Volleyball Team Drops CIC Match To Argylls

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Fall Sports, Volleyball

BY SCOTT HUNT – shunt@chronicle-tribune.com
FAIRMOUNT — Madison-Grant’s young volleyball team kept itself atop the Central Indiana Conference volleyball standings as the race for league supremacy starts to heat up.

The Argylls hosted Grant County and CIC rival Oak Hill on Tuesday and both teams started entered with unbeaten mark in conference play.

M-G started off well but struggled somewhat through the middle portion of the match before finally subduing the Golden Eagles in four sets, 25-17, 19-25, 25-19, 25-21.

“We’ve worked a little bit on unconventional passing moves this year and I think that helped us in this match,” said M-G’s first-year coach Kayla Jump. “We started out pretty strong serving and passing but we had a little blip the rest of the match with our serving and passing. We’ve been working a lot on out of system balls because we struggle with that pretty bad. I thought they did pretty well to keep playing even though its not a perfect pass type plays.”

The Argylls got out to a 7-1 lead in the first set and were able to maintain the lead throughout. Eventually Madison-Grant extended to a 23-12 advantage before closing the set 25-17.

It was Oak Hill that grabbed and early 5-2 lead in the second set and play went back and forth through the midway point. M-G took its first lead at 11-10 before the Eagles ran off three points in a row. Madison-Grant answered back with three in a row to lead 14-13 before the match was tied at 14,15 and 16.

From there another three-point run by the Eagles sparked a 9-3 run and allowed Oak Hill to even the match at one set each, 25-19.

Eagles’ senior Taylor Westgate had five of her 14 kills in the second set, but the Argylls battled her for every point at the net.

“The thing about Taylor is, no matter where you set up a block, she’s going to hit around you,” Jump said. “Really it becomes where you are going to set your block and where you’re going to play defense with her. Not all of (her kill attempts) were defended well because she is super strong with her upper body. The girls started reading a little better near the end of the match and I think that helped us.”

The Argylls scored the first four points of the third set and held leads of 12-6 and 18-8 and 22-10 before finishing it off 25-16.

M-G did one better in the decisive fourth set starting out with five-straight points and extended out to a 14-7 advantage. The Eagles kept battling back and closed within 17-14 and eventually got as close as 23-21, but kills by Grace Holmberg and Azmae Turner scored the final two points for the Argylls and clinched the match.

“We just had some let downs and against a good team like Madison-Grant you just can’t have that,” said Oak Hill coach Kristi Carmichael, referencing serving and passing errors by the Eagles.

“We came together and we turned it around on the attacking. We worked together for the most part,” she added. “Those are things we keep wanting to do. Obviously we’ve got to get a handle on our serving because we gave up some points. Those are some things and they’re all just mental things.”

Holmberg, a sophomore, equaled Westgate with 14 kills while sophomore Katie Garringer added 10 kills and senior McKenna Lugar added seven. Turner, Lugar and Emma Brummet all had four blocks. Brummet served seven aces and Holmberg had two. Senior Alia Whitton led M-G with 28 assists.

“We don’t have like one player and its a good and bad thing because you always want that hot hand,” Jump said. “For us its a different person each match but I think thats hard for people to defend against. I tell them all the time everybody has got to come to play.”

Julianne Gosnell had seven kills for Oak Hill while Alyssa Carmichael added six. Abby Shaw and Carmichael both had 16 digs and Ella Ridgeway finished with 22 assists.

The focus for Oak Hill moving forward into CIC play and getting ready for sectional in less than a month wont change.

“The same thing we’ve been focusing on, one point at a time, one play at a time,” Coach Carmichael said. “Focus on ourselves and what we can do better.”

Madison-Grant (14-3, 4-0 in CIC) travels to Waphani today at 7 p.m.

Oak Hill (10-7, 3-1 in CIC) hosts Elwood today at 7 p.m. in another CIC battle.

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