Brownstown Central volleyball sweeps Seymour in Jackson County rivalry match


It was all Brownstown Central High School, as the volleyball team defeated Seymour in dominant fashion at the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium Tuesday evening.

The Class 3A fifth-ranked Braves defeated the Owls 25-17, 25-9, 25-13 as they rolled to a 22-3 record.

“I think our defense really kept us going and didn’t let many balls drop,” Braves coach Jennifer Shade said.

The Owls’ (18-13) offense struggled, as the team did not record an ace throughout the three sets.

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The Braves also outserved the Owls going 72 for 75 with four aces, while the Owls went 36 for 41.

The Braves took an early command in the first set, jumping to a 9-2 start over the Owls. That led to a timeout by coach Angie Lucas, and the Owls stabilized but never regained their footing, only scoring consecutive points from serves once during the set.

The teams exchanged points briefly, and the Owls began to chip away at their deficit, but the Braves were able to secure the 25-17 win.

The Braves used a run behind Riley Nuss, who served five consecutive points, to start the second et.

Things didn’t change for the Owls in the second set, as the Braves rolled to a crushing 25-9 win.

The Braves were led on runs by Keeli Darlage, Reagan Nuss and Brooklyn Snodgrass.

Snodgrass scored the final eight points for the Braves to secure the win and led the team in serving overall, going 14 for 15 with two aces.

Shade said Snodgrass is part of a team of strong servers.

“Our serving is aggressive, and it seems like we have a different leader from game to game,” she said. “That’s awesome because that means we’re well-rounded.”

The Owls were unable to score consecutive points from serves in the game.

That was credited to a strong defense by the Braves, Shade said.

“It’s good when you can let a team score but answer that with something else,” she said. “I’ve told them that it’s OK to let a team score, but you have to turn around and respond to it. I think we did that well tonight.”

The third set began more competitive for the Owls the teams were tied at 5, but that’s when the Braves’ Halle Hehman began serving and led the team on a 5-0 run. That gave the Braves a 10-5 advantage, and they didn’t look back.

They were able to secure the set 25-13 and won the match.

Lucas said it was a frustrating night on the court for the Owls.

“I don’t think we served well, and we didn’t pass well,” she said. “Brownstown is a really good team that is well-coached, and they will exploit our weaknesses, and they did.”

Lucas said the offense was unable to establish a rhythm and the team was out of sync on defense.

“That’s what happens when you play really good teams,” she said. “They rattle you, and we were chasing balls and out of position on defense.”

Lucas said one positive for the night was when the team was able to recognize seniors on senior night.

“We have six wonderful ladies that have brought a lot to this program,” she said. “They’re a great group of young ladies and set us on track.”

The Braves will face Class 4A No. 1 Providence on Thursday. Shade said the team is looking forward to how they will match up against them.

“We accept that challenge to compete at the highest level of competition since they’re No. 1,” she said.

The Owls will face Bedford North Lawrence on Tuesday.

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