Crothersville couldn’t pull off the first-round postseason upset.
The Tigers fell to West Washington 25-15, 25-14, 25-16 Thursday in the Class A Sectional 62 quarterfinals.
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Crothersville (3-20) dropped the opening four points of the match before the Tigers meticulously closed the gap at 11-9.
West Washington then went to work on offense, with its hitters finding open spaces.
The Senators built a double-digit lead before four points — on serves from Sam Hurtt — got the Tigers within six points at 20-14.
Up by nine points, a kill by Tilly Gilbert closed the opening set at 25-15.
The Tigers never tied or led in the second set.
While they didn’t manage a big scoring streak, the Senators slowly built a 12-6 lead at the onset of the second set.
The Senators continued piling on the points in small bursts with strong play on the front line, extending their advantage to 21-14.
A pair of aces and a kill from the Jerrica Schocke helped the Senators win the second set 25-14.
The Tigers held a one point lead until the Senators’ Taylor Foutch served up seven winning points, giving the team a 14-5 lead.
The Senators constructed a 20-10 advantage before running away with the match at 25-16.
“They didn’t perform to the best of their abilities,” Crothersville coach Kourtney Settle said. “ I didn’t think they played as hard as they could. I told them it was all about effort. There were some high points, but when they got down a few points they kind of just gave up.”
Maddie Riley led the Tigers with six kills and seven digs, and the team finished 44-for-46 in serves with two aces.
Hurtt and Kaitlyn Silvers will graduate from the Tigers’ program.
“They were hard workers,” Settle said of the seniors. “They were team players, leaders, who always tried to keep the team pumped up. Kaitlyn always gave 110 percent and Sam always had a good attitude. They’re going to be missed next year, and I’m glad I had them in my first year of coaching.”
The Tigers will return eight players to next year’s roster.