Cougars dig out win on senior night


On their senior night, their coach said they played their best match of the season.

Every time it looked like the momentum shifted away, it came right back to the home team.

Trinity Lutheran’s volleyball team toughed-out a 25-17, 25-22, 26-24 victory against a strong Henryville squad Tuesday.

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In the opening set, the Cougars (13-14) built a 7-3 advantage which was capped by a kill from Lexi Schneider.

Henryville (17-7) battled to keep the score within four points until Trinity went on a 5-0 run to go up 19-11 prior to running away with the set.

The second set saw 10 ties between the teams.

After trailing for the opening 21 points, Abby Hackman had back-to-back kill to put the Cougars up 13-12.

Ahead 23-22, the Cougars sealed the set with a dink into open space by Schneider and a Hornets hitting error.

Trinity came out firing in the third set, but the Hornets would answer.

The Cougars won the first five points behind serves from Ashley Goecker.

Sydney Stahl guided a block and slammed a kill to put the Cougars up 12-5 midway through the third.

Despite the early advantage, the Hornets swarmed back to tie the game before taking the lead on a Trinity service return error at 15-14.

Following a timeout, Hackman had back-to-back hits to retake the lead.

The teams tied seven more times before a kill by Hackman and Abby Schult closed the match in extra play.

“I’m very proud of them, this was the best they’ve played all season,” Cougars coach Chelsea Stroub said. “Normally, if the other team would get a couple points we would get down on ourselves. We came back and moved on from out mistakes. We played with confidence and together — it was great to see.”

Hailley Peters pounded 17 hits with eight kills and Schneider was an efficent 12-for-13 with four. Chloe Criswell added five to the Cougar’s 30 total kills.

Serving, Goecker was 16 of 17 with an ace and Courtney Barker had two aces.

Stroub felt that the team excelled in a number of areas for the victory.

“It was well-rounded,” she said. “Everything was clicking tonight. Our passing was there, setting, blocks — it was just awesome. It was a great win.”

Whitney Rogers, Peters and Schneider were all honored prior to the match for their years of service.

“(The seniors) are such hard-workers and are very coachable,” Stroub said. “They’re going to be missed after the season. They’re hustlers: the first ones on the court and the last ones off the court.”

On Saturday, the Cougars will play at the Silver Creek Invitational to close out the regular season.

Their first match is against Clarksville at 10 a.m.

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