Thursday NPHS wrapup: VB, BTE win HHC matches, GGO sets low
September 5, 2013By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
The Dragon volleyball team dominated the first two sets, then staged a huge rally in the third to sweep Greenfield-Central 25-16, 25-21, 25-23.
Megan Hawley's kill on a long point ended the night, but the Dragons had a solid team effort.
Senior libero Jamie Morris had 30 digs. Hawley had 10 kills and 24 digs.
"I am so proud of how the girls played tonight," NP coach Kelli Whitaker said. "We played with so much energy and fire. Even when we fell behind in the third set we remained calm and closed out greenfield. This is a huge victory for us and its even sweeter because we closed them out in three. Thank you to the fans ad student section. We want that presence at every match."
The Dragons are now 5-4 on the year and 1-0 in HHC play. They next play Tuesday at Eastern Hancock.
G-C won the JV match 23-25, 25-22, 15-9.
The Dragon tennis team won a nail-biter against Shelbyville, taking the HHC match 3-2 for their fourth straight victory.
NP swept the doubles, with Pete Rusche/David Thompson winning in straight sets 6-4, 7-6, and Ben Farley/Shayan Khokhar winning handily 6-3, 6-3. That brought things to No. 3 singles, where freshman Jake Purcell closed out a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 match in the third set to win.
"A really solid match overall. We started out really strong, we kind of slid just a little bit, so we need to make sure we stay focused on every point," NP coach Chris Hardin said.
The Dragons are now 6-2 and 2-1 in HHC play. They host University and Silver Creek on Saturday, their fourth and fifth matches in five days.
The NP JV won 10-2.
A record-setting season for the Dragons continued, as they posted an all-time low at their home course in a victory over Lawrence Central.
The Dragons shot 177 to beat the Bears, who shot 212 at The Links.
Two days after clinching the individual county title, Abby Poole won medalist honors with a 39. Cassie Rooks and Bailey Kamp each shot 44, and Sarah Rose a 50.
"We played at home without Carly (Jones) and still shot a 177, a season low at home," NP coach Gregg Greene said. "I was especially glad to see Bailey shot another personal best after setting a new mark Tuesday at the county. We are approaching the point where several girls can go low on the same day which improves our opportunities in the tournament."
The Dragons next compete Saturday in the Shelbyville Invitational.