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Harrison volleyball remains unbeaten with victory over Lafayette Jeff
September 3, 2013Lafayette Jefferson High School
Over the summer, Harrison’s volleyball team traveled to Indianapolis for league nights on Thursdays, hoping the unity and experience would pay off during the high school season.
So far, it has during a 4-0 start.
At Crawley Center Thursday, the Raiders dropped the opening set to Lafayette Jeff — their first of the season —before controlling the pace over the next three in a 20-25, 25-16, 25-1, 25-19 victory over the Bronchos.
“Coming in, it wasn’t a new start at all,” junior outside hitter Brynn Roy said. “We were really used to it. Everyone had confidence. We knew how we played on the court together and we knew our weaknesses and what we had to get better at because of the amount of play we got this summer.”
Despite the setback and the lopsided third game, Lafayette Jeff was able to take positives away against a taller and more experienced team.
Senior Carlie Hinkel posted nine kills and seven digs and Jessica Griggs and Madison Flanagan combined for seven aces and 17 digs.
The Bronchos took a set from Harrison and bounced back after losing a 25-1 set to battle pretty much even through 33 points in Game 4 before running out of gas down the stretch.
“I cracked a couple of jokes, because there’s no reason to dwell on it,” Jeff coach Scott Graves said of the 25-1 third set. “The girls were embarrassed, they were upset. We ran out of gas and didn’t pass well at the end of Game 4, but they dug deep. A lot of teams losing like that in Game 3 to their rival, the next game is a slam dunk. It’s over. I was really happy for the girls to come back out and respond like they did.”
The serving of Grace Yahiro and Kiley Banker led to a Game 3 rout. Each finished the match with four aces and Sydney Garrett ended the night with three. Elizabeth Coleman supplied seven kills and nine digs and Rebecca Dinkel had a match-high 12 digs.
After the summer getting acquainted as setter/hitter combo, Harrison sophomore Banker and junior middle Kassandra Williams seem to be finding their rhythm.
Williams led the Raiders with 16 kills on Thursday, including eight in the final set.
We are still a work in progress with connecting,” Williams said. “We get better each set. You’re going to have some trials and errors, but you have to move past it. With more sets, you get more comfortable and confident with it.”
Banker said she’s still trying to develop a rapport with all hitters as she adjusts to her first season at the varsity level.
“It’s hard, because I am still working with all my hitters and working on defense,” she said. “The more I go on and the more my team is encouraging me, it’s really helpful.”
The Raiders will try to remain unbeaten with a trip to Mishawaka for a Saturday tournament, followed by matches against Clinton Prairie and state power Avon.
“Last year’s loss to Carmel (in the regional) was hard for our girls, because I think our expectations were really high coming into that game,” Harrison coach Lindsay Charles said. “I think we competed well. I think this year we knew we could come back and be even better. They set their goals really high, and I think they are working hard every single day to make sure that we achieve them.”