JEFFERSONVILLE — Seymour head coach Angie Lucas said it was all about setting the tone Thursday night as the Owls volleyball team opened up sectional play against Bedford North Lawrence.
Seymour was able to make quick work of the Stars, winning in three sets 25-13, 25-8, 25-13.
“We wanted to make sure we played our game and set the tone for us,” Lucas said. “We felt like we did that.”
Lucas said there weren’t a lot of nerves for her team either. This is an experienced group that wants to be ready for moments like the postseason.
In Seymour’s winning effort, Owls hit nearly perfect, going 92-96 for 41 kills. They served 76-81 for eight aces.
Olivia Fish led the team in hitting, going 42-43 with 16 kills, Cali Cummings went 15-15 with 10 kills and Breanna Lawrence went 13-14 with six kills.
Greer Henry served 19-21 with three aces, Fish served 11-11 with two aces and Lawrence served 18-19 with one ace. Addi Lemon had 35 assists for the Owls and Henry had 13 digs.
With the win, Seymour improved to 27-4 overall and are winners of 17 straight.
The Owls advance to the semifinals on Saturday morning against host school Jeffersonville at 11 a.m.
The Owls beat the Red Devils way back in their first match of the season on Aug. 13. Seymour won the match in three sets 25-11, 25-15, 25-14.
But Lucas said it’s a different Jeff team than it was in early August. The Red Devils (10-20) have returned some key players who weren’t available at the start of the year.
“We know Jeff is a much different team,” Lucas said. “We know Saturday is going to be fun, but I told the girls it’s going to be stronger competition. We’re going to have to be ready to play, and we want to set the tone like we did tonight.”
If Seymour gets past Jeff, the Owls would play for the sectional championship Saturday night at 6 p.m. The title match would be against either New Albany (18-12) or Floyd Central (25-6), who will play after Seymour on Saturday.
The Highlanders beat Jennings County in three sets after Seymour’s match on Thursday night.
Seymour has defeated New Albany this season but have yet to beat Floyd Central. All matches are being played at Jeffersonville High School.