Injuries can’t keep Owls from win

The Seymour volleyball team needed only three sets to defeat Jennings County in a Hoosier Hills Conference matchup Thursday evening at the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.

The Owls showed dominance during a 25-16, 25-13 and 25-10 victory despite missing some key players from the roster.

Seniors Chandler Clark and Mollie Borcherding both have ankle injuries while senior Macey Chase has a hamstring injury.

Borcherding is expected to return as soon as Saturday for the Providence Invitational.

Owls coach Holly Birdsong said the team battled through those injuries and slight confusion as the team had to rearrange some positions on the court.

Birdsong said it did not seem to faze the team much as other players stepped up to fill the roles, and junior Hannah Sipe filled in for Clark to lead the offense, senior Emilee Pollman covered the middle, and junior Lauren Fleetwood helped with kills on the outside.

“Those three were really good tonight,” she said. She said other members of the team also came through for the effort. “For them to come through and still play strong; I’m proud of them.”

In the first set, the Owls used several five-point runs to work their way to 25-16.

The second set seemed like it was going to start strong for the Panthers as they went up 2-0 quickly, but the Owls bounced back and took them to 5-2 and never looked back.

By the last set, the Owls were on cruise control and marched quickly to a 10-4 lead before ending the game on a three-point run.

Birdsong said the team showed strong communication during the match, which contributed to the dominating performance.

Through communication, the team was able to hone in on what they had prepared for, she said.

“I think the girls were just talking and communicating the things we have been working on in practice,” Birdsong said. “I’m really happy with that.

“I think we came out pretty strong tonight, we had to change up the line up from the last game we played because of the injuries – and we’ve had to mix up our practice – but everyone did their part and picked it up,” she said. “I’m pleased with tonight.”

The Owls are now 3-4 on the season and will travel to the Providence Invitational on Saturday.