Coach Leah Young says her Medora volleyball team made a lot of progress this season.
“At the beginning of year our incoming freshmen, most of them weren’t even serving overhand. None of them had a position. They just played general volleyball in middle school,” she said. “So, that’s all we worked on all summer, fundamentals, trying to get them in positions and serving overhand.
Young was impressed with her team’s serves Tuesday night in the Trinity Lutheran Sectional against Rising Sun. The Hornets fell to Rising Sun 25-13, 25-11, 25-8 in the opening match of the Class 1A sectional.
Medora had to battle Rising Sun with just six players in uniform, seniors Savannah Brewer and Abigail Johnson, sophomore Jenna Bowers and freshmen Haylee Sons, Esmerelda Doyle and Breelee Underwood.
The Hornets held a 2-1 lead in the first set before the Shiners scored 4-straight points to lead the rest of the way.
Medora scored back-to-back points three times in the first set. An attacking error by the Shiners, followed by an ace from Brewer cut the Shiners’ lead to 12-8.
Bowers had a kill for the Hornets and the Shiners followed with an attacking error for a 21-11 score, and the Hornets used a serving error and attacking error to cut their deficit to 24-13 late in the set.
Rising Sun jumped on top 5-0 in the second set. After Medora made it a 12-8 score, the Shiners scored the last 13 points of the set.
The Shiners (8-17) received an ace by Sidney Halloran to take a 3-0 lead in the third set. Bowers followed up with a kill for a 3-1 score before the Shiners built their lead to 14-5.
An ace by Underwood left Medora trailing 17-7. Medora scored consecutive points on attacking errors by the Shiners to make the score 23-11 before Cora Poling had a kill on set point for the Shiners.
This was Young’s first year coaching the Hornets and they finished with a record of 2-15.
Rising Sun dominated play at the net.
“We worked on blocking this week, but other than that we haven’t blocked much this season because a lot of the teams we played didn’t have hitters like (Poling, a 5-10 middle hitter),” Young said. “We didn’t play Rising Sun this season. That is the first time we’ve seen them. We did watch some of their highlight reels and kind of prepared for that. They did great blocking for that being their first match this season that they blocked.
“We don’t have enough fast enough players to be able to block too much to cover. We did what we could with what we had.”
As Medora’s season came to a close Tuesday night, Rising Sun advanced to the semifinal of the sectional and will play West Washington on Saturday. The other semifinal will be between Trinity/Crothersville and Jac-Cen-Del/Oldenburg, and both of those matchups will come this Thursday.