Southern coach Jeremy Grant said. “We chipped away and when it seems like we needed a big play to get over that hump we made a bad play. They always had a answer.”
Southern had a 4-2 lead early in the third game before Tyra Cain ripped a pair of aces. The Lady Eagles stayed close the steady play of Kenoa Gallion and Jordan Adams, but never could regain the lead.
“That’s the great thing about volleyball. That’s why I love the game. The momentum changes so quickly — at any given moment,” Kinley said. “You just never know. The big thing is just trying to maintain that momentum from set to set and I think the girls did a pretty good job doing that.”
The teams are scheduled to met again on Sept. 24 in Berea.
Southern is set to return to action Thursday at Mercer County.
Central is set to return to action Tuesday at Clark County.