The Seymour volleyball team used an aggressive serving attack to defeat Jeffersonville 25-11, 25-12, 25-14 Saturday in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.
Coach Angie Lucas said she was pleased with the serving in their Hoosier Hills Conference and season opener.
“To start off with a conference win is big for us. Today, I felt like our serving was very aggressive,” she said as the Owls were 69-72-10 in serves. “We scored points off of our serving that we haven’t been able to do in the past. That was a really great thing for us.”
Addi Lemon was 20-20-4, Greer Henry was 12-12-2 and Journee Brown was 10-12-3.
Lemon said she just tried to find a weakness in Jeffersonville’s defense.
“I tried to go to the weakest person, and I tried to serve my deepest or I tried to serve them short to whoever the weakest person is or in the seams,” Lemon said.
Lemon says she feels like the team needs to play more consistent at a high level.
“I feel like we need to work on our energy more and bring that up because right now, we’re just mediocre energy. Once we bring that up, I think we’ll be 10 times better overall,” she said. “We need to read serves better because we get on a roll and then we get a girl with a top-spin serve and then we’re all messed up and flustered.”
The Owls were leading 13-8 in the first set when they went on an 8-0 run to take control. Olivia Fish had four kills during that rally.
Set point came on Olivia’s younger sister, Anna.
The Owls started out hot in the second set with an ace by Henry putting the team on top 5-0. A kill by Olivia Fish gave the Owls a 22-9 lead, and she had a kill for set point.
The Red Devils started out with a 3-0 lead in the third set before the Owls charged back and used an ace by Breanna Lawrence to tie it up 3-3. The score was tied at 11 before Seymour pulled away. Match point came when a Jeff player was called for being in the net.
The Owls had 50-58-36 attacking with Olivia Fish going 19-22-13, Lemon 6-6-5 and Lawrence 10-12-4.
“We have our players that always come through for us, and (Olivia Fish) did again today. You just can’t say enough about Olivia and what she brings to this program,” Lucas said.
Henry had eight digs, and Lucas said she felt the defense improved.
“Our defense is getting better,” she said. “I feel like we didn’t have as many balls hit the ground, and if it did, we had people going for it, which again is much improved over last year.”
Lemon had 16 assists and Lucas said, “I thought Addi really ran our offense well. We’ve been working on something a little bit different, and she did a really good job of running it.”
The Owls made it a clean sweep as the junior varsity won 25-16, 25-8, and the C team won 25-18, 25-13.
The JV had 22 attack kills and served 11 aces. Maddie Schrader was 11-11-7 in attacks and 9-9-4 in serving, and Norah Campbell was 18-19-6 in attacks and 9-10-3 in serves.
The C team had 11 kills and served 16 aces. Bailey Barr was 7-8-3 in attacks and 12-12-6 in attacks, and Kailey Lawson served four aces and had three digs.
The Owls will host Columbus North Tuesday night, and Lucas said, “I always stress serve-receive. We’ve got to be able to run our offense out of serve-receive. Right now, we’re not quite able to do that yet, so if our passing improves a little bit more in that area, it will be more helpful for our front row players.
“We want to continue to work on blocking. That’s a big key for us. It looked good at times today. I felt like at least we were going up together. We didn’t look like yo-yos up there. We were going up together and penetrating our hands over the net. It gave the other team a tough place to try to hit around, so that was perfect for us.”